CARES Act Emergency Fund

OCtech COVID-19 Emergency Fund
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

OCtech’s CARES Act Emergency Fund provides assistance to students at risk of dropping out of college due to unexpected financial emergencies related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This assistance was created to help students stay in college and meet their educational goals, ultimately securing a better financial future.

Funds from the CARES Act will be available to Title IV-eligible degree-seeking students at OCtech on a first-come, first-served basis until all money designated for students is expended. The funds are designed to offset cost of education expenses incurred during this time, including technology (computers and/or internet access), transportation, rent/mortgage, course materials (books and/or other supplies) and/or food.

In order to follow the guidance outlined in the CARES Act, OCtech will send the money directly to students. To be considered, students are asked to complete a short online survey indicating the type of unexpected financial emergency incurred.

Should you have questions or need additional information about the award, please call (803) 535-1224 or email Dr. Sandra S. Davis at

CARES Act: Public Reporting and Disclosure: 

Questions and Answers

Who qualifies for the CARES Act funds?

I am eligible to receive a CARES Act emergency grant. When will I receive it?

How and when will I receive the disbursement?

How do I know how much I will be awarded?

How can I use the disbursement?

Will my disbursement be reduced by any outstanding balances that I may still owe?

Will I be required to pay this money back?

I am on SAP suspension for my financial aid. Am I eligible for CARES Act grant funds?