LTCC Cares Grant



Lake Tahoe Community College is offering students access to the LTCC CARES Emergency Grant Program through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. These funds are available to students who have been financially impacted by the coronavirus campus closure. The exclusive purpose of these emergency financial aid grants is to assist students in degree/certificate completion for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care expenses.

LTCC aims to assist as many students as possible in meeting their emergency financial needs during this challenging time. We are all here to support you.

Guidance released by the U.S. Department of Education indicates that only students who are or could be eligible for Title IV or FAFSA may receive emergency grants. This definition includes:

  • Senior citizens or eligible non-citizens
  • Students with a valid Social Security number
  • Students registered with the Selective Service
  • Students with a high school diploma or GED
  • Programs leading to a degree or certificate

Full-time and part-time students are eligible for emergency grants. Students who meet basic eligibility criteria for federal financial aid can be considered for these funds. If a student is eligible to file a FAFSA but has not yet filed for 2020-21 and needs assistance, they may file a FAFSA at

Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Education does not allow these particular funds to be used for:

  • International students
  • Undocumented students
  • Non-matriculated students (students who are enrolled in credit courses but are not officially registered in a degree program)
  • Students enrolled in distance-only degree programs (status on March 13, 2020)

Students from these groups may still be eligible for campus-based emergency funds and other types of aid depending on availability of local funds or private grants. LTCC remains committed to supporting DREAMers and AB540 students. If you are a DREAMer/AB540, please submit the California Dream Act Application.

If you are an undocumented student and not a DREAMer, apply using the CARES Grant application (inactive currently, will reopen when grants are available again). LTCC has a separate source of funding to support undocumented students affected by COVID with.

ALL students are encouraged to apply for emergency assistance.

CARES Frequently Asked Questions

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) Emergency Grants for Students are federal funds dispersed to support students who were directly impacted by “the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.” The CARES Act was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2020. One aspect of the act was the creation of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). HEERF provides funds to institutions for emergency grants to students whose lives have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the HEERF Emergency Grants website for more.

These funds are to be used as emergency financial support for current LTCC students who have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus including food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

LTCC received approximately $174,000 to support current students. Funding was distributed in the Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 quarters. Winter quarter 2021 grants are currently being awarded. As of December 31, 2020, 199 awards were distributed worth $99,500. Students may apply and receive these grants no more than twice, in two different quarters.

The college has one year from the date of receipt of the funds to distribute them all. These funds will be dispersed on a first-come, first-served basis (pending confirmation of eligibility). If funds are still available after Winter quarter, another round of grants will be awarded in Spring quarter until all the funding is awarded. All CARES funding must be used by April 15, 2021.

Complete the LTCC CARES application (deactivated currently as the application window for Winter has ended). In order to be considered for the LTCC CARES Emergency Grants, you MUST submit a FAFSA application (limited exceptions may apply) or the California Dream Act application.

If you need assistance with financial aid, help is available on Cranium Cafe or contact our Financial Aid Department Monday through Friday, 8am-4pm at (530) 830-0081 or by email at

Each student’s eligibility will be reviewed against the federal guidelines provided to institutions. Grants will be awarded based on need, enrollment status, and availability of funds. 

Funds will be distributed via check or BankMobil.

You will be contacted via your LTCC student email.

Yes, you may receive CARES grant funding up to two times, in two different quarters. In order to fully support as many students as possible, priority will be given to students who have not received funds before.

LTCC is committed to supporting our students' needs. Please reach out to in order to learn more about available resources.

Unfortunately, they are not. However, at LTCC we have identified funds to support our non-U.S. citizen students. ALL students at LTCC are encouraged to use the CARES Grant application for aid; your information will remain private.


LTCC CARES Student Grants Quarterly Report (PDF)

LTCC CARES Institutional Grants Quarterly Report (PDF)