CARES 2021 Grants for Students (Fall)

The Black Hawk College CARES 2021 Grant was made possible by 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.

NOTE: Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2021 only. Applications for Spring 2022 will not be accepted until mid-January 2022.

ELIGIBILITY

To qualify for a Black Hawk College CARES 2021 Grant, a student must:

  • Have been enrolled in fall coursework on or after September 7, 2021 (after 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.

*NEW* Beginning with the Fall 2021 semester, high school dual credit students and students enrolled in non-credit career programs are eligible to apply for the BHC CARES 2021 Grant.

STUDENTS ENROLLED IN COLLEGE CREDIT COURSEWORK

Qualifying students enrolled in college credit coursework, including dual-enrolled high school students, are eligible to receive up to $2,000 in CARES 2021 Grant funds:

Fall Enrollment Maximum Grant
12+ credit hours $2,000
6-11 credit hours $1,000
1-5 credit hours $500

To apply, these students should complete the CARES 2021 Grant: Student Certification online form.

Allow 10 business days for your application to be reviewed – updates will be sent to your myBlackHawk email. For information on receiving your emergency grant money, please refer to FAQ #7.

STUDENTS ENROLLED IN NON-CREDIT CAREER PROGRAMS

Qualifying students enrolled in non-credit career programs are eligible to receive up to $500 in CARES 2021 Grant funds. (For a list of eligible non-credit career programs, please refer to FAQ #2.)

To apply, these students should contact their program instructor for application details.

For information on receiving your emergency grant money, please refer to FAQ #7.


Grant Compliance Reporting

Student Grant Portion Reporting

Institutional & Strengthening Institutions Grant Portion Reporting


Frequently Asked Questions 

1. What is the 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. If I am approved, how will I receive my emergency grant funds?


8. Does the money need to be repaid?


9.  Would this funding reduce my financial aid?


10. What is the deadline to apply?


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


12. Are there other financial aid options available?


13. 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 fall 2021 semester as well?


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


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


16. Who can I contact for more information?


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