Oregon Institute of Technology will receive $903,637 through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was recently enacted by the U.S. Congress. These funds are reserved to provide financial support in the form of emergency grants to students impacted by a disruption in campus operations due to the coronavirus.


Undergraduate and graduate students’ eligible to complete a Free Applications for Federal Student Aid and Title IV eligible may be awarded. International, DACA or undocumented students are not eligible.

Student who were exclusively admitted as online students, in online programs, are not eligible.

Expenses related to school operations as a result of the coronavirus such as medical, food, housing, utilities, technology, and course materials may be eligible expenses.

Application Process

These funds will go to eligible students that complete the online Federal CARES Act Grant application (or whose academic program was directly impacted) and demonstrate eligible expenses related to the coronavirus (and school disruption) such as medical, food, housing, course materials, technology and childcare; and other unexpected expenses included in the student’s cost of attendance.

CARES ACT Grant Disbursement Process

Students that already have set up Direct Deposit will have the Cares money deposited directly into that bank account.

The Cares Act Emergency Grant does not apply to any outstanding balance owed to the university; 100% of all Cares Act Grant funds are refunded directly to the students.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II)

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. In total, the CRRSAA authorizes $81.88 billion in support for education, in addition to the $30.75 billion expeditiously provided last spring through the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136.Oregon Tech had access to $903,637 in emergency grants to award within a year from the date mentioned above. These funds must be awarded within the definition outlined in the CRRSAA Act.

Under section 314(c)(3) of the CRRSAA, Recipient must make financial aid grants directly to students (including students exclusively enrolled in distance education), which may be used for any component of the student's cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III)

As the result of The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III), authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2, Oregon Tech has emergency funds to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.