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 your 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.