Federal Money to Aid MCCC Students
I hope this message finds you healthy and safe. The COVID-19 pandemic has made your life difficult, academically, emotionally, and financially.
The good news is that help is here. Through the federal Stimulus Relief Bill, funds have been made available to assist you.
At Mercer, we continue to be committed to helping you stay on track and complete your study at Mercer. I hope you will take advantage of this exceptional opportunity.
Please stay safe and healthy. I hope to see you on campus in the near future. More importantly, I look forward to shaking your hands at your graduation!
Dr. Jianping Wang
President, Mercer County Community College
Once again, thank you for your application for the CARES Act Funds. Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Education has informed us that in order to be eligible for this funding, you must now complete, both the 2019-20 and 2020-21 FAFSA Applications (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). We encourage you to do so immediately.
We share in you frustration regarding this unexpected requirement, and will continue to work with you to complete the process. Please click here to begin your application, as the college cannot process your application until the FAFSA is completed. Act now, as funding is limited.
Please stay safe and healthy
Once again, thank you for your application for the CARES Act Funds. The college has just received revised and updated guidance from the U.S. Department of Education. In order to be eligible for this funding, you must complete, both, the 2019-2020 & 2020-2021 FAFSA Applications (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). We encourage you to do so immediately! Please click here to begin your application. The college cannot process your application until you complete FAFSA application. Act now!
Please stay safe and healthy
Thank you for your applications. The Federal Government will inform the College as soon as the CARES Act funds become available. The College has not been given a specific and definitive date. Your prompt application submission helps the college to process your paperwork while you and we are waiting for the money from the Federal Government.
We understand your urgent needs and that is why we asked you to apply now. We are eagerly waiting to hear from the Federal Government as you are. We will let you know as soon as we know. Hopefully it will be soon.
What is the CARES Emergency Grant?
Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, MCCC received funding for students financially impacted by the COVID-19 situation. These funds were designed to provide direct financial support to students for expenses related to COVID-19 and the disruption of on-campus services.
Who is eligible for the CARES Emergency Grant?
Students who have faced serious financial hardship due to unanticipated expenses are eligible for the CARES Emergency Grant provided they meet the following conditions:
How do I prove temporary financial hardship due to COVID-19?
To receive the CARES Emergency Grant, students must express financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic via their responses to questions from the MCCC CARES Act application. Prior to disbursing the relief aid, each student is contacted, and their application verified from an MCCC Staff member. An acknowledgment statement is sent to each student, which includes a written confirmation statement; a student must review and approve. Students receiving the relief aid accept the terms which certify the impact COVID-19 has caused to their studies and that they have incurred additional expenses directly related to the COVID-19 situation. (Eligible expenses can include items such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, child care, and transportation from campus to home.)
How were grant amounts determined?
Based on the overall federal funding MCCC received, and in conjunction with the number of eligible students, the award is determined based on the student's expressed needs from the Mercer County Community College CARES Act Application. Student awards are optimized based on six credits for summer and nine credits for fall semesters. Students enrolling in less than six or nine credits for summer or fall semesters receive a prorated award for each semester.
How will I get my CARES Emergency Grant?
After a student completes a relief aid application, applies for the 2020-2021 FAFSA, and registers for Sumer or Fall Semesters, grant relief aid checks are mailed directly to student's residences. Funds are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis until all of the dollars are exhausted.
What if I have a balance due on my student account or want to use these funds for future costs?
The federal government will not allow the College to use these funds to cover student account balances (whether for outstanding balances or future term charges). If you wish to use the grant to pay all or a portion of your balance due to the College or as payment for future terms, you can use funding from your CARES relief aid check.
What if I am not eligible for the CARES Emergency Grant?
Mercer County Community College is providing support to students who are in need of financial assistance but are not eligible for the CARES Emergency Grant. Students should contact email@example.com or MCCC-Corona19@mccc.edu.