The Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER)

The Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER) was established under the Federal CARES Act, and supported targeted initiatives enrolling and retaining underrepresented, first generation and high economic need students during the pandemic. Funds received by College of DuPage supported students and educational initiatives.

Other Resources Available to Students

College of DuPage offers and connects students to many potential funding opportunities. 

Scholarship opportunities currently available to COD students with eligibility criteria can be found at

Undocumented and DACA Resources are available for DACA and undocumented students looking for scholarships or funding specific to their needs.

State funding for eligible undocumented and transgender students who qualify through the Retention of Illinois Students & Equity (RISE) Act and Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid

Additional Information on the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER)

GEER funds, under the CARES Act Relief, are not considered taxable income. More guidance from the IRS on that topic is available at IRS CARES Act FAQs.