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Lakers Care Grant Offers Students Financial Relief for the 2021-22 Academic Year

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As of Fall 2021, the College has already awarded more than one million dollars to students attending Southwestern. Winter term applications are accepted January 4 – March 17, 2022. Disbursement of winter funding begins the week of January 28, 2022. Read below for details.

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College is offering relief funds for both part- and full-time students who have experienced financial hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic. Called the Lakers Care Grant, the funding is only available for the 2021-22 academic year.

The Lakers Care Grant is designed to help students with expenses. Funds are limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. All students who think they may meet this criteria are highly encouraged to apply.

Below is what students need to know to apply:

  • How much are the awards? $400 – $1600 depending on enrollment status.
  • Who can apply? New, continuing and returning students attending Southwestern during the 2021-22 academic year are eligible if they have experienced financial hardships during the pandemic. Students must be enrolled at the time of application.
  • How do students apply? Students must first be logged into myLakerLink. They can then complete and submit the application. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Students can apply once per term during the 2021-2022 academic year. Please submit just one application EACH TERM:
    • FALL: Applications for fall are accepted during fall term dates (9/13/21 – 11/24/21).
    • WINTER: Applications for winter are accepted during the winter term dates (1/4/22 – 3/17/22).
    • SPRING: Applications for spring are accepted during the spring term dates (3/28/22 – 6/9/22).
  • When and how will students receive funds? Disbursement of winter funding will begin the week of January 28, 2022. Funds will be awarded by check or direct deposit. Students will be notified about their application status via their SWOCC email address.
  • Do students have to pay the money back? No. Grant funds are not required to be paid back.
  • Will this impact student financial aid awards? No. These funds are in addition to any financial aid and do not impact student aid packages.

In spring of 2021, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, which included a third round of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding (HEERF). Southwestern received HEERF grant funding to assist students with emergency grant funds, resulting in the Lakers Care Grant

For questions and help with this process students can contact Southwestern’s Office of Financial Aid at [email protected] or 541-888-7352.