Through the Federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), CNM is able to offer financial assistance to students in need. Lean more about the CARES Act and CARES funds.

Submit your free FAFSA to see what federal and state aid you qualify for to support your CNM education.

CNM also offers 90 different scholarships that you can apply to in one place.

Spring 2023 CARES Funds

CARES funds applications are now open for the Spring 2023 term. Students enrolled at CNM are now able to apply. An email was sent to students’ MyCNM accounts in March 2023 with a link to an online questionnaire.

Funds will be released to eligible students in late March 2023 and will be paid on a first-come, first-served basis. Funds are limited, so apply now. 

It is estimated that 4,000 CNM students will each be awarded $500 in CARES funds. Students have the option to apply funds to their charges with their written consent.

Paper checks are valid for 60 days from the date on the check. No stale date check reissues will occur after June 30, 2023.

Be sure to set up direct deposit to receive your funds faster. 

Note: Dual Credit/high school and Ingenuity students are not eligible.


Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in March 2020. CNM has received funding under three CARES grant programs: CARES, CRRSSA, and the American Rescue Plan (ARP) which were designed to provide relief to students and colleges from the economic fallout related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The student portion is meant to provide financial relief to students who have experienced the loss of income or added expenses as a result of the pandemic. CNM CARES grant funding is described in the table below. Additional funding was received as CNM is a Minority Serving Institution.

Student Aid Amount




Institutional Portion




Minority Serving Institutions




Total Combined Funding Received




For each grant, the Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) signed and returned a Certification and Agreement with the Department of Education to accept allocated funds from the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Laws 116-260 and 117-2.

More Information


According to the Internal Revenue Service, "Emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act for unexpected expenses, unmet financial need, or expenses related to the disruption of campus operations on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as unexpected expenses for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, or childcare, are qualified disaster relief payments under section 139." For more information please visit the IRS FAQ page


The funds provided by the CARES Act are grants, so they do not need to be repaid.