Southwestern College students can apply Monday for funds the college received from the federal coronavirus relief bill, making the school the first community college in the region to disburse the funds to its students.

According to the college, $4.62 million in Federal Emergency Relief Grant funding is available for students’ food, housing, course materials, health care, technology, child care and other much-needed resources during the coronavirus pandemic.

Students will receive funding awards ranging from $200 to $700 depending on a number of factors, including the student’s potential job loss or participation in college support services.

Students can only apply once for the funding. Applications are available at www.swccd.edu/admissions-and-financial-aid/financial-aid/.

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Students in the country without legal permission, DACA students, AB 540 students or students enrolled in noncredit courses are ineligible, though other funding sources are available for those students, according to Southwestern College officials.

The first distribution of funding is expected on or around May 18, and will be disbursed by the college’s financial aid department until it runs out.

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