June 5, 2020
Dear Pitzer Community,
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the US Congress passed the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act includes funds for emergency grants to institutions and students due to the disruption of the spring 2020 semester by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Consistent with the intent of the new law and in consultation with student and faculty representatives on the COVID Task Force, Pitzer determined that CARES Act funds should be distributed to students according to financial need. In partnership with the Task Force, the College developed a tiered system where the higher-need students will receive higher value grants. To be considered eligible, students had to have been enrolled as of March 13, 2020, and receiving need-based financial aid.
Students receiving CARES Act funds will soon receive an email notifying them of their award and checks will be mailed to students by mid- to late June. All CARES Act student awards are grants. There is no repayment obligation.
For questions regarding the CARES Act, please visit our FAQs found on our COVID 19 webpage.