CARES 2021 Grants for Students (Summer) - Black Hawk College

CARES 2021 Grants for Students (Summer)

The Black Hawk College CARES 2021 Grant was made possible by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) signed into law on December 27, 2020, and the American Rescue Plan of 2021 (ARP) signed into law on March 11, 2021.

Funds are intended to assist students with expenses for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care. All awards must adhere to federal statutory and regulatory requirements.


In order to apply for a Black Hawk College CARES 2021 Grant, a student must:

  • Have been enrolled in summer semester coursework on or after June 21, 2021 (census day), and
  • Have expenses related to their cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care.

Students enrolled in non-credit coursework and dual enrolled high school students are not eligible for CARES 2021 Grant funding.

Award Amounts:

Qualifying students are eligible to receive up to $1,000 in CARES 2021 Grant funds.

To avoid delays in receiving funds, students should select their refund preference through BankMobile. (If you do not have your personal code, please click on “Need a code?” under the Get Started button.)


NOTE:  Applications are currently being accepted for Summer 2021 only. The Fall 2021 application will not open until late August.

To apply, qualifying students should complete the CARES 2021 Grant Student Certification Form.

CARES 2021 Grant: Student Certification Form »

Did you complete a 2021-22 FAFSA? Has there been a job loss or a reduction in income since 2019? If you or your parents (included on the FAFSA) have experienced a significant reduction in household income since 2019 AND you will attend Black Hawk College during the Fall 2021 – Spring 2022 school year, you may qualify for an adjustment to your 2021-22 financial aid application. Complete the 2021-22 Special Conditions Intake Form (PDF) for an initial review.

Grant Compliance Reporting

Student Grant Portion Reporting

Institutional & Strengthening Institutions Grant Portion Reporting

Frequently Asked Questions 

1. What is the CRRSA Act and ARP?

2. Who can apply for a CARES 2021 grant?

3. What kinds of expenses are covered by this grant?

4. How much can I apply for?

5. How can I apply?

6. After I apply, how do I find out if I received an emergency grant?

7. Does the money need to be repaid?

8. Would this funding reduce my financial aid?

9. What is the deadline to apply?

10. What additional resources are available if I need access to food?

11. Are there other financial aid options available?

12. I previously attended Black Hawk College and already received a CARES Act grant at that time. Can I fill out a CARES 2021 Grant application for the summer 2021 semester as well?

13. Is this grant includible in my gross income for taxes?

14. Will I be able to claim a tuition and fees deduction for items that the grant proceeds were used to cover?

15. Who can I contact for more information?

16. Will Black Hawk College include the CARES 2021 student emergency grant funds on student’s 1098-T?