CARES Act COVID-19 Aid Grant

Cares Act Application

To maintain compliance with federal regulations regarding receipt and distribution of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security (CARES) Act funding, St. Johns River State College (SJR State) is required to provide the following information:

Reporting for CARES Act COVID-19 Aid Grant (7/14/2020)

SJR State understands that many of its students are struggling financially due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The College has established a COVID-19 Emergency Aid Grant, funded by the recently passed CARES Act. The funds cover expenses related to the disruption of normal college operations due to the pandemic.

The grant is a minimum $500 award that can be used toward food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and childcare. Funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note the funding from the CARES Act comes with eligibility requirements as determined and enforced by the federal government. As we continue to receive guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, please be aware that eligibility and the award process is subject to change.

To be eligible, the applicant must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Be a currently enrolled student at SJR State
    For students enrolling in summer terms, funds will not be disbursed until after drop/add: Summer A - May 15, full summer term - May 19, Summer B - July 3.
  • Must be enrolled in a degree or certificate program at SJR State
    Applicants who are enrolled in a fully-online program may not qualify to receive funds.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
    Your official high school transcript must be submitted to the admissions office, if not already submitted. Questions should be directed to
  • Must be making satisfactory academic progress
    This includes a 2.0 GPA or higher, a 67% or higher completion rate, and must not have reached maximum hours. For more information, visit Standards of Academic Progress for Financial Aid.
  • Have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Information and access to the FAFSA can be found here:
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible noncitizen
    The completed FAFSA will confirm your citizenship status.
  • Have not previously received an emergency stipend or any COVID-19 aid from SJR State during the 2020 spring and summer terms
  • Complete the CARES Act COVID-19 Aid Grant application

All grant applications will be reviewed by the Financial Aid Office for eligibility and may require additional criteria. Students who qualify and have made a direct deposit refund method selection will have money disbursed within 14 days of receiving his/her approval notice. Students will be notified on the status of their application via their SJR State email.

Students who have not selected a refund method can do so here Select Refund Method. Eligible students who do not opt for direct deposit as a refund method will receive a check by mail. Please note that delivery by mail may take up to four weeks from the date of receiving approval notice.

Funds should cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student's cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).

SJR State is committed to helping its students through this pandemic to achieve their academic goals. Please be aware that eligibility and the award process is subject to change.

Questions? Call 386-312-4040 or email us at

The CARES Act funding is limited and not guaranteed.

Criteria was developed by following guidance from the U.S. Department of Education.