The Federal CARES Act provides institutions of higher education with emergency funding to help students impacted by COVID-19.  Windward Community College’s CARES program provides emergency grants to students whose lives have been disrupted by the coronavirus and are facing financial challenges. Stipend amount is $300. 

The Spring 2021 stipends are intended to provide financial support to cover expenses related to technology needs, ie, WiFi*, chromebook, ipad, headphones, etc. 

*Addresses one of greatest challenges identified by Spring students (internet connection.) The amount was based on estimate of high speed internet for five months.

The criteria is as follows:

  • Windward Community College, declared as your home campus
  • Classified degree or certificate seeking student 
  • Enrolled for at least 6 credits
  • Filed a FAFSA for 2020-21
  • Meets Title IV eligibility criteria+, including making Satisfactory Academic Progress in 2020-2021

+Title IV eligibility criteria include, but are not limited to the following: U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen, a valid Social Security Number, registration with Selective Service (if student is male), and a high school diploma, GED or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting.

Factors considered in determining grant recipients and amounts for Fall 2020:

  • Effort to help students enrolled during the pandemic to continue into Spring 2021
  • Intended to help cover costs related to technology needs 

For questions or assistance, please contact:
Robert Yamashita, HI-Net Coordinator
Tel: 808-235-7386
Email: robertty@hawaii.edu