In response to the pandemic, the federal government has made one-time emergency grants available to eligible college students.

The 2021 Federal Emergency Fund grant application will be available on Monday, February 15, 2021. Click here to view a sample of the application. Applications will be processed monthly starting on March 1, 2021. Before applying, Students must complete a 2020-21 FAFSA. FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  All grants will be mailed to the address in RVCC’s student information system. If you need to update your mailing address, please complete the Address Verification form.


Who is eligible for the Federal Emergency Fund Grant?

  • You must be a current student taking a minimum of 3 credits
  • You must be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • You must be a high school graduate or have a GED or High School Equivalency diploma
  • You must be currently receiving financial aid OR
    You must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid FAFSA for 2020-2021 
  • You must be enrolled in a degree or certificate program that is eligible for financial aid

Visiting students should apply for Federal Emergency Fund Grant from their home college.

I meet all the requirements, what do I do next?
Fill out the Federal Emergency Fund Grant application, click here.

Please note this Federal Emergency Grant Fund is not based on your family income but you must complete a FAFSA to be eligible.

I meet all the requirements except filling out a FAFSA, what can I do?
You can still fill out a FAFSA to qualify for the aid. Go to www.fafsa.gov to apply. It takes about 30 minutes to complete. Our Financial Aid office will notify you once your FAFSA has been processed and then you can fill out the Federal Emergency Fund Grant application.  Filling out the FAFSA will also provide you with the added benefit of finding out if you are eligible for other forms of state or federal aid for the 2020-2021 school year. Click here for a video providing an overview of FAFSA.  Click here for a video on how to fill the FAFSA.

What is the deadline for applying for Federal Emergency Fund Grant?
Applications will be processed monthly until all funds have been given out.

What can I do if I have suffered financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 and I’m not eligible for the federal assistance?
The College has a Resource Center and Food Pantry that may be able to provide assistance in meeting your basic needs. Email Food.Pantry@raritanval.edu for assistance. Financial assistance may also be available from the RVCC Foundation. Email Stephanie.Smullen@raritanval.edu.

How soon will my Federal Emergency Fund Grant application be processed?
Applications will be processed monthly.

How will I be notified if I received the Federal Emergency Fund Grant?
Successful submission of your application will be indicated immediately by a screen acknowledging our receipt, and a courtesy copy of your application will be sent to your RVCC email address. Then, within the month, you will receive a follow-up email notifying you of your eligibility status.

How will I find out the amount I was granted? 
The amount of your award will be posted in the Financial Aid Tab in your Lion’s Den account.

How will I receive the award?
A check will be mailed to the address in RVCC’s student enrollment system.  If you have opted to use this grant as payment towards your RVCC balance, a check for the remainder of the grant award, if any, will be mailed to the address on your student account.

What is the maximum amount of the grant?
For Pell-eligible students, the grant award will be $1,500. For financial-aid-eligible students who did not receive Pell, the Emergency grant award will be $1,000. Only one grant will be awarded to each student.

Do I have to provide documentation of the hardship I have incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic?
No, you do not have to provide additional supporting documentation beyond the FAFSA.

Will I need to pay back the grant?
No. The grant provides emergency assistance and does not have to be paid back.

Whom do I contact if I have questions about applying for the Federal Emergency Fund Grant?
You can email emergencyfund2021@raritanval.edu. You can expect to receive an email response within 24 hours on weekdays.

Federal Emergency Funds Distribution Report

CARES Act Institutional Portion  Click here to view
Quarterly Report Ending 3/31/21

To view all the information on the first wave of funding CARES Act click here