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SIGNAL PEAK — Students who were taking in-person classes at Central Arizona College might get a nice bonus in their bank account.

The college received money under the federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act, according to a press release from CAC. The act requires schools to use the money for emergency financial aid grants, called Technology Expense Grants, to students who had their education disrupted because of the coronavirus.

The money will automatically be distributed to more than 3,000 CAC students who are eligible for it. In order to be eligible, a student must be: a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, have a valid Social Security number, be registered with the Selective Service if they are male, have a high school diploma, GED or have completed high school in a homeschool setting and have been taking three or more credits of in-class instruction at CAC as of March 13. Students who were taking online only classes are not eligible.

Students who are eligible do not have to fill out an application to get the money. It will be sent to them automatically. Each student will receive $350 by a direct transfer to the bank account, if the school has their account number, or by a check that will be mailed to the address CAC has in their record.

In addition to the Technology Expense Grant, students experiencing extreme financial hardship can apply to receive additional funds by selecting the application link at www.centralaz.edu/cares. Funds will be available until they are exhausted.

Students who are ineligible to receive CARES Act funding can apply for monetary assistance from the CAC Student Emergency Fund until funds are gone. This application link is also available at www.centralaz.edu/cares.

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