How do I apply for CARES Act Funding?

The Department of Education (DOE) has provided colleges with guidelines of eligibility in order to apply for additional funding.  According to the DOE, students must meet these criteria for eligibility:

  • Be enrolled in the spring 2020 semester in a program that was not considered fully online. At Cabarrus College this means all programs are eligible except the Bachelor in Nursing and Bachelor in Medical Imaging- Management programs, as they are considered online programs. As such students enrolled in the BSN and BSMI – Management programs are not eligible to apply.
  • You must be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen to apply.

Furthermore, the College has tried to keep the application process simple:

  • Students must complete and submit the attached one-page application by May 8, 2020 in order to be considered for funding.  This application is a fillable PDF with a SUBMIT button at the bottom, please be sure to hit submit once you complete the application.
  • Students will be evaluated for funding based on a rubric (point scale) of six factors: 
  1. Expected Family Contribution (as determined from the FAFSA).  Those who did not complete a FAFSA for the 2019-2020 academic year, will be eligible to apply, but will be awarded the lowest points for this category.
  2. Pell Grant Eligibility – please note that students may be eligible for Pell Grants even if they did not receive a Pell Grant.
  3. Number of credits taken during the spring 2020 semester.
  4. Number of currently working adults in the household.
  5. Number of dependents in the household.
  6. Current situation/circumstances, as informed by the application.

Once all applications are received and evaluated, the College will select the student recipients and determine funding level for each student selected. Submission of the application does not guarantee receipt of funds as the available funding is limited and the number of applicants may be great. Please note, that the College will not be able to disburse the funds until they are received by the Department of Education.  Funds will be sent directly to students at their permanent address on file in Sonis; please log into Sonis to ensure your permanent address is correct.  Once a check has been issued, we will send an email to your Cabarrus College email address so that you can watch for your funds to arrive.

Why was it decided not to do the Pass/Fail option like some other colleges and universities?

Many of the other institutions that went to pass/fail exempted professional such as our own. Cabarrus College's programs are very clinical in nature, and most are tied to strict accreditation standards. Further, many of our programs are already offered in an online or hybrid format so the COVID-19 pandemic had minimal impact on the method of content delivery for those programs. Our academic leaders considered this issue very closely. In the end, we thought it would be best for students if we adhered to letter grades.

I need to renew my CPR Certification, but no classes are offered between now and the summer. What should I do?

The American Heart Association (AHA) has extended your certification 120 days from your expiry date. We will not be updating EXXAT or our records to reflect this extension so we can more accurately track who needs to take a course on campus immediately once we are allowed. We will use our reports to guide us as to who we need to get scheduled first. You will be prioritized based on your expiry date.

You will continue to get the automatic emails from EXXAT. We cannot turn off just one requirement and we don't want you to miss updating something else if it comes due soon. If the only thing on the email is your CPR requirement, ignore it for now. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Once we have more guidance as to when the college will be open again, we will reach out to you via email. It is imperative that you check your email regularly so we can assist you with completing this requirement so you'll be allowed to go to fieldwork and clinical in the summer and/or fall semesters.

I'm having trouble getting a doctor appointment for my immunization requirements. What should I do?

If you currently have a requirement that expired or is expiring soon, we know there is no way for you to complete this at this time due to restrictions at doctor's office. However, we highly suggest that you call your doctor and schedule an appointment for early June in hopes we will be back to normal by then. A lot of people will be trying to do the same thing when we are cleared from our stay-at-home order and you will need these completed before you can return to clinical and field work.

You will continue to get the automatic emails from EXXAT. We cannot turn off just one requirement and we don't want you to miss updating something else if it comes due soon. If the only thing on the email is your CPR requirement, ignore it for now. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Once we have more guidance as to when the college will be open again, we will reach out to you via email. It is imperative that you check your email regularly so we can assist you with completing this requirement so you'll be allowed to go to fieldwork and clinical in the summer and/or fall semesters.

We will continue to update this page as the situation unfolds. Please continue to check back for the latest information.

How can I get in touch with faculty and staff?

The faculty and staff directory can be found on under Contact Us. For your convenience, contact information for highly sought offices are below:

Admissions               admissions@cabarruscollege.edu

Business Office         businessoffice@cabarruscollege.edu

Financial Aid              financialaid@cabarruscollege.edu

Library                        library.assistance@cabarruscollege.edu

Registrar                    registrar@cabarruscollege.edu

Student Affairs          studentaffairs@cabarruscollege.edu

Because of COVID-19, I was told I can’t come to campus for labs or go to my assigned clinical/fieldwork site. Do I need to register to re-take the class this summer or fall?

If you remain actively enrolled in your current course, you will not need to re-register. Each faculty member has developed plans for you to complete the clinical or lab component of the course either through alternative methods such as simulation and case studies, or by delaying the required component until it is safe to return to campus or the clinical/fieldwork site. In the event that your lab or clinical is delayed until after the end of the semester, you will be assigned a grade of “Incomplete” for the course until arrangements can be made for making up the required clinical/fieldwork or lab assignments.

I paid a student technology fee yet I can no longer come to campus to use technology such as the copying machines. Can I get a partial refund or have a discount on my summer student technology fee?

Student technology fees are used to pay for a wide variety of technological resources, including Canvas, SONIS, and software used to create online course materials and administer online tests. When the decision was made to move all courses online due to COVID-19, the College immediately purchased licenses to live-stream videoconferencing via Zoom and to administer and proctor online exams via ExamSoft. These purchases were made at no additional cost to our students. While you currently may not be able to print materials on campus, your student technology fees help pay for these alternative technologies designed to enhance your online learning experience.

Commencement exercises were cancelled due to COVID-19.  Will I be refunded my “intent to graduate fee”?

It is no doubt disheartening that commencement exercises were cancelled for May, but remember, May graduates are invited and encouraged to attend the December 15, 2020 ceremony.  The intent to graduate fee, is not a fee for the Capping ceremony, other program specific completion ceremonies, or for commencement exercises alone.  While you won’t be attending a May ceremony, the majority of the fee is used for the printing and processing of the actual diploma and personalized diploma cover, in addition to honor society stickers (e.g. Phi Theta Kappa) and honors recognition (e.g. Summa Cum Laude, etc.) and now will assist in mailing those  diplomas to all May graduates in a timely fashion. 

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