COVID-19 (Coronavirus) INFORMATION



Congress enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

Cayuga Community College applied for, was approved, and completed the Department of Education’s Certification and Agreement acknowledging that no less than 50% of the funds received under section 1800(a)(1) of the Cares Act will be used to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Cayuga Community College has received a total of $748,802 to be distributed to students over a one year period.

$498,106 has been offered to students as of October 2, 2020.

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act


Each student who receives CARES Act grant funds are required to certify that their grant is to be used for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations. Allowable expenses include:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Utilities
  • Course Materials
  • Lab Equipment
  • Technology Costs
  • Internet Costs
  • Health Care
  • Child Care


Students will be eligible for Cares Act grant funds if the College verifies the following:

  • Enrolled at Cayuga in the Spring 2020 semester
  • In good academic standing
  • Has a valid FAFSA on file for either 2019-2020 or 2020-2021
  • Eligible for federal financial aid funds
  • Not in default or owes a refund on any Title IV assistance
  • Was not enrolled exclusively in online academic programs


Cayuga intends to distribute these grant funds as quickly as is practicable via check or electronic funds transfer to allow students to manage expenses resulting from the disruption of campus operations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We realize these funds are available to distribute to impacted students for up to one year. However, the College intends to have all funds disbursed by October 2020.


  • Number of Students registered for Spring 2020: 3,510
  • Number of Students who completed a FAFSA for Spring 2020: 1,387
  • Number of Students currently enrolled who received a Pell Grant in Spring 2020: 644
  • Number of Students who completed a FAFSA and were eligible for Title IV aid, including above Pell recipients: 1,104

The College will distribute these funds in two methodologies:

  • Priority 1: 60% ($449,725) will be first offered to eligible enrolled spring 2020 Pell Grant recipients
  • Priority 2: 40% ($299,077) will be offered to all eligible students who complete and are approved through an application process.

Priority 1 students will receive awards based on their official federal EFC ranges. CARES Act Grants are kept confidentially. Only the number of students, award averages offered and accepted will be updated monthly.

FAFSA EFC Ranges Total Offered Awards Total Accepted and Paid
0 # of students = 377
Average Award = $824
# of students = 303
Average Award = $820
0-2200 # of students = 139
Average Award = $635
# of students = 103
Average Award = $641
2201-4200 # of students = 94
Average Award = $430
# of students = 70
Average Award = $435
4201-PELL Cap # of students = 38
Average Award = $350
# of students = 28
Average Award = $350
Total # of students = 648
Average Award = $698
# of students = 504
Average Award = $704

Priority 2 students will be able to apply for CARES Act emergency funds through a College application process. Students will be required to describe how the disruption of moving to online learning affected their ability to pay for costs associated with food, health care, technology, course materials, child care, housing, and transportation. The College reserves the right to request supporting documentation with each application as it deems necessary.

The College’s Emergency Relief Funds Committee will review each application and award funds based on need, not to exceed $6,000 per student. The Committee will use the above-average awards and calculated EFC from the FAFSA application in the above chart as a guide in awarding these funds through the application process. Pell Grant recipients who received funds in Priority 1 may also apply for additional assistance through the application process for the maximum allowable Award.

The CARES Act Emergency Grant application will be available on the College’s website until September 30, 2020. If unallocated funds exist at this time, the College will develop a methodology to equitably distribute the remaining funds to students.

Distribution of Funds under the Application will be updated monthly. To protect students’ privacy, only the number of students, award averages offered and accepted will be updated.

# of Applications Received Offered CARES Act Grants Accepted CARES Act Grants
  # of students = 170
Average Award = $1,191
# of students = 104
Average Award = $1,377


  • Jeff Rosenthal, VP for Student Affairs, Chair
  • Cathy Dotterer, Dean of Students/Chief Diversity Officer
  • Cathy Patella, Director of Financial Aid and Compliance
  • Lisa Hoskey, College Bursar
  • Kelly Diego, Admissions Representative