Financial Relief for SCC and our Students

As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the federal government established the Higher Education Relief Fund, which appropriated $1,873,482 to South Central College to cover costs related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 with allocation designated as follows: 

  1. College's Expenses:  50% or $936,741 of the CARES funding is being used by the college itself for expenses incurred as a result of COVID-19. Examples of such expenses include the cost of putting more classes online, providing additional class sections to enable social distancing and implementing additional campus safety protocol.

  2. Students' Expenses: 50% or $936,741 of the CARES funding is used for the college to distribute financial assistance grants to students.  See below for details.  

CARES Financial Assistance Grants for Students 

 CARES financial assistance grants are provided to students in two ways:

  1. CARES Emergency Fund Grants - Apply Now:  Emergency Fund Grants are currently available to eligible students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 and can be distributed through the end of Spring Semester 2021 to students impacted by COVID-19.  Eligible expenses include food, housing (e.g. rent and utilities), course materials, technology (e.g. computer purchase and internet service), health care, and child care. Students may apply for these funds using an online application and will receive a response to their request within two weeks with payment then made through paper check or direct deposit. Click the button below to apply today, 

    Cares Emergency Fund Grant Application


  2. CARES Direct Distribution Grants:  Eligible Spring Semester 2020 students immediately impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak received these grants automatically in May 2020 based on 2019-20 federal financial aid records and the number of credits taken in the Spring Semester 2020. 

Eligible Students

Most students who meet specific criteria are eligible to receive financial assistance grants. Those not eligible include students receiving a tuition waiver or having a third party paying for their tuition (e.g. employer), corrections students, apprenticeship students, high school/PSEO students, and Farm Business Management students. 


For questions, please email South Central College's Financial Aid Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or dial 389-7220 and select option 2.