College receives higher education emergency relief funds, begins distribution of CARES Act grants to students


WATERTOWN, N.Y. (June 8, 2020) – Jefferson Community College (JCC) has received more than $1 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds to support students who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and distribution of grants to students has begun.

Recognizing that students faced unexpected challenges in reaching their educational goals during Spring 2020 semester as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, the CARES Act grant is intended to provide relief to those students with meeting basic needs such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care.

“In less than 24 hours, 51 students have already been approved for funding, and many applications are still being reviewed,” said JCC Dean of Enrollment James P.R. Ambrose.

To be eligible for a JCC CARES Act grant, students must have been actively enrolled in at least one course during Spring 2020 semester, been a Title IV eligible recipient, completed their 2019-2020 Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and maintained satisfactory academic progress.

Students are encouraged to check their JCC email account for communication from the Financial Services office. The CARES Act grant application, sent to students via email, is also available on the college’s website at Students should complete the application as soon as possible and return it to JCC’s Financial Services office using their JCC email account.


(Jefferson Community College)