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CARES 3 Student Emergency Grant Assistance

On December 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) was signed into law. This new law supplements the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), and permits the U.S. Department of Education to distribute additional funds to institutions of higher education in order to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), also called CARES 3 at MassBay Community College. A portion of the funds disbursed shall be used for making emergency assistance grants directly to students. As required by Federal law, priority for awarding emergency grants will be given to students with exceptional financial need, such as students who receive Pell Grants. However, students who are not Pell recipients or are enrolled exclusively in distance education courses are also eligible to apply for CARES 3 Student Emergency Grants.

CARES 3 Act FAQ (Frequently-Asked Questions)

Who qualifies?

Any individual who is enrolled is eligible to apply including DACA, international, and undocumented students. A student must have attended during the nationally declared emergency, which was declared on March 18th, 2020. Students who plan to enroll in future semesters should monitor the MassBay COVID Resource website for future semester CARES emergency grant assistance applications. Applications ARE semester specific. The Fall 2021 CARES 3 Student Emergency Grant Assistance Application will be available in July.

What can the grant funds be used for?

  • Books / Course Materials
  • Computer / Laptop or other Computer Needs
  • Internet Access
  • Food / Groceries
  • Electric / Heat / Utilities
  • Housing / Rent
  • Childcare
  • Dental / Medical / Mental Health Needs
  • MassBay Tuition and Fees (with student authorization)

How much can I apply for?

A student is eligible for only one grant per semester, and only one application will be considered per student, per semester. The amounts that will be awarded are as follow:

  • Full-time (12 or more credits): $3,000
  • Three quarter time (9-11 credits): $2,250
  • Half-time (6-8 credits): $1,500
  • Less than half-time (1-5 credits): $750

How do I apply for the CARES 3 Student Emergency Grant?

CARES Act 3 | Application for Emergency Grant Assistance | Fall 2021 Semester →

How long will it take to receive the money?

We anticipate a large volume of applications and will work to process the submissions as quickly as possible. It may take up to 15 business days for processing. Due to a high volume of applications, it is possible that processing times may be longer that what is stated above. If you have questions, please contact All refund checks will be mailed to the address listed in your BayNavigator account.

Are these funds taxable?

The IRS has created a webpage with information regarding CARES Act funds. For tax information please refer to the IRS webpage: This is the most current information provided by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Please continue to monitor the IRS website for information as details on CARES 3 funding continues to evolve or you can consult with a tax professional.

Will there be CARES 3 Student Emergency Funds available for Spring 2022?

At this time, we hope to be able to provide funding to students; however we are unsure of what the demand will be on our CARES 3 funding allocation. If we are unable to offer CARES 3 Student Emergency Grants for Spring, we will update this webpage. You are also welcome to email with your questions.

What additional resources are available if I need access to food?

Please visit for additional resources.

Who do I contact if I have questions about the grant?

You may email