**The Summer Emergency Fund Grant is currently closed.  Please check back for additional funding in the fall.**


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


The federal government has made funds available to eligible college students who have experienced financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. These are one-time emergency grants and are designed to be used for any costs related to college attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care.

If you are enrolled for a summer class, you can apply for the Federal Emergency Fund Student Grant. Check below for the eligibility requirements and then go to Emergency Fund to apply online. To see a sample of the application click here.

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 registered for a summer class
  • You must be a high school graduate or have a GED or High School Equivalency diploma
  • You must be enrolled in a degree or certificate program

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.

What is the deadline for applying for Federal Emergency Fund Grant?
The deadline for completing an application for the Summer 2021 semesters is July 13, 2021.

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?
Application will be processed during the week of July 19. (subject to change)

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 a month, you will receive a follow-up email to your RVCC email account, notifying you of your eligibility status. After that notification, all checks will be mailed to your address on file.

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.

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.

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

The second round of HERF Funding:

As of May 12, 2021, RVCC has awarded 1,092 students a total of $1,391,000

  • Non-Pell eligible students received a $1,000 grant, 495 students for a total of $495,000
  • Pell eligible students received a $1,500 grant, 596 students for total of $894,000
  • 1 student received $2,000 (extreme need situation)

Remaining funds ($1,909,860.00 – 1,391,000 =) $518,860

As of July 27, 2021, RVCC has awarded 1,268 students a total of $1,818,500.

  • Non-Pell eligible students received an average award of $1,000, 524 students were non-Pell eligible for a total of $524,000
  • Pell eligible students received an average award of $1,500. 744 students were Pell eligible for total of $1,294,500.
  • Some extremely needy Pell-eligible students received additional funding.

Remaining funds ($1,909,860 - $1,818,500) = $91,360. 
The $91,360 will be carried forward to FY 2021 – 2022.