Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (Overview)

Your Share of CARES - Spring 2020 Launch

The Federal CARES Act provides institutions of higher education with emergency funding to help students impacted by COVID-19. The University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges (UHCC) CARES program provides emergency grants to students whose lives have been disrupted by the coronavirus and are facing financial challenges.  

In May 2020, UHCCs launched "Your Share of CARES" and awarded $713,200 to 3,566 students who were enrolled in spring and impacted by COVID-19. This application is now closed, but additional funding opportunities will become available during the summer.

Eligible students received a personal email notification regarding their eligibility and a link to an online request form. Students were asked to certify that they had incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Details about how UHCC campuses administered the CARES program can be found in Campus Reports on the left side of this page.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Currently enrolled at one or more of the University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges
  • Classified degree or certificate seeking student (excludes fully-online degree programs)
  • Filed a FAFSA for 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 and meets Title IV eligibility criteria*
  • Making Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Had at least $200 of expenses related to the changes in classes because of the coronavirus
    • Examples include: purchasing internet services or data to study at home, childcare because you have to study at home, grocery expenses that you would not have had if classes were still meeting on campus, etc.
*Title IV eligibility criteria include, but are not limited to the following: U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen, a valid Social Security Number, registration with Selective Service (if student is male), and a high school diploma, GED or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting 

Additional Funding for CARES

The first round of CARES awarding closed on May 13, 2020 and was intended to help students complete the spring semester. We understand students are continuing to face financial hardship due to COVID-19. Additional opportunities to apply for CARES funding will become available during the summer and UHCCs will be reaching out to eligible students. Please continue checking this site for updates.

Quick Links

Campus Contacts

Hawai‘i CC
Dorinna Cortez, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Tel: (808) 934-2510

Honolulu CC
Heather Florendo, Financial Aid Officer
Tel: (808) 844-2310

Kapi‘olani CC
Kapi'olani CARES Program Lead

Kaua‘i CC
Margaret Sanchez, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs
Tel: (808) 245-8274

Jeff Anderson, Financial Aid Specialist
Tel: (808) 245-8384

Leeward CC
Kami Kato, Interim Dean of Student Services
Tel: (808) 455-0260

UH Maui College
Marilyn Fornwall, Development Assistant
Tel: (808) 984-3261

Windward CC
Robert Yamashita, HI-Net Coordinator
Tel: (808) 235-7386




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