MCC giving students 100% of CARES Act funding

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Mohave Community College will receive more than $1.9M as part of the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act stimulus funding.  Although the college is only required to distribute half of the money directly to students, the college will give all of it to MCC students.

“We feel that distributing this money evenly among as many eligible MCC students as possible will have the most powerful positive impact on them and our communities during this crisis,” said MCC President Dr. Stacy Klippenstein.

The college has already distributed $500 and $750 payments to students who met eligibility guidelines set by the federal government and were enrolled in spring semester at the college, for a total of more than $1 million.  Most eligible students will receive $500. Eligible CTE and Allied Health students will receive $750. CTE and Allied Health students are receiving more because their out of pocket college expenses are higher due to program fees.  More money will be distributed to federally eligible students this summer.

The CARES Act is federal legislation that provides a variety of financial support to individuals and organizations affected by the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic.

The CARES Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) that provides more than $14B in emergency funding to higher education in America.  Of those funds, more than $6B must go directly to students in the form of emergency financial aid grants (HEERF-student share) for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis.

MCC will receive more than $1.9M in funds and will be providing it to eligible students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care. The federal government allows colleges and universities to use half of the money to cover institutional costs associated with significant changes in the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus.  The college faculty and staff were already well positioned to transition most classes to online learning formats. As a result, the college feels providing 100% of the funding to students who meet eligibility requirements will provide the biggest benefit to students and our communities.

More information is available at the college website or by calling the MCC Connect Call Center at 1-866-MOHAVECC, or 866-664-2832.

Mohave Community College President Dr. Stacy Klippenstein.

Mohave Community College President Dr. Stacy Klippenstein.