On March 27, 2020, the federal government enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The CARES Act established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund I (HEERF I) to provide emergency grants to students to be used for allowable financial expenses incurred as a result of COVID-19 crisis. One part of this federal program allocates money to Owens Community College, a portion of which can be awarded to students who are experiencing expenses due to the coronavirus emergency.