Sierra College CARES Act Grant Application for Students

We know this is a challenging time for students and want to commend you for your continued resilience! We are here for you!

Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Sierra College is able to offer financial assistance to students in need. The purpose of the funds is to award emergency financial aid grants to students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

Sierra College will be using an online application to assist us in determining eligible students to receive funding from the CARES Act funds allotted.

If you are a Sierra College student eligible for financial aid and/or eligible to complete a FAFSA and the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted your personal financial situation, you can apply to receive a lump sum of up to $600 if you are enrolled 6.5 units or more and $400 if you are enrolled in 6 or less units in the Spring 2020 semester.  

If you have any questions, email:

Eligibility Requirements:

Sierra College has your FAFSA on file or has determined you are eligible to complete a FAFSA 

  • You are currently enrolled in Spring 2020 classes  
  • You have completed a FAFSA for 2019-2020, or,
  • You are eligible to complete a FAFSA for 2019-2020
  • You have a valid Social Security Number
  • You have registered with selective service (males only)
  • You have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent
  • You are a citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • You are not in default on a Title IV federal student loan or owe a refund on a Title IV federal student grant or loan overpayment

If you have general questions regarding the FAFSA, our Sierra Ambassadors are able to help. Just email us at financialaidquestion@sierracollege.eduor call us at 916-660-7310 and leave a voicemail.  We will return your call. 

You are not eligible to receive funds if you are a/an:

  • International Student
  • Undocumented Student
  • Non-matriculated student
  • Students enrolled in online-only degree programs (Sierra College does not have degree programs that are fully online)

Non-eligible students are encouraged to seek funding through Sierra College Foundation Emergency Relief funds by completing a request for emergency funds:

Qualified COVID-19 Expenses include Hardships Related to:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Course materials
  • Technology
  • Health Care
  • Childcare
  • Loss of Student Employment

About the Fund

  • The maximum amount a Sierra College student can receive for Spring 2020 is $600  
  • Awards will be distributed until CARES Act funds are exhausted
  • This award is not a loan and does not have to be paid back
  • Funding from the CARES Act Grant will not impact a student’s financial aid package
  • CARES Act grants cannot be used to cover and satisfy a student’s outstanding account balance. The student may use their emergency financial aid grant for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus including, hardships related to food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, loss of student employment and childcare.

Receiving the Award

  • Students will receive a confirmation email once they submit.
  • Funds will be awarded and refunded using your refund preference you selected with Bank Mobile. If you have not selected your refund preference you should do so now.  To login to Bank Mobile go to or if this is your first time logging in, go to Need a Code.

If you have any questions, email:


Article ID: 107880
Fri 5/15/20 5:09 PM