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CARES Emergency Funding

​Being away from campus, moving operations online and using alternative methods of instruction has been quite the challenge for students, staff and our community as a whole. It's hard to wrap our brains around the reality of living through the first major pandemic in over 100 years. Mind blowing to say the least. We understand that you may be facing increased financial challenges and are here to lend you support in these times of uncertainty.

Orange Coast College received $9,120,468 in federal emergency grant funding as part of the CARES Stabilization Funding Package which allows us to assist students with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the corona virus.

The Department of Education requires each institution to sign the funding Certification and Agreement and submit a report regularly on how the fund is distributed. As part of the reporting requirements, Orange Coast College is required to disclose the following information on its website:

  1. Orange Coast College has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement with the intention of using no less than 50% of the funds received to provide direct assistance to students who have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

  2. Orange Coast College has received $4,560,234 from the Department of Education to be distributed directly to students.

  3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students thus far is: $4,560,234.

  4. The estimated total number of students eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants at Orange Coast College: 5,041 students.

  5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant: 3,417 students.

  6. Award Amounts are assigned by the tiers below and all eligibility requirements below:

Tier 1

​Tier 2

Tier 3

Tier 4

Tier 5

12 or more credits

EFC = $0

Total Award


6 - 11 credits

EFC = $0

Total Award


12 or more credits

Pell Eligible EFC

Total Award


6 or more credits

EFC greater than $5576

Total Award


6 - 11 credits

EFC between $1 - $5576

Total Award


 *All students awarded CARES for spring 2020 and enrolled in the summer 2020 or fall 2020 term at OCC will receive an additional disbursement.  Subject to fund availability.


  • US Citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen

  • Not enrolled in ALL online courses

  • Complete and submit a 2019-2020 FAFSA Application (need not qualify for federal financial aid)

  • Register with selective service (males only)

  • Valid social security number

  • Have a valid High School Diploma or GED

  • Be enrolled in an eligible Program of Study

  • Making Satisfactory Academic Progress       

Orange Coast College provides the following instructions to eligible students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants:

Financial Aid Students – eligible students (meet all criteria listed above) should have already received an email from the Financial Aid Office with a link to complete an application for the Emergency Financial Aid Grant.

Non-Financial Aid Students - The Financial Aid Office has sent an email to eligible students to encourage those students to apply for the 2019-20 FAFSA. Once the Financial Aid Office receives the FAFSA, eligible students (meet all criteria listed above) will receive an email with a link to complete an application for the Emergency Financial Aid Grant.


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