CA$H in Your Pocket
All students registered for Fall 2021 classes will receive money directly and automatically - UP TO $1500!
Amounts are based on the following criteria:
Completion of the FAFSA process (regardless of eligibility)
- Students with a completed FAFSA will receive the largest award amount, but students with incomplete FAFSA or no FAFSA will still receive money
Estimated Family Contribution (EFC; based on FAFSA)
- Students who enroll full-time and have a completed FAFSA will receive $1500 regardless of EFC
- Students enrolled less than full-time will receive amounts based on EFC
Number of credits enrolled
- Award amounts are determine based on full-time, ¾ time, ½ time, and less than ½ time. The more credits you enroll in, the more money you receive.
HOW MUCH CAN YOU GET?
(expected family contribution)
(12 or more credits)
|Enrolled ¾ Time
|Enrolled ½ Time
|Enrolled less than ½ Time
(5 or fewer credits)
FAFSA Process FULLY Completed
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to receive stimulus money?
ALL students registered for Fall 2021 classes are eligible.
How much money will I get?
The amount of money varies based on FAFSA completion, number of credits enrolled, and expected family contribution (EFC). Students who complete the FAFSA process and enroll full time will receive $1500. See the table above for specific award amounts.
Do I have to be eligible for Financial Aid (FAFSA) to get the money?
Students who complete the FAFSA process, including any verification documents, and enroll full time, will receive $1500 regardless of expected family contribution (EFC) or financial aid “eligibility.”
All students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA process. However, ALL students will receive stimulus funds, regardless of FAFSA status. See the table above for details.
How do I know what my EFC is?
Your EFC is determined by your FAFSA application and can be found on your Student Aid Report (SAR) by logging back into your FAFSA.
How will I receive the money?
Funds will be distributed directly to you either by direct deposit or mailed check. Students should check Self-Service to ensure the college has the correct bank information and mailing address.
When will I receive the money?
Funds will be disbursed by mid-October.
Is there an application process to receive the money?
No! The money is automatically distributed directly to all enrolled students. No additional forms or application required.
Can I get this money in addition to my other financial aid and scholarships?
YES! This money is in addition to any other financial aid or scholarships and will not affect the awarding of any other funding.
What can I use this money for?
Since this money is directly awarded to students, you can use it for anything you need. If you still have a balance on your AWC account, you are welcome to use the money to pay your bill. Otherwise, it is yours to spend as you need.
Can I receive this money if I am still in high school (dual or concurrent enrollment)?
YES! This money is available to ANY enrolled student during the Fall 2021 semester, including high school students enrolled in dual or concurrent credit classes. That means you pay only $25 per credit for your classes AND you receive money on top of that!
High school students* are included under TIER 2 of the awarding table.
Can I receive this money if I’m not a resident of the district, or Arizona, or the USA?
YES! All students can receive these funds. Non-US residents* will be eligible under Tier 2.
Can I apply this money to my account at the college?
The money will not automatically be applied to your student account, but you can use the money to pay off any college account balance once you receive it.
Is this money taxable?
No. These payments are not considered taxable income.
Will I receive this money in the Spring semester too?
There will be money available for the spring semester as well, but the award amounts and eligibility requirements may change.