Kickstart Grant

Pandemic Emergency Financial Assistance Now Available

The deadline to apply is October 4, 2021

$500-$1500 KickStart Grants available to students this fall term 2021

Emergency Financial assistance is available to help you get a financial “kickstart” in the upcoming academic year. New, continuing, returning, and some former and graduated students are eligible, so all students are encouraged to apply today! Funding is limited and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis for those applicants meeting eligibility requirements. You may be eligible, so apply!

$500-$1500 KickStart Grant

Who’s eligible? New, continuing, returning, and some former and graduated students are eligible if they have had a negative financial impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (See table below for additional details).

How much? $500-$1500 grants.

What’s the catch? No catch. There are no strings attached and nothing to pay back, and it will not affect your financial aid.

Steps to Apply

Step 1: Fill out this application.

Pandemic Emergency Financial Assistance Application


Step 2: Be patient. You will be notified of the status of your application when it is processed for eligibility. Final determination of eligibility will happen in mid-October 2021, and grants will be dispersed after that. In most cases, applicants will be notified via email.

Questions? Need help?

Call 541-463-5910 or email kickstart@lanecc.edu. First, review our Frequently Asked Questions, below, you just might get the answer you’re after.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?
When in Doubt, Fill it Out.
Please fill out the application even if you are not sure if you qualify. Remember: When in Doubt, Fill it Out. Lane staff will be verifying who meets the eligibility requirements.

If you are a: ...Can you apply for a KickStart Grant?
New Student, defined as:
You have never attended LaneCC before
Yes
Continuing Student, defined as:
You attended LaneCC on or after March 13, 2020
Yes
Former or Graduated Student, defined as: 
You attended LaneCC on or after March 13, 2020 and have discontinued or completed your studies at Lane.
Yes
Returning Student, defined as:
You attended LaneCC before December 31, 2019, but not after that and you are enrolled in the upcoming term
Yes
Credit, Noncredit, ABSE/GED, ESL, DACA, International Yes

What can the grant money be used for?
You can use the grant money for eligible expenses related to the cost of attending school, such as:

  • Tuition, Fees, Books, Materials/Supplies, Technology
  • Childcare
  • Healthcare
  • Food, Utilities, and Housing

Who will determine if I will get the grant(s)?
Lane staff will review applications and each applicant’s student records to determine if an applicant meets all eligibility requirements.

How will I be notified of my application status?
You will be notified via email. Please check your email account(s) regularly.

When will I know if I will receive the grant(s)?
Final verification for most applicants will begin after October 4, 2021. Applicants can expect to be notified of their award status starting mid-October, 2021.

If I meet all eligibility requirements, when will I get the money?
The first round of disbursement of funds will begin in mid-October, 2021. Funds will be dispersed to fully eligible applicants in the order that applications were received, until funding is depleted. This is another reason to get your application submitted as soon as possible.

If I am awarded the grant, do I need to claim the award amount as part of my gross income?
No. You will not need to claim the grant award as part of their gross income. 

If I am awarded the grant, will it affect my financial aid?
No, getting the grant should not affect your financial aid award. According to the Department of Education, “any HEERF emergency financial aid grant received by a student under the CARES Act, CRRSAA, or ARP should not be counted as income when calculating a family’s EFC.” Source.

I have questions. How can I get help?
You can email kickstart@lanecc.edu or call 541-463-5910

What can I do to increase my chances of getting grant money?
First, fill out the application as soon as possible. Funding for grants is limited, and awards will be distributed to eligible students in the order applications were received. See below for definitions of Full Eligibility, and steps to take to ensure your best chances of receiving the grant.

New Students Continuing Students, Former or Graduated (as defined) Students Returning Students

If you haven’t already done so, apply to Lane.

Enroll in classes for the upcoming term

Stay enrolled in classes past the “add/drop with refund” deadline, in most cases, October 4, 2021 for fall term.

If you were a Lane student on or after March 13, 2020, all you need to do is fill out the application and await verification of your eligibility by Lane staff.

If you haven’t already done so, reapply for admission, select “Earn a degree or certificate, or prepare to transfer,” then select “Returning Student”

Log into MyLane and check for holds on your account, and follow the prompts to find out how to clear them.

Enroll in classes for the upcoming term
Stay enrolled in classes past the “add/drop with refund”

Recommended For All New, Continuing and Returning students:

Fill out the FAFSA:
While it is not required to qualify for a KickStart Grant, we always recommend filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is the application for federal financial aid. For assistance, contact the Financial Aid Office.

Meet with an advisor:
Although it is not required to qualify for the KickStart Grant, we always recommend meeting with an academic advisor to make plans for the term. Contact Advising.