CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds

The CARES Act is federal legislation, which provides a variety of financial supports to individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) which allows FLCC to provide emergency financial aid grants to students who are experiencing financial hardship from additional expenses due to the coronavirus.


Three rounds of CARES Act funds were distributed to students from June 2020 - December 2020. The federal government has approved additional CARES Act distributions for the 2021 - 2022 year. This website will be updated with the distribution criteria and timeline as monies become available during the spring 2021 semester.

Allowable Expenses

Expenses can include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and/or child care.


You do not have to repay a Federal Emergency Aid Grant. The Federal CARES Act Emergency Grant funds are designed to be a grant (otherwise called gift aid) and is not a loan.

Impact on Existing Financial Aid Plans

This funding will not reduce your financial aid. It does not negate nor replace financial aid.

Finger Lakes Community College acknowledges an authorized representative of the institution has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Finger Lakes Community College has received or will receive $1,327,864 from the Department of Education pursuant to the Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

Finger Lakes Community College has distributed $1,327,864, under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of December 30, 2020.

Finger Lakes Community College has determined approximately 2,291 students at the institution are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

Contact Us

Financial Aid Office
Room 1145
(585) 785-1276
(585) 394-0635

Mon-Thu: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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Federal College code: 007532
State College code: 2256

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