MCC CARES Act Funding

Are you eligible?

You may be eligible for CARES Act funding if you were enrolled in at least one face-to-face course during the Spring 2020 semester. International, dual credit, non-U.S.-citizen students and students enrolled exclusively in online courses prior to March 13, 2020 are not eligible for CARES Act funding.  Based on eligibility criteria from the U.S. Department of Education, nearly 2,000 MCC students qualified for the first round of funding distributed by the college during spring semester 2020.  Although not required to do so, the college will distribute 100% of the funding to eligible students with another round of payments planned for this summer.

What is the CARES Act?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (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. 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 $1.9M in funds and will be providing it to students for 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 their own institutional costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus. Since the college faculty and staff were already well positioned to transition most classes to online learning formats, the college determined that providing 100% of the funding to students who meet eligibility requirements will provide the biggest benefit to students and our communities.


Frequently Asked Questions

How much money might I receive?

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.

How will I receive this money?

Students will receive direct deposit on their Bighorn card. 

Do I need to repay the money?


Does this funding affect my other financial aid?

No. This is an emergency grant to help you manage unexpected expenses related to the coronavirus, and it will not have any impact on other financial aid you may be eligible to receive.

Is MCC required to give all of the CARES funding to students?

No. The federal government only requires 50% of the money be given directly to students to assist with the impact of campus closures due to COVID-19. The college decided it is in the best interest of our students and our communities to give 100% of the funding to students to assist them through this crisis.


CARES Act Compliance Disclosures

Institution Reporting Form – 10-23-20
Institution Reporting Form REVISED – 6-28-21
HEERF Institutional Report Q1-2021 – 10-7-21

1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

         * Yes- MCC plans to use 100% for student disbursements.

2. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Student.

       * Total $1,933,935 to award. Received $966,968 to date.

3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).


CARES Disbursement Summary 2019/2020 – total allocation $1,933,935

Disbursement #1

At least 1 on-ground as of March 13; No student w/o HS Dipl or GED; No DACA or Intl

4/27/2020 $1,079,550

1889 Students



1348 Gen Ed

$500 each


  541 CTE/Allied Health

$750 each

Disbursement #2 – $854,185 remaining required total disbursement

Enrolled as of June 4 in a summer course; No student w/o HS Dipl or GED; No DACA or Intl

6/4/2020 $ 864,550

1313 Students



1006 Gen Ed

$600 each


307 CTE/Allied Health

$850 each

4. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

       * 1,889 students eligible

5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

      * 1,889 students received awards

6. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

      * Followed federal guidelines for disbursing funds.

7. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

      * The college website provides students insight into the college process, and includes a section answering frequently asked questions.

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