What are the COVID Emergency Grants?

NSCC students who have experienced financial hardship due to the impact of COVID-19 where the change from a physical classroom experience to an online/remote setting could be eligible to participate under federal law Section 484 of Title IV (HEA of 1965) in an emergency financial aid grant.  The college has received funding from four programs:  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES), the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER), Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund – Minority Service Institutions (HEERF-MSI) and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA).

Who is eligible for funding?

  • Students must be enrolled in the current term, have financial need and be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • If a student has filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), then the student has demonstrated eligibility to participate in programs under Section 484 the HEA.  
  • Applicants must provide an explanation of expenses related to the disruption of NSCC operations and face-to-face classroom instruction due to COVID-19.  
  • Applicants must be students who are currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program at NSCC for the current semester.  Grants will be disbursed after the add/drop period of each term since we need to confirm your enrollment before releasing the funds.
  • The following NSCC students are not eligible for emergency funding at this time: Undocumented students, International students, Early College students, Gateway to College students, any other dual enrollment students, any student taking courses towards a high school degree, and those students who are not enrolled in a degree or eligible certificate program. 

What to do next?


Students must complete the COVID Emergency Grant application to obtain funding from the program.  Students are allowed to submit one appeal per term.

Requests will be reviewed within seven to ten business days from their completed submission. Awarding of funds will be made on a case-by-case basis, “first-come, first served” basis to NSCC students enrolled in a degree or certificate program for current semester who meet the criteria stated above. Students semester credit hours are an important part of the grant calculation. Additional information will be communicated via your NSCC student email. Funding will be disbursed to your student account or by an eRefund account established through the MyNorthshore student portal. 

We strongly recommend students who have not already done so, set-up an eRefund profile to allow for NSCC to pay these funds as quickly as possible. Please click here to set-up your eRefund.


COVID Emergency Grant FAQ's

What type of expenses are allowable? 

  • If a student needed a laptop because the college moved to remote learning courses, that would be an allowable expense. 
  • If a student's monthly utility bill has increased because the college moved to remote learning courses, that would be an allowable expense. 
  • If a student needed to add or enhance their internet service in order to participate in remote learning courses, that would be an allowable expense. 
  • If a student was relying on SHOC food vouchers or the college's monthly mobile market, that would be an allowable expense.  
  • If a student needs assistance with tuition, fees or course materials, that would be an allowable expense.

How much funding will I receive?

Awards will be based on eligibility and the number of credit hours a student is enrolled in during the current semester. Students can re-apply for funding each semester (if they continue to face the same or similar hardships) for the duration of the program. NSCC has a limited amount of funding and we appreciate students only asking for the amount needed so we can serve as many students affected by the coronavirus as possible. 

Am I required to repay the funds I receive?

No, the funds received through this program are emergency grant funds and do not need have to be repaid. 

Can I apply for funding for more than one semester?

Yes, students can apply each semester if they continue to experience the same hardships and NSCC has remaining funding. Priority will be given to students asking for funding for the first time. The program is scheduled to run in Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021, again as long as the funding is not exhausted sooner. 

Are there deadlines to obtain funding?

There are no deadlines to apply, please be aware of the criteria to receive the funding and please understand that the funding is limited to what was awarded to NSCC by the Federal Government. 

What additional resources are available to me if I need access to food and other services, for example internet services, at a reduced cost?  

Please go to the NSCC Here to Help page. The College has been supporting students for a number of years with emergency grant funds and other related services that have all been gathered on this page. We encourage all students to review the community resources available to support their enrollment. 

Who should I contact if I have questions about the Covid-19 Emergency Grant Program?

Please contact the Student Financial Services at sfs@northshore.edu or 978-762-4189


CARES Act Reporting

Per the Department of Education, North Shore Community College is required to report the following information and update it every 45 days.

  1. North Shore Community College acknowledges that the Certification and Agreement was signed and returned to the Department. NSCC assures that the institution intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES/GEER Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  2. North Shore Community College has received $1,723,366 from the Department of Education for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  3. As of December 28, 2020, North Shore Community College has distributed $1,705,765.00 in CARES/GEER Act Funding.
  4. Approximately 2,957 North Shore Community College students are eligible for this grant.
  5. As of December 28, 2020, 2,035 North Shore Community College students have received CARES/GEER Act Funding.
  6. Students who submit a CARES/GEER application, are Title IV eligible and registered for the spring and/or summer are eligible to receive funds.  Amounts are determined based on enrolled credits.
  7. Information regarding the Emergency Financial Aid grants can be found on this page.

HEERF Quarterly Reports

September 2020

December 2020

March 2021

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