CARES Act FAQs
We're here to answer your questions about the federal stimulus funds available to OCC students. Please review the FAQ's below for details on who is eligible and the process for receiving funds.
1. Who is eligible to receive the money?
As a State University of New York (SUNY) institution, OCC is following SUNY guidelines. Please see below for eligibility requirements:
- Students enrolled for the Spring ’20 semester as of March 15, 2020
- Not concurrently enrolled in high school
- Eligible under Title IV to receive financial aid
Negatively impacted by the Covid-19 (also known as Coronavirus) pandemic
2. How much will I get?
Students meeting the eligibility criteria in question #1 will be allocated funds based on their estimated family contribution (EFC) as recorded on the Federal Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) on file with OCC. Students who meet the eligibility criteria in question #1 but do not have a FAFSA on file at OCC can apply for funds through an application.
3. When will I get it?
Once the funds are released and transmitted to OCC from the federal government, OCC will process the funding, review the applications, and issue the funds to eligible students. The first portion of this will be completed by June 11, 2020. After this point, applications can continue to be submitted until the funding runs out.
4. How will I get the money?
OCC will deposit the funds in the bank account the student has on file. For students without a bank account on file, a check will be sent to the student’s permanent address on file. It is important that all students confirm that this information is accurate. To review the current information and provide updates, please review your account in WebAdvisor.
5. If I didn’t file a FAFSA or didn’t receive any financial aid, do I still get the money?
Students who are eligible under the criteria in question #1 but did not file a FAFSA or did not receive financial aid and are impacted by Covid-19 (Coronavirus) should complete the application.
6. Do I have to use the money for college expenses?
The funds are intended to help students with expenses incurred from the disruption of campus operations due to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, including eligible expenses impacting a student’s cost of attendance like food, housing, technology, course materials, medical expenses, childcare, and transportation. While students have the discretion to use the funding as they need it, particularly for basic needs, paying college expenses helps students maintain momentum toward their goal of completing a college degree.
7. If I’m a high school student taking college courses, will I receive any funding?
Students who are still enrolled in high school, 9th through 12th grade, are not eligible for these funds. Students who have completed high school requirements and are currently enrolled in the 5th or 6th year of the P-Tech (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) program are eligible to apply for funds by completing the application.
8. What if I’m a dependent on my parents’ tax return?
Funding is for currently enrolled college students, both those who are listed as a dependent as well as those who are independent.