COVID-19 Information & Fall Plans

CARES Act Information

About the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

Impact of the COVID crisis this spring at NCC has been substantial, effecting the college on every front including faculty and staff members. But no group has felt the brunt more than students who have had to manage major challenges to their personal and academic lives.

To help students who have been impacted financially, the college is distributing emergency government grant funding through the federal CARES Act. The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund-IHE/Student Aid provides funding for institutions to award emergency financial aid grants to students who have been impacted by the COVID crisis. Students are provided the flexibility to spend grant dollars as they deem appropriate. The funds were specifically provided to help students with COVID-19 related challenges which may include items such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care.

The CARES Act requires all colleges and universities participating in the program to provide access to the following information.

  • Northampton Community College has signed and returned to the Department of Education the CARES Act Certification and Agreement. This document is an assurance that NCC 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.
  • The total amount of funds that NCC will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is $3.01 million.
  • The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter) is $1.8 million.
  • The estimated total number of students at the institution 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 5,402.
  • 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 3,601.
  • NCC’s method of evaluating eligibility was based on the student being Title IV eligible and being an enrolled student as of March 13, 2020. (Students enrolled in programs that can only be completed online are ineligible.)
  • Eligible NCC students, full and part time, will receive cash grants of varying amounts. Pell-eligible full time students will receive the largest grants ($700), followed by those students who are part time Pell-eligible ($600), full-time non Pell-eligible ($500) and part-time, non Pell-eligible ($400).

Eligible students received the following email to make them aware of CARES Act grants available to them:

Subject line: You are eligible for money through the Cares Act

Dear NCC student,

According to our records, you are eligible to receive a federal Cares Act grant through Northampton Community College. These grant funds were made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress. We at NCC have already reviewed your qualifications and determined that you are eligible to receive a grant, pending final verification.

To obtain your grant, please access a quick survey and answer several brief questions about how the COVID pandemic has impacted your college learning experience. It’s important you take action soon to receive your grant funding by clicking this link and completing this short survey:

Deadline to register is May 17. If you have any questions, contact the Northampton Community College Financial Aid Office at

Mike Sparrow
Dean of Enrollment Management and Retention

Round 2 is in progress!

A second round of distribution of grants from the Cares Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund is expected to be made by the end of June.  Additional details will be published soon.

Emergency SEOG Grants

An additional provision of the federal CARES Act permits intuitions of higher education to shift any remaining funds for the year from federal work study and the federal SEOG grants into emergency grants for student.  The funds must be spent by June 30 and can be using for currently enrolled title IV eligible summer students with valid and verified 2019-20 FAFSAs on file.  NCC is utilizing these funds in to award to students applying for assistance through the Spartan relief fund, to meet unmet need for summer coursework, and for emergency expenses.  Please use this link to apply if you have additional COVID-19 related expenses and are enrolled this summer.