CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

May 8, 2020

San Antonio College

The Alamo Colleges can provide emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted and financially impacted due to COVID-19. 

Please keep in mind CARES Act funds are not a loan and are non-taxable. 

How to Qualify 

  • Complete and submit a 2019-2020 or 2020/2021 FAFSA, if one is not already on file 
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (i.e., eligible to receive federal Title IV aid) 
  • Have a valid Social Security number 
  • Have a high school diploma or GED 
  • Be registered with Selective Service (if required) 
  • Be or have been enrolled full-time or part-time in Spring 2020 or students who were enrolled in Fall 2019 PLUS are enrolled for in either Maymester 2020, Summer 1 2020, or Summer II 2020 
  • Not have been enrolled exclusively in online programs and courses for the spring semester on or prior to March 12, 2020 
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements (SAP) (˘ÇĆÉinancial-aid/maintaining/) 
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan or owe an overpayment on any federal grant 
  • Not have a conviction for the possession or sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid (such as grants, work-study, or loans) 

How to Apply

  1. Log into ACES 
  2. Select Web Services 
  3. Select Financial Aid Tab a. Select CARES Act Emergency Assistance Application 
  4. New window will appear 
  5. Fill in Student name and Student ACES email. An email will be sent to ACES email with link to fill out DocuSign application for the CARES Emergency Act Application. 
  6. Entire application must be filled out. Student must complete the reasons for requesting funds text box, examples include needing help with Rent/SAWS bill/CPS bill/Childcare/Food/etc 
  7. Student must select category of need and total dollar amount requested 
  8. Documentation related to the need is requested but not required (e.g. CPS/SAWS bill, lease agreement, etc) 
  9. Sign the form electronically and submit the form 
  10. Application will be reviewed and student will be contacted via email 
  11. If the application is denied due to not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), student can submit a SAP Appeal by contacting the Student Advocacy Center Helpline 


For further application assistance, please contact the Student Advocacy Center Helpline. If you do not meet the eligibility requirements listed, please contact the Helpline for assistance with additional emergency fund options.