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    COVID-19 Emergency Fund

    The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Response Fund was created this past spring as a means of providing support to students with financial needs brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and the decisions made by Colorado College in reaction to the virus, including the early departure of students from campus.

    Students: If you believe you have an expense which qualifies for emergency fund support, please send an email to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Response Fund team, describing the nature of the expense, and, when possible, including any receipts or proof of expenditure for which reimbursement is sought. You can make these requests at: emergencyrequests​@coloradocollege.edu

    Since its inception, the Emergency Response Fund, supported by gift funds, global education funds, and (when legally available) CARES Act funds, has provided grants to over 450 students, with a total expenditure of over $350,000. This is in addition to other funds provided by the college, including housing and meal plan refunds, Pell Grant recipient assistance, Bookstore assistance for purchase of textbooks, ITS assistance for technology needs, and additional funds provided from the CARES Act directly to eligible students.

    Students can continue to make requests to the Emergency Response Fund for COVID-19 related expenses. The primary emphasis of the Emergency Response Fund grants to date has been in the following areas of need:

    • Travel costs due to unanticipated changes in the academic calendar or the ability of students to be housed on the Colorado College campus (airfare, hotels, gasoline, etc.).
    • Food support for students living off-campus as well as those who have departed campus due to COVID-related changes.
    • Rent and utilities assistance for off-campus housing during the summer for those not able to return home.
    • Rent/meal plan assistance for students remaining on campus during the summer.
    • Moving, shipping, and/or storage costs.
    • Grants to students who lost income due to canceled on-campus employment.
    • Support for increased/improved wi-fi or internet access to assist with online courses offered by CC.

    While the vast majority of requests for aid from the fund have been granted, there are requests which cannot be awarded grant funding.

    • Emergency funds cannot be granted for expenses which are already accounted for in a student’s standard financial aid award such as tuition, room & board charges, books and travel to campus that was expected.
    • Grants are only available to currently enrolled CC students and all fund requests must be made by the student. It is not possible for the fund to be used for support of family members, friends, alumni, or other individuals. This includes replacing lost wages of parents of current CC students due to layoffs and/or furloughs.
    • Emergency funds are not to be used for the purchase of durable goods such as vehicles, phones, computers, etc.
    • While emergency fund grants are available for unexpected travel expenses such as airfare, rental cars, gasoline, or hotels, they are not to be used to cover the cost of government-imposed quarantines that students may face when returning home.
    • Grants can only be applied to expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 virus and CC’s ongoing responses to the virus. Requests for funds to cover unrelated expenses cannot be approved.
    • Grants cannot be provided for lost wages from anticipated, but unrealized, summer employment, however, expenses such as lodging, food, and transportation which ordinarily would have been covered by summer employment may be eligible for grant support.

    The pool of CARES Act and Emergency Response Funds is restricted both by legal requirements and financial limitations. The college is seeking to provide aid to those students able to define specific needs and financial hardship, so as to maximize the efficacy of the grants. Were the college to provide equal aid to all students, the total CARES Act grant would amount to an award of $235 per student, which would fail to meet student need for most requests. The typical grant provided to students has ranged from $200 to $800, with only occasional travel expense or summer housing grants exceeding $1,000. In order to have funds available to meet student needs, requests for large grants, or to cover expenses related to standard costs of attendance at CC are unlikely to be funded. To ensure that aid is available to as many students as possible and provided to those with greatest need, Colorado College uses student financial need information provided by the Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility for assistance. Students who receive no financial assistance during the academic year are restricted in their ability to obtain emergency fund grants when compared with students who receive aid awards from the college.

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    Emergency Response Fund

    Because many in the Colorado College community asked how they can help, we have established the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Response Fund to meet needs during these uncertain times. Many of our alumni, parents, and friends, as well as members of our Board of Trustees and the president’s cabinet, have contributed. The fund also provides the college with resources to respond to unexpected expenses developing during this crisis and for lost revenue.

    Read here about requesting support from the (COVID-19) Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund

    If you wish to contribute, please visit https://ourcc.coloradocollege.edu/covid19responsefund


    In response to inquiries, we have created a form for families interested in donating their room and board credit to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Response Fund: https://ourcc.coloradocollege.edu/covid19refunddonation. Alternatively, please contact kbauer@coloradocollege.edu for more information.