COLUMBUS- Central Community College will receive nearly $1.9 million from the U.S. Department of Education to assist with COVID-related expenses.
The allocation is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Securities Act, or CARES, which was passed earlier this month. The measure stipulates that half of the federal dollars be directed as emergency cash grants for students impacted by the coronavirus. Student expenses could include lost wages, housing costs, health care costs, child care, and computers or other necessary technologies for remote instruction of college courses. CCC President Dr. Matt Gotschall said CCC is pushing for students to apply as early as Wednesday. The funds will not only be available for current students, but those looking to begin or complete coursework this summer and fall.
The remaining funds allocated to CCC are not yet available but will be designated to cover additional COVID-related costs incurred by the college and may include unplanned expenses.