New Mexico Junior College


CARES and CRRSA Emergency Funds Request


Cares Act
New Mexico Junior College has received federal funding from the CARES Act and the Higher Education Relief Fund II (HEERF II) in accordance with Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSA).  This new law provides the U.S. Department of Education with funds to distribute to institutions of higher education in order to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). 

Unlike the CARES Act, which funded the previous emergency grants to students in 2020, the CRRSA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants. However, students do not need to be Pell recipients or eligible for Pell grants to be identified as having exceptional need. Our application process asks students to identify and attest to their need as a result of the coronavirus.

In an attempt to prioritize need, NMJC has developed a tiered system to distribute funds. 

Tier 1 - Spring 2021 Pell eligible students will receive a $1,000 distribution, no application necessary.  

Tier 2 – Spring 2021 students that have submitted a FAFSA, have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $100 or less, and were not included in Tier 1 distributions.

Tier 3 - The remaining CRRSA funds are available for students who have additional expenses or incurred hardships because of COVID-19. Students may submit a request for these emergency funds by completing the application located below. Please note that students who receive the Tier 1 or Tier 2 distributions are eligible to apply for Tier 3 funds.

These emergency grants may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance, and for costs that have arisen due to coronavirus such as:

  • tuition
  • food
  • housing
  • health care (including mental health care)
  • child care

NOTE: even if you received money from the Cares Act last year, you are eligible to apply again. For Spring 2021, more people are eligible with this new round.

Application for Funds 

In order to access the Tier 3 funds, you must complete this application.  NMJC will review your application and you will be contacted within 7 days at your NMJC email address notifying you of your application approval / denial or asking for additional information.  

Apply Here


You MAY be eligible for CRRSAA funding if 

  • you are enrolled in the Spring 2021 terms (16 week and 8 week).
  • Note: International, dual credit, continuing education, workforce development, or ineligible non-U.S. citizen students are not eligible for CRRSAA funding. 


The Tier 1 & 2 automatic award to Pell students will be for $1,000 each. The Tier 3 application based awards will be $500 per student on a first-come, first-served basis until all available CRRSA funding has been disbursed.


Questions regarding the CARES act and CRRSA funding at NMJC can be directed to or 575.392.5172

Student FAQ’s and links to these Department of Ed FAQ’s:


See the December 31 2020 Report of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund grants to students.

See the October 30 2020 Report of the Institutional Portion the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

See the October 1 2020 Report
of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund grants to students.

See the August 20 2020 Report of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund grants to students.

See the July 6 2020 Report of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund grants to students.

See the May 22 2020 report of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund grants to students.