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Address check and disbursement timeline

Emergency funds may be mailed. Make sure your address is updated in MyPCC or your check may be sent to the wrong address.

Application received by Funds distributed by approximately
April 16 by 5pm April 30
May 7 by 5pm May 21
May 21 by 5pm June 4

Getting by while in college can be a challenge, and sometimes an expense comes up that you can’t avoid. That’s where these emergency funds come in. These funds keep students in school, preventing them from dropping out due to a short-term financial crisis.

The Spring Term emergency grant application is closed. Summer Term emergency grants are planned to open the week of June 21.

Type of funding

Funds are intended to help with short-term financial emergencies and expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

HEERF grant

HEERF Emergency Grant

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provides funds to students for expenses related to the cost of attendance or emergency costs due to the disruption of the pandemic. The CARES, CRRSA, and ARP Acts direct colleges to distribute these funds to those with the greatest financial need. If you have questions about this grant, contact COVIDgrant-group@pcc.edu.

This grant does not need to be repaid. You can apply for one grant per term, three per academic year. Receiving an emergency grant may impact your financial aid. For more info, contact the Financial Aid Office.

Funds can be used for:

Emergency costs that arise due to the coronavirus or any component of the cost of attendance:

  • tuition and fees
  • food
  • housing and utilities
  • books, supplies, and course materials
  • technology for school
  • healthcare
  • childcare
  • expenses related to a disability
  • emergency costs that arise due to the coronavirus
Eligibility criteria:
  • Must be enrolled in at least one course at PCC

Apply for an emergency grant »


How will I receive my funds?

  • In BankMobile: may be an option for all financial aid eligible students
  • By check: option for non-financial aid eligible students (this option may take longer than normal due to remote college operations)

Unclaimed funds may be returned and redistributed to other students after 90 days.

Emergency grants and taxes

Receiving an emergency grant can have tax implications, and you may want to consult a tax advisor. You may need to report grants on your tax return:

  • HEERF Emergency Grant: does not need to be reported on tax returns. The IRS has given guidance on this – see HEERF tax info on IRS.gov.
  • GEERF Emergency Grant: the IRS has not given guidance on this – consult a tax advisor.

Need help or more information?

For more funding, see our COVID-19 Community Resources page. This page has a number of public benefits, community resources, and PCC programs that can also assist you and your family. For more information about emergency relief funds at PCC, visit: CARES Act information for students.

Visit Aunt Bertha or 211.org. These are central sources for providing information about help services like safe housing, food programs, health care and job training.