Oakton CARES is open to all summer students

Students who are currently enrolled in summer courses may apply for emergency assistance if they have been impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic at any point since March 2020.

The summer application is now open and should take less than 10 minutes to fill out. Students will need a myOakton ID to log in and apply. If a student is not enrolled in summer courses, they will have the opportunity to apply for CARES funding when the fall application opens. 

All students are eligible, including those who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, refugees, asylum seekers, DACA recipients and similarly undocumented, and international students. Students must be currently registered in at least three credit hours and must have incurred emergency costs due to the pandemic. Eligible expenses include books and supplies, child care, food, health care, housing/rent, transportation, and tuition and fees.

The money does not need to be repaid and does not count against a student’s financial aid package. Students may apply every semester they’re enrolled, even if they have received CARES funds in the past.

Students are also encouraged to fill out a FAFSA as soon as possible, as those who receive federal Pell grants receive higher priority for CARES funding.

You’ll find answers to many questions on the Oakton CARES Emergency Relief FAQ. If you need assistance, please email financialaid@oakton.edu.