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This page continues to be updated as additional emergency grants become available; visit frequently for the latest information.

CARES Act & Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act, provides students much-needed grants to address the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). HEERF provides funds to institutions for emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Student Eligibility Requirements for HEERF

On April 27, 2020, IVC received funding approval for $4,485,810.00 from the CARES Act, with the first half of the allocation going directly to assist as many as 4,353 students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The other half of the funding is allocated to the institution to partially offset any allowable costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus. At IVC, we anticipate distributing funds remaining to students in the form of emergency relief grants. As of May 15, 2020, 2,689 IVC students have received a HEERF Grant for the Spring 2020 semester, for a total of $1,344,500.00.

To be eligible for a HEERF Grant, a student must be enrolled and attending classes while these funds are available at IVC; have IVC listed as their college of record; have submitted a completed 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form (or 2020-2021 application for Fall 2020) and any required supplemental documentation; and not be enrolled in completely distance education courses prior to March 13, 2020.  The Financial Aid Office reviews student eligibility bi-weekly to make awards to students and so no separate application is needed.  In addition, an email notification was sent to FAFSA eligible students regarding the HEERF Grant and completing the FAFSA.  

The HEERF Grant amount is for $500 for each recipient.  Funds are disbursed to students on the regularly scheduled disbursement dates through the Nelnet Student Choice Refund Management System.  Funds are provided on a first come, first served basis.  

Students, it is our number one job to care for you. Please know that all of us are working extremely hard to do so.

Together, we are #IVCStrong!  

Frequently Asked Questions: CARES Act & HEERF


  1. Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CARES Act
  2. Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement for the Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Formula Grants Authorized by Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act
  3. Grant Award Notification (Award Period: 4/24/20-04/23/2021)
  4. Grant Award Notification (Award Period: 5/06/20-05/05/2021)

IVC Student Emergency Fund

If you are a currently enrolled Irvine Valley College (IVC) student who needs some financial assistance to help relieve the recent pressures caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the IVC Foundation is accepting applications for emergency grants. Apply Today! Applications may take up to two weeks to process.