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CARES Act Emergency Relief Fund

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act establishes an emergency relief fund to aid students with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic. Learn more about the CARES Act relief fund.

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Updated Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 5pm.

How do these changes related to COVID-19 impact you? And what can you do to stay informed?
First and importantlyregularly check your MyPCC email for updates and critical information. This is the way that the college will be connecting with you. MyPCC Announcements also will be used to communicate critical information.

Below is information that addresses the operations changes and available support that you can expect in the upcoming weeks.

first aidHow do I access services I would normally visit on-campus?

Visit the Virtual Help tab in MyPCC to see the remote support options for our key business services. You can also visit service area websites for more information, which is being updated continually.

What are the next key deadline dates for Summer Term?

  • Start of summer term: Monday, June 22.
  • Last day to drop 8-12 week classes: Saturday, June 27.
  • Last day to choose financial aid refund option: Saturday, June 27.
  • Last day to add classes: Tuesday, June 30.

Visit the Academic Calendar for important dates.

What programs are offering in-person classes this summer?

A limited number of academic exceptions for in-person classes are being offered the second half of Summer Term and for Fall Term. Decisions on these exceptions will be based on current criteria set forth by the HECC and the Governor’s executive orders, which prioritize programs essential to maintaining the health and safety of Oregonians.

These programs are being determined by PCC’s Academic Affairs Council and the Vice President of Academic Affairs Office — with the caveat that they will maintain the health, safety and well-being for students and staff, including access to necessary personal protective equipment. The programs offering in-person classes will be shared when the lists are finalized.

What other resources are available to me?

We’ve collected a lengthy list of community resources to help you with a variety of needs.

Will there still be a commencement?

In light of COVID-19 and social distancing, PCC is postponing the 2020 commencement ceremony. The event, which was set for Friday, June 12, has been rescheduled for December 2020. At the end of Spring Term, we plan to recognize our graduates and offer ways to celebrate your efforts. Graduates will receive an email with:

  • A video message from President Mitsui
  • A digital graduation announcement that can be printed or shared electronically
  • Personalized PCC Class of 2020 Snapchat and Instagram photo filters

We look forward to seeing your celebratory photos on social media and continuing the celebration in December. Go Panthers!

How do I access my online/remote class?

Visit online.pcc.edu or click the “D2L Brightspace login” link in the Quick links section in MyPCC.

How can I get help with this new class format?

For many of you, this may be your first time in an online classroom environment. We recommend:

How do I take a placement test for Reading/Writing?

Because our Testing Centers are not open, an advisor can help you assess your placement for Reading and Writing. See our Placement tests page for more information.

How do I get and/or return my books?

All spring term purchases through the Bookstore will need to be done online. PCC Bookstores are offering free UPS ground shipping on all online orders for Spring Term. The Bookstore is working on several adjustments to their services and due dates, including working with UPS to automate a returns process. The rental book due date for winter term has been extended to June 15. Please check the Bookstore website frequently for updates.

Will I need a parking pass if I have a class that will meet on campus this summer?

Parking passes are not required for summer term. Learn more about parking and transportation.

What do I do if I would normally talk to my instructor in person at the first class for things like a waitlist exception or audit option?

These can be requested via email to the instructor of the course. Instructors are able to facilitate these approvals through email. Please use your PCC email to contact your instructor.

What if I don’t have a computer or internet access – should I drop my class?

We have some resources to help you, including free wi-fi connectivity options. Additionally, if you are in need of a computer, wi-fi, or other support to access remote/online coursework or college services, please provide more information on the Student Technology Needs form and a staff member will contact you soon.

How will my federal work study be affected?

Read the work study FAQs to learn about how your aid will be impacted and if you can keep working.


As always, don’t forget to check your MyPCC email often! We will continue to regularly send critical updates.

We will continue to update the college’s coronavirus website, so please remember to regularly check it for new information.

We thank you in advance for your support and partnership as we work together to ensure that PCC is taking preventative and responsive measures during this time. Please know that our faculty and staff are working very hard to prepare to deliver excellent instruction and support during Spring Term.


Need help getting started at PCC? Contact our admissions staff for support. Current students can visit the Virtual Help tab in MyPCC to find remote support options for PCC services.