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CARES Act Funding FAQs

Tri-County used information from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and guiding federal regulations to determine which students were eligible for a CARES Act grant. This process provided the framework to direct these grants to students with the greatest financial need. Federal regulations required students to be Title IV (federal financial aid) eligible and to have been enrolled in courses at the time the U.S. government declared a national emergency on March 13, 2020. 

Log into your eTC account ( and view your spring 2020 Bill and Schedule. If you received a CARES Act grant, it will be posted as COVID-19 Emergency Grant. 

The grant process began on April 22. We expect the process to take approximately one week.  Your grant will be distributed to you according to the refund preference you chose through BankMobile. If you selected direct deposit, funds should be available in your specified account within three business days once Tri-County processes your grant. If you opted to receive a check, you should receive it within one to two weeks depending on USPS delivery schedules. To limit delays in receiving your grant, please make certain you have selected your funding preference.

You can check both the status of your grant and funding type (check or direct deposit) online at Returning users can login to view this information. If you are a new user, follow the instructions below. 

Scroll down to the section where it asks you to enter your personal code. In the bottom left, click on “NEED A CODE?” Search for Tri-County (be sure to use the hyphen between Tri and County). Enter your Tri-County Student ID (this is your T Number) and your Tri-County email address. Press Continue and follow the remaining prompts. A personal code will be emailed to you, which will allow you to access your funding selection account. Adding direct deposit to an already existing checking or savings account will allow you to receive the funds the fastest. 

Unfortunately, no. The Department of Education guidelines require students to be eligible for federal financial aid in order to be eligible for a CARES Act grant.

Unfortunately, no. Dual enrollment, nondegree, transient, DACA and I-BEST students are not eligible for federal financial aid; therefore, they are not eligible for a CARES Act grant either.

Unfortunately, no. Students currently on suspension for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) are not eligible for federal financial aid; therefore, they are not eligible for a CARES Act grant either.

Possibly. Even if you are not eligible for a CARES Act grant, the College is working with all of its resources and community partners to provide support to students during this difficult time. Please complete an online request and a Tri-County team member will work with you to identify any available resources. Click here to complete the online request.