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COVID-19 aid available for Joliet Junior College students

JJC gave out over $500,000 for summer session

Joliet Junior College students can support their education this fall by applying for funding through the CARES Act.
Joliet Junior College students can support their education this fall by applying for funding through the CARES Act.

Joliet Junior College students will be able to support their education this fall with funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

Students can apply for aid through Aug. 31, according to a news release.

Congress passed the CARES Act in March to provide over $2 trillion in broad economic relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The law established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund to provide emergency financial aid grants.

A portion of the funding allocated to Joliet Junior College will be awarded to students who have incurred expenses due to the disruption of campus operations because of the pandemic.

For its summer session, JJC awarded 550 students a total of $534,000 in CARES Act funds, according to the release.

JJC is taking applications for aid through Aug. 31, with funds awarded and dispersed in early September.

The maximum award available through this program is $2,000, distributed in $250 increments.

On top of the need and merit-based scholarships the college already provides, it has grown its Student Emergency Fund, established the Smart Start Scholarship for incoming freshmen, and connected students learning remotely through the free loaner laptop program.

The college has announced it will provide most of its classes online for the upcoming semester.

JJC has a CARES Act website for more information on the funding and answers to frequently asked questions. The application for the funds is also online.

For more, visit jjc.edu.

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