COVID-19 Emergency Grant – CARES Act

The CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant provides emergency financial aid assistance to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus as stipulated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act signed into law March 27, 2020. The CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant is distributed to eligible students based on need as determined by the 2019-2020 and/or 2020-2021 FAFSA/Dream Act application. The award amount is various based on each student’s enrollment status. Funding is limited and is subject to the rules and eligibility requirements found in Section 18004 of the CARES Act.

Students can use the CARES grant to pay for any expenses, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, transportation, childcare, et cetera.

Students do not need to apply for the CARES Act, the college will automatically award to all eligible students who meet the emergency grants eligibility. Emergency grants will be automatically disbursed to students through the Financial Aid Office. No application is needed. For any questions regarding the CARES Act, please contact the financial aid office at 510-981-2941 or

Students can view the award from their Passport Student Center in “View Financial Aid” under the Finances tab. It will be disbursed via the District’s financial aid partner, BankMobile. Student can visit their BankMobile account to view the disbursement. For BankMobile Vibe account questions, contact 1-877-327-9515.

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CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds Disclosure:

  1. Berkeley City College acknowledges that the institution signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  2. The total amount of funds the institution has received or will receive from the Department of Education pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students is $922,262.00.
  3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of July 30, 2020 is $787,600.00.
  4. The estimated total number of students at Berkeley City College eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 5143.
  5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 1964 as of July 30, 2020.
  6. The methods used by Berkeley City College to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act are as follows:
    1. District Office Institutional Research provided a list of all potentially eligible students to the campus.
    2. The college financial aid office awarded and disbursed aid to students based on the eligibility list that was provided by the district.
    3. Awards are between $100 and $500, based on a student’s financial need and the number of units they were enrolled in each term.