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Pursuant to the requirements of the Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), Kirkwood Community College is publishing the following information regarding the awarding and disbursement of funds to students in the form of emergency grants. 

Kirkwood Community College signed and returned the Certification and Agreement and 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.​

$3,168,305.00 is the total amount Kirkwood Community College will receive pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

Kirkwood estimates 5900 students could be 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.

$1,865,490.00 is the total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to 1171 students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of May 21, 2020. 

Kirkwood utilized an application to award Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. Students indicated their categories of need (housing, food, technology, etc.) on the application and confirmed that they had these needs because of being impacted by COVID-19.

Kirkwood awarded to students who they determined were eligible for federal financial aid by using the FAFSA process.

Kirkwood determined values for each category of need using its Cost of Attendance and research into average costs. Kirkwood awarded students up to a maximum amount of $2000 based on the costs associated with these categories of need.

Students who received the emergency grants were sent the following email:

[Student Name],
This email is to inform you that you have been awarded an emergency grant to assist with the unanticipated expenses due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus. The grant will be sent to you either as a check or through direct deposit (if you have already set up direct deposit on your Kirkwood account). This grant is provided by the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed into law on March 27, 2020.

The award amount is available for you to use at your discretion. This includes using the funds to pay for living expenses such as food, transportation, and housing, etc., and other expenses you may have. The funds may also be used to pay any outstanding tuition and fees owed to Kirkwood. (If you have an outstanding balance at Kirkwood, it will be noted below under item "Registration Holds.")

In addition to this award, we want to help you continue to make progress toward finishing your current classes and with making plans for registration for summer and fall. If you need any help with classes, personal support, or help planning for summer and fall term, please contact your advisor, one of your instructors, or a student assistance team member in the Dean of Students Office, 319-398-5540 or by email at:

There is still time to talk with your advisor and enroll in classes for summer and fall 2020. Be sure to review any registration holds that are listed below.

This is a courtesy email to let you know that as of April 30th the following hold(s) will prevent you from registering for Summer/Fall 2020 classes:
Registration and Payment Information Please let us know how we can help you. If you have any other questions, please give us a call at 319-398-7600 or email:

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