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CARES Act Emergency Grants

The novel coronavirus has caused unprecedented disruption to the lives of Ramapo College students during 2020.  In response to this pandemic, Ramapo College awarded emergency relief grants, known as CARES Act Emergency Grants, to eligible students.  These grants were provided by the U.S. Department of Education through the CARES Act..

What the emergency grants covered:

  • Living Expenses – Are you behind on rent, mortgage payments, medical insurance, or utility payments?  Are you food insecure because of campus disruptions that have occurred at Ramapo as a result of the coronavirus?
  • Technology –Did you have to buy a new computer, laptop, tablet, software, accessories (e.g. router, internet booster, webcam, microphone), or other technological supplies when classes transitioned to remote delivery?
  • Course Materials – Did you have to purchase art supplies, media, or other supplies when classes transitioned to remote delivery?
  • Job Loss – Have you incurred expenses for health care, dependent care, or child care due to a job loss from COVID-19?  This does not include lost wages.

Grants awarded under this program will be paid directly to students.  They cannot be applied to a student’s Ramapo College account for a current or outstanding balance, and will not have an impact on future financial aid allocations.


Eligible students were:

  • Enrolled in the semester for which the student is requesting aid
  • Degree-seeking students, either undergraduate or graduate
  • Those who submitted, or were eligible to submit, a 2020-2021 FAFSA
  • Eligible to receive Title IV, Section 484 aid (see question #9 at CARES Act Student Grants FAQs)

Unfortunately, international students and DACA recipients were not eligible to receive funding under this program.

Grant Amounts & Award Process

The maximum amount any student will receive in the second round of awards is $1,050.  The Ramapo College Office of Financial Aid is evaluating each application and determining award amounts.  Financial need (Pell grant eligibility, Expected Family Contribution as determined from the FAFSA), year in school, the category and amount of the request, and any special circumstances that have arisen because of the novel coronavirus pandemic will be taken into consideration when evaluating each request.

Notification of award or denial will be sent to the student’s Ramapo College email by October 29, 2020.  Awards will be paid directly to students via electronic refund or check.  Awards will be made on a first-come, first served basis until funds are depleted.  We cannot guarantee that all applicants will receive funding.  We strongly encourage recipients to apply for electronic reimbursement through .  This free service will deposit the grant funds directly into a checking or savings account designated by the student.

We are keen to distribute these funds equitably and compassionately, with a thoughtful and thorough evaluation process.


The last round of applications was due on October 15, 2020.


We have created a dedicated email account to assist students with questions about the CARES Act grant process.  If you have questions, please send an email to

Frequently Asked Questions

More information about the Ramapo College CARES Act program can be found on the FAQ page.