COVID-19 Emergency Funds

Emergency Funds Update

Applications for Fall quarter funds will open in September 2020. Please check back for updated information.

If you are a student experiencing financial challenges due to COVID-19 that may prevent you from being successful, you may qualify for a special emergency grant from the federal CARES Act.

Allowable Expenses

You may apply for COVID-19 emergency funds if you need help paying for tuition, fees, course materials, food, housing, technology, healthcare, or childcare expenses. These expenses must be directly related to changes due to the coronavirus pandemic.


According to Department of Education guidelines, if you have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or are eligible to do so, then you qualify to apply for these funds. To be considered for this emergency funding, you must:

  • Be an admitted and registered student in the 2020-21 school year
  • Be a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  • Have a social security number
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Not be enrolled in a program that was already 100% online before the COVID-19 pandemic
  • For male students, have registered for selective service (not applicable for students who arrived in the US after age 26)

How to Apply

  • Fill out the online application form in September
  • A priority deadline will be posted in the fall, however, students may continue to apply after this date until all funds are distributed
  • You will be asked to specify the dollar amount you need for one or more categories of expenses
  • You will be asked to provide information about your circumstances related to COVID-19 and you may upload supporting documents
  • You will need to enter your Shoreline student identification number (SID) and personal identification number (PIN) on the application

Distribution of Funds

  • Funds will be disbursed as quickly as possible to students
  • Please note: all tuition and fees must be paid in full before other funds requested will be disbursed
  • This grant does not need to be repaid and will not negate or replace any financial aid you may already be receiving
  • You may reapply for this grant in fall quarter 2020, winter quarter 2021, and spring quarter 2021, as funds remain available


If you have questions or need help filling out the form, please email If you are in need of immediate food or housing assistance, please connect with our Benefits Hub for help.


CARES Act Reporting as of July 17, 2020

Shoreline Community College has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement whereby the College 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.

  • Total funds received for Emergency Financial Aid Grants: $2,438,383 total received, with $1,219,167 to be awarded directly to students
  • Total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students to date: $243,832.38
  • Estimated number of students eligible to participate in Title IV and eligible for Emergency Financial Aid Grants: 4,498
  • Total number of students who have received Emergency Financial Aid Grants to date: 160
  • Method to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants: Students submit an application that addresses all Title IV eligibility requirements by a published deadline. Grants are awarded on a first come, first served basis with a maximum award of $2,065. Individual award amounts are determined by an awarding matrix based on student-identified need for assistance with technology, food, rent and housing, tuition and fees, books and supplies, childcare, or healthcare. Students are notified of their awards by email and funds are disbursed to students via Bank Mobile. Students who are not awarded are also notified.