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Emergency Financial Assistance

State FisCAL Recovery FUNDS (SFRF) - Emergency financial assistance

The SFRF Emergency Financial Assistance Grant is available to low-income students who are California residents, enrolled at the California community colleges, who have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.  Students who are California residents who self-certify that they meet the following eligibility criteria may be awarded the SFRF Grant:  

  • U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens
  • Currently enrolled in 6 or more units at  NVC 
  • Demonstrate an emergency financial aid need
  • Qualify as low-income  by meeting the requirements to receive the California College Promise Grant (CCPG)

Grants will be disbursed (refunded) to students through BankMobile Disbursements (See BankMobile Disbursements information below).

How to Apply

Emergency Financial Aid Grant Amount: Up to $1500 for Spring 2024; Up to $1000 for Summer 2024
Grant Refund (Payment) Date:  Throughout the Spring 2024 and Summer 2024 semesters until funds have been exhausted.
Spring 2024 - Minimum 6 units

Summer 2024 - Minimum 6 units

Must be enrolled in classes at time of award           


CARES Act HEERF - CRRSAA HEERF II - ARP HEERF III - CA Emergency Financial Assistance

Emergency Financial Assistance is available to students attending Napa Valley College during the COVID-19 national emergency through funds provided by the CARES Act HEERF, CRRSAA HEERF II, American Rescue Plan HEERF III, and California Emergency Financial Assistance for Low Income Students. Emergency financial aid grants are prioritized for eligible students with exceptional need who are enrolled at Napa Valley College in 
6 or more units for Fall/Spring, or 3 or more units for Summer.  

Due to the surge of the coronavirus variant affecting students, the NVC President's Cabinet identified all students attending NVC as having exceptional need due to the unexpected costs and income losses due to the rise in the number of infections and illnesses, students' inability to readily access testing sites (due to high demand, technical issues, availability of test kits, etc.) in order to work,  higher costs and scarcity of personal protective equipment, closure of workplaces due to infection, and the cost of other measures necessary to protect against coronavirus infection. If HEERF III funds are still available after all priority students have been paid, students enrolled in fewer units will be awarded based on the number of units attending, highest to lowest.

Grants will be disbursed (refunded) to students through BankMobile Disbursements (information below).


How to Apply

Emergency Financial Aid Grant Amount: Up to $492
Grant Refund (Payment) Date:  April 14, 2023
Spring 2023 - Minimum 3 units
Must be enrolled in classes at time of award

All Federal Emergency Grants from the CARES ACT and American Rescue Act have been distributed.


Important Information 

BANKMOBILE DISBURSEMENTS - Emergency Financial Aid Grants will be paid through BankMobile Disbursements, Napa Valley College’s provider for electronic Financial Aid Refunds (payments) to students.  To receive an Emergency Financial Aid Grant, students are required to setup a BankMobile Disbursements refund selection account and choose how they want to receive their funds. If you have never received a financial aid refund at Napa Valley College, you will receive an email from BankMobile inviting you to make a refund selection. That email will be sent to your Napa Valley College student email inbox.  If you do not setup your BankMobile refund selection (how you want to receive your money), your grant will be returned to NVC by BankMobile as undeliverable.  Returned grants are cancelled and will not be reissued.

Eligible Student for federal HEERF grants include U.S. citizens, permanent residents, refugees, asylum seekers, DACA recipients, other Dreamers, and similar undocumented students.  For State emergency financial aid grants, only U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens who have submitted a FAFSA or CADAA are eligible to receive funds.  Links to the FAFSA or CADAA are available on the Financial Aid Applications page.

Use of Emergency Financial Aid Grants:  Grants may be used by students for any component of their cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition and fees, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), childcare, transportation, books & supplies, etc. 

Identity Verification - Students may be asked to provide verification of identity.  Students may be asked to provide verification of identity by submitting a picture of their unexpired, government issued, picture ID (front & back), before funds can be disbursed.  Acceptable documents include: State issued Identification Card, State Issued Driver's License, Passport, Permanent Resident Card, Consular Card, etc.  Students who do not have a government issued picture ID will be required to provide another form of picture ID (Student ID, Costco Card, etc.) and attend an in-person or online video appointment to meet with a Financial Aid Specialist for live identity verification. Additional documents may be requested to confirm identity.  The Financial Aid Office will email instructions if a video appointment is required.  Students are urged to obtain a government issue ID as soon as possible.


Additional Information

Will Emergency Financial Assistance affect my Financial Aid eligibility?
Emergency Financial Assistance from the Federal HEERF I, II, III funding will not affect your financial aid eligibility.  Emergency Financial Assistance from the CA Emergency Financial Assistance for Low Income Students is considered a resource for financial aid purposes and will reduce your unmet need for the academic year.

Is Emergency Financial Assistance considered income?
No, emergency aid provided to students due to COVID-19 is not considered income by the IRS.  For more information, please see the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) bulletin Emergency aid granted to students due to COVID is not taxable (March 30, 2021).

Am I required to submit a FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application (CADAA)?
No, students are not required to submit a FAFSA or CADAA to qualify.  However, additional financial assistance may be available to you if you do apply.

Visit the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting Page