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COVID-19 Relief Resources

Grant Assistance

Emergency Grants 

Grant Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Students will be notified via email if approved. 

Emergency Grants are available through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to help students who are facing financial emergencies that are resulting in a barrier to continued college enrollment and completion. The Emergency Grant helps with expenses such as books, educational supplies, food, transportation, housing, daycare, medical expenses and other unforeseen costs. Students may also request assistance for tuition and fees that are not being covered by all other available state and federal programs. Written authorization must be provided for funds to be applied to outstanding CCRI billed charges. Funds are limited in availability, and students who file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $15,000 will be given priority.  Other students will be considered based on their submission of documented emergency expenses.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling, first-come, first-awarded basis. Grant amounts will generally range between $200-$1000, with greater amounts being provided only in the event of extenuating circumstances. All CCRI students enrolled since the beginning of the federal emergency on 3/13/2020 may apply and be considered for this assistance. 

Technology Grants 

Grant Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Students will be notified via email if approved.

The Technology Grant helps students with expenses such as laptops, internet access and other unforeseen costs related to remote learning. Most eligible students will receive laptops through the CCRI Bookstore. In the event that we do not have enough laptops available, refunds will be sent to students to allow them to purchase their own computers. Once approved, recipients will receive more details. Funds are limited in availability, and students who file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $15,000 will be given priority.  Other students will be considered based on their submission of documented emergency expenses, and will be reviewed on a rolling, first-come, first-awarded basis. Students are generally only considered for one Technology Grant per academic year.

Comeback Scholarship

Grant Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Students will be notified via email if approved.

The CCRI Comeback Scholarship helps students who are facing an unexpected financial emergency that is creating a barrier to continued college enrollment and completion. The Comeback scholarship assists students who were previously enrolled at CCRI to return in order to complete their program of study. If approved, students will receive assistance in an amount to cover the tuition and fee costs for up to two college courses after all other available state and federal funds have been exhausted. Funds are limited in availability, and eligible students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $15,000 and under will be reviewed on a rolling, first-come, first-awarded basis. Students who have not previously earned a bachelor's degree are eligible to apply.

Other Resources

Emergency Broadband Benefit

What is the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. If your household is eligible, you can receive:

  • Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals
  • Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)

Only one monthly service discount and one device discount is allowed per household. To receive the connected device discount, consumers need to enroll in the EBB Program with a participating provider that offers connected devices (not all service providers offer device discounts). The service provider will provide the discount to the consumer.

The program will end when the fund runs out of money, or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

SNAP, formerly called food stamps, is the nation's largest program for fighting domestic hunger. Federally funded and state administered through our Department, we are committed to providing low-income individuals and families with resources to purchase food. Click here for eligibility criteria and to apply. 

Rent Relief Rhode Island 

Rhode Island has received $200 million in rent relief funds from the federal Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program. This program will provide rental and utility relief payments to help eligible renters maintain housing stability. Click here for more information and to apply.