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Ayuda Fund

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The Ayuda Fund is an emergency fund that helps students pay for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Including, but not limited to, food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, employment readiness, and child-care expenses.

Award Model

Credits Enrolled Award Amount
Up to 6 credits $500
6-12 credits $750
12+ credits $1000
15+ credits $1500
ESL Course Enrollment Award Amount
1 ESL course $750
2 ESL courses $1000
3 ESL courses $1500
GED Course Enrollment Award Amount
1 GED course $500
2 GED courses $750
3 GED courses $1000
4 GED courses $1500

Student Eligibility

  • Have not previously received an award from the CARES Act/HEERF Grant.
  • Enrolled in a credit bearing program OR a student in ESL/HSE program during CMC Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 semesters
  • Demonstrate financial need, including financial challenges or hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Meet classification for in-state (or in-district) resident for tuition purposes pursuant to CRS title 23 section 7 (Read more)

Apply for Ayuda Fund

For any questions, including eligibility criteria determined for consideration, please contact: COSI@coloradomtn.edu

About the Ayuda Fund

The Ayuda Fund is made possible by the Colorado Department of Higher Education with funds received from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund.

The Ayuda Fund will prioritize eligible students who did not receive the HEERF grant to support short term COVID-19 relief efforts.

CMC is committed to assisting you now and in the future and has additional funds, supported by private donations, to support a broader range of students with demonstrated financial need. For additional information please visit Corona Virus Updates & Information and No Barriers Fund.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of expenses can I use this grant for?

This is an emergency fund to help students pay for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This can include, but is not limited to, food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, employment readiness, and child-care expenses.

Is there a limit to how many times a student can apply for the funding?

The Ayuda Fund is a one-time award. Ayuda Fund will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds have been disbursed to students.

How is the aid disbursed to the student?

Awards will be posted to student accounts and the business office will conduct a cash advance to assure awards are disbursed fully.

How will I receive my Ayuda Fund award?

For students who have signed up for direct deposit, funding will be sent to the student’s financial institution via an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). For students who have not enrolled in direct deposit, checks will be mailed via USPS to their preferred address on file with the college.

How do I sign up for Direct Deposit?

To sign up for Direct Deposit, you will log into Basecamp, scroll down to the Self-Service menu, and select WebAdvisor. You will need to log in again to WebAdvisor, then select Students and Bank Information, where you can add, delete, or edit your direct deposit information.

Colorado Mountain College encourages students to sign up for direct deposit. An email will be sent to you when the direct deposit has been initiated and submitted to the banking system. Please allow 48 hours from the time you receive the email to the time your funds are available.

If I receive a grant and have an outstanding balance, will the funds be applied to those charges?

These funds will be sent directly to you regardless of your account standing and will not remain on your student account.

If I receive financial aid from CMC, will the Ayuda Fund impact that?

These funds do not impact your current award package now or any future financial aid awarded. Please note this is a one-time grant.

Do I have to repay a Ayuda Fund?

These are grant funds and do not require repayment.

If I cannot apply for FAFSA or I do not have an Expected Family Contribution how will financial eligibility be determined?

Students may be considered for income eligibility if any of the family members receive public benefits, including but not limited to Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Disability Benefits, Section 8 Housing Vouchers, Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Benefits.

Students may also be considered income eligible if they meet TRIO program income eligibility guidelines established by U.S. Department of Education

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