What is the SPC CARES 2?
The federal government has allocated additional funds for college students through Higher Education Emergency Relief II fund (HEERF II) for emergency student financial aid for eligible students who had a job loss, loss of income, temporary furlough, or medical expenses as a result of COVID-19.
Award amounts are $1000 for enrollment in 9 or more credit hours within your current degree program or $500 for 1-8 credit hours within your current degree program.
Who is eligible to apply?
If you meet the following requirements, you are eligible to apply for SPC CARES 2 funds.
- Job loss, loss of income, temporary furlough or medical expenses as a result of COVID-19
- Filed a 2020-21 FAFSA
- U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident or other eligible non-citizen
- Enrolled as a degree-seeking student in a degree, certificate or clock hour program
- Enrolled in at least one course within your current degree program
- Pell Grant recipient
- Meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress
- Have returned fraudulently obtained Title IV funds if convicted or pled guilty or no contest to charges
- Not in default on student loans
Students who previously received CARES Act or CARES MORE funds are eligible to apply and will need to complete a new application.
How do I apply?
The application for SPC CARES 2 is available now. Check your MySPC student email for a link to apply. The email may be under the "Other" tab.
What do I do next?
- Review your contact information in MySPC. Make sure your phone number and mailing address are up to date.
- Review your MySPC To Do List for the status of your application:
- Received – SPC has received your application and it is under review.
- Completed – SPC has received your application and it has been approved
- Returned – SPC has reviewed your application and it has not been approved at this time. If additional funding becomes available, we will contact you. See your SPC student email for other funding options.
- Review your SPC student email in case we have any questions. Notification of your application approval or denial will be sent to your SPC student email.
When will I receive the funds?
Upon approval of your SPC CARES 2 application, refunds will be released to you within two weeks.
SPC expects the first refunds of CARES 2 funding to be released the week of April 6.
How will I receive the funds?
Upon approval of your SPC CARES 2 application, the funds will be released to you based on your selected refund preference for BankMobile. If you have not selected a refund preference, the funds will be released to you by paper check.
What if I thought I was eligible, but I received an email that I'm not?
Unfortunately, not all applications are approved. Financial Assistance Services is here to help. Please call 727-791-2485 or submit your question online at A$KFA$ to determine why your application was denied.
Are funds taxable?
No. These funds are qualified as disaster relief payments under Section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code. This grant is not to be included as taxable income for IRS Income tax filings. See IRS Guidance for more details.
Other "Special Circumstances"
St. Petersburg College understands the current COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted our students’ educational goals. Our financial aid administrators are provided the authority to use professional judgment to make adjustments on a case-by-case basis to reflect more accurately the financial need of students and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
If your financial aid status and/or eligibility has been negatively affected by COVID-19 and you have questions or concerns: let Financial Assistance Services know your concerns by going to our A$KFA$ survey and selecting the COVID-19 Financial Aid Matters option. Our financial aid staff will follow up with you to see what we may be able to do to assist you.
SPC CARES Act
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provided $6 billion to colleges nationwide for emergency student financial aid to be distributed to enrolled students who are “Title IV eligible” and have expenses related to the COVID–19 virus. SPC immediately began to distribute their $6,406,741 CARES Emergency Grant on a first-come, first-served basis.
Students who filed a 2020-21 FAFSA, met federal financial aid eligibility requirements AND had a job loss, loss of income, temporary furlough, or medical expenses as a result of COVID-19 were eligible to apply for a one-time $500 grant. Eligible students received a total of $500 from a combination of the Foundation Emergency Grant the SPC CARES Act funds. SPC released the funds whether the student owed SPC a balance or not. Funds could be spent on expenses related to COVID-19 as the student indicated on their application.
Students enrolled in the following fully online certificate programs were not eligible to receive funds: Computer-Related Crime Investigation Certificate, Cybersecurity Certificate, Emergency Administration and Management Certificate and Homeland Security Certificate.
The application for SPC CARES Act funds has closed.
SPC CARES MORE
Realizing that some students may need additional funds, SPC will release the remaining SPC CARES Act funds in up to $1,000 increments to students who have already received SPC CARES Act funds of $500, provide documentation of expenses up to $1000 as a result of COVID-19 and the reason for those expenses (reduction of income, medical, child care, etc.) and continue to meet original eligibility requirements. Funds are limited and are awarded on a “first come, first-served” basis.
Students enrolled in the following fully online certificate programs are not eligible to receive funds: Computer-Related Crime Investigation Certificate, Cybersecurity Certificate, Emergency Administration and Management Certificate and Homeland Security Certificate.
The SPC CARES MORE application has been closed due to an overwhelming response. At this time, we have received more applications than we have funding. If additional funding becomes available, we will communicate with eligible students. Applications are reviewed in the order they are received.
How many SPC students are eligible to apply for any type of CARES funding?
As of 4/12/2021, 22,613 SPC student meet the criteria to apply. The number of students that meet the criteria can fluctuate based on financial aid eligibility and enrollment.
How much has SPC awarded to students so far?
As of 5/4/2021, SPC has awarded 10,419 students a total of $5,169,959 in SPC CARES Act funds.
As of 6/17/2021, SPC has awarded 1,391 students a total of $1,236,782 in SPC CARES MORE funds.
As of 6/17/2021, SPC has awarded 7,530 students a total of $5,832,089 in SPC CARES 2 funds.