COVID Relief Money for All Students

Every student who registers for winter 2022 classes at OCC is eligible to apply for “no-strings-attached” money as part of a federal program designed to assist you in continuing your education during the COVID-19 pandemic. All students will receive a minimum of $400 and additional money may be awarded based on financial need. Money will be awarded directly to you and can be used to cover tuition, fees, transportation, technology, childcare or other expenses.   

How to Apply

After you register, applying for the award is easy and will take less than two minutes. Awards will be made in order of application date until funding runs out, so watch carefully for an email in your student email account for the opportunity to apply. The subject line of the email will reference federal (HEERF) grant dollars. Follow the directions outlined in that email: 

  1. Click on a personalized link in the email to submit your application. 
  2. Confirm your address. 
  3. Sign up for direct deposit. This is the quickest, safest way to receive funding. 
  4. The deadline to submit your application is  January 25, 2022 or until funds are depleted. 
  5. Awards will be disbursed the week of January 31, 2022. 

The money comes from the American Rescue Plan of 2021, a $1.9 trillion package passed by Congress to provide economic relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. OCC received $14 million for students under a section of the plan called the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). We awarded half the grant money to students in the Fall 2021 semester and will award the rest in Winter 2022. 

COVID Reflief Money