Coastal Georgia CARES Grant Program

The College of Coastal Georgia is committed to student success. As such, the College is awarding grant funding to qualifying students to assist those whose enrollment has been impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding for the Grants is being made possible by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act passed by Congress in March 2020.

The purpose of this website it to provide general information about the Coastal Georgia CARES grant program. If you have additional questions about your status, please contact the Bursar's Office at (912) 279-5746 or email bursar@ccga.edu.


How is the Coastal CARES grant program structured?

The Coastal CARES grant program awards qualifying students in three phases:

  1. The Coastal CARES Base Grant - Part 1: Qualifying students who were enrolled full or part-time at the College as of March 13, 2020 will receive a base grant of $375.
  2. The Coastal CARES Needs Grant - Part 2: Qualifying students who were enrolled full or part-time at the College as of March 13, 2020 and received the Pell Grant as a part of their financial aid package will receive an additional grant of $375.
  3. The Coastal CARES Student Emergency Fund - Part 3: Qualifying students may apply for Coastal CARES Emergency Fund grants to assist those who have experienced additional hardships as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. These funds will be available to supplement amounts already disbursed in parts 1&2 of the Coastal CARES grants and are intended to address unexpected emergency expenses related to the cost of attendance. Funds will be requested through an application process.

Who qualifies for the Coastal CARES Grants?

In alignment with guidelines provided by the US Department of Education and the University System of Georgia, students must meet all of the following qualifications to be eligible to receive grant funding:

  • Full or part time Coastal Georgia students not exclusively enrolled in on-line courses at the institution as of March 13, 2020.

    AND
  • Students who have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2019-2020 academic year and qualify for Title IV funds. This typically means that you have completed your FAFSA and were notified by the Financial Aid office that you are eligible to receive federal loans and/or grants.

Under these guidelines, students who are classified as Transient, non-degree seeking, Dual Enrollment, or those who were enrolled entirely on-line as of March 13, 2020 do not qualify for the grant.

If I didn't fill out the 2019-2020 FAFSA, do I qualify for any part of the Coastal CARES grant program?

No. In order to qualify for the Coastal CARES grant program, students must be eligible for Title IV funding. Title IV eligibility is determined by the Department of Education based on the information provided on the 2019-2020 FAFSA. If you did not complete the 19-20 FAFSA, then you are not eligible to receive CARES funds until your application is filed and evaluated by the Department of Education.

Is there a way for me to qualify for the Coastal CARES grant if I didn't complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA?

Maybe. If you did not complete the FAFSA for 19-20 and you are interested in completing it to see if you qualify for the CARES funding, you have until June 30, 2020 to do so. Visit www.fafsa.gov to begin the application.

If you have questions or need help completing the application, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (912) 279-5722 or visit www.ccga.edu/financialaid.

All of my classes were on-line for the spring semester. Do I qualify for the Coastal CARES grant?

Unfortunately, no. According to guidance from the US Department of Education, CARES funds are intended to ease the financial burden of cost of attendance created by shifting from an in-person to an on-line learning environment. If all your courses were already on-line, you do not meet the qualifications of the grant.

If I qualify, what do I have to do to receive the Coastal CARES grant?

Nothing. Qualifying students will automatically receive Parts 1 and/or 2 of the grant. If you have questions about your eligibility, you may contact the Office of Financial Aid at (912) 279-5722 or email finaid@ccga.edu.

If I qualify, will I have to pay these funds back?

No. The Coastal CARES grant program is made possible by funds received from the federal government as a result of the CARES Act passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on March 13, 2020. It is not a loan, and you will not have to pay these funds back.

What are these funds for?

The Coastal CARES grant funds are intended to ease the burden of additional cost of attendance expenses incurred as a result of moving from an in-person to an on-line educational environment (i.e. food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, child care, etc.).

When should I expect to receive the Coastal CARES grant?

Depending on how you elect to receive your refund, you may expect to have your grant in hand on or around the week of May 11 - May 15, 2020.

How will I receive the Coastal CARES grant funds?

Grant funding will be issued using the refund method you selected in your COAST account. The most efficient way to receive your refund is via direct deposit. If you have not updated your COAST student account refund selection, please do so by 5:00pm on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 by logging into your MYCCGA Portal.

If you choose to recieve your Coastal CARES grant funds via check, please make sure your current mailing address is correct. Log into your MYCCGA Portal to access your COAST account to update your mailing address by 5pm on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 as well.

How do I apply for emergency funds?

Qualifying Students may apply for the Coastal CARES Student Emergency Fund by clicking HERE or visiting www.ccga.edu/caresemergency.

What if I have questions about the Coastal CARES grant program?

For questions concerning your eligibility for the grant, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (912) 279-5722.

For questions concerning your refund method or to check on the status of your refund, please contact the Bursar's Office at (912) 279-5746 or email bursar@ccga.edu.

For questions about the Coastal CARES Emergency fund, please visit www.ccga.edu/caresemergency.


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