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Federal Student Loan Payments

Eligibility:  Individuals with federal student loans 

Important Dates:  Forbearance through September 30, 2020 extended until December 31, 2020

Description: The CARES Act provides relief to federal student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency. Federal student loan borrowers are automatically being placed in an administrative forbearance, which allows borrowers to temporarily stop making monthly loan payments. Interest will not accrue during this time. The suspension of payments was until September 30, 2020; however, on August 8, 2020, President Trump directed the Secretary to continue to suspend loan payments, stop collections, and waive interest on ED-held student loans until December 31, 2020. Borrowers may continue making payments if they choose. Additional information about automatic deferral, interest, and eligibility can be found online at and more information about repayment flexibilities and federal student loans may be found online at

Training and Support Services

Eligibility: Various (Dislocated workers, seniors, farm workers, veterans, disabled, youth, etc.)

Important Dates: Ongoing

Description: The CARES Act includes funding for training and support services through its programs administered by the Department of Labor (DOL). These programs benefit a wide of range of individuals, including but not limited to, dislocated workers, seniors, farm workers, veterans, disabled, youth, etc. The programs improve the employment prospects of these individuals and are designed to increase workers’ employability and earnings. The programs are delivered through the states and tailored to local economies. Additional information about these programs can be found online at

Federal Work Study

Eligibility:  Currently enrolled students receiving work study grants who were actively working in a work study job prior to COVID-19

Important Dates:  Ongoing

Description:  The CARES Act includes funding for students in work study programs that were impacted by COVID-19. The federal work study program provides part-time jobs students with financial need allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program is offered through the Department of Education and administered directly by the financial aid office at participating schools. Students in the program may be eligible for payment for lost wages due to COVID-19. Eligible students may be paid all or part of the wages they would have made had they continued working. Students who believe they are eligible should contact their school’s financial aid office. Additional information about this program can be found online at

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)

Eligibility: Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students

Important Dates: Ongoing

Description: The CARES Act includes funding for universities to provide special grants for unmet financial need and extra expenses caused by COVID-19. The existing Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) program, under the Department of Education, is administered directly by the financial aid office at each participating school. Not all schools participate. Students must check with their school’s financial aid office to find out if the school offers the FSEOG program. Additional information regarding these grants can be found online at

English Language Learner Program 

Eligibility: Proposals will be accepted from community-based organizations and local workforce development areas that will partner with WIOA Title II education and training providers or community colleges with an integrated education and training program and local employers with openings in an in-demand career pathway. 

Important Dates:  Proposal applications must be received no later than 3 p.m. PT, Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

Description: The English Language Learner Program Year 2020-2021 has available funds to support projects that incorporate integrated education and training programs and provide supportive services for California’s English Language Learner population. The goal of this pilot initiative is to promote the use of education and training programs and regional industry-sector strategies as the framework to help unemployed and underemployed English Language Learners with significant barriers to employment enter high-quality jobs. This year, there will be an additional focus on addressing the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations that aim to serve English Language Learners impacted by COVID-19 and/or that implement technology-enabled education and training to ensure safe participation in compliance with COVID-19 regulations are especially encouraged to apply.

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