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CARES Act Grant Information

MCC received CARES Act funding to support students who have been financially impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). These funds are a part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, a new federal grant funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Federal Emergency Relief Fund for MCC Students

CARES Act funds are federal grants that can be used to help cover expenses, so you can focus on your education and meet your academic goals. You will not be asked to pay the funds back.

Steps to apply:

  1. Eligible students will receive an email or other electronic communication with a link to our online application. We have predetermined eligibility based on the criteria listed below.
  2. *Complete and submit a Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA). If you have already submitted a FAFSA for 2019-2020 or 2020-2021, this step is not required.
  3. You will be contacted by MCC via email or other electronic communication. (Due to an expected high volume of applications, please allow for up to five business days.)

*For CARES Act grants, you do not need to submit documentation or verification to the Department of Education (ED) after completing your FAFSA. However, you will receive communication from the ED if documents are needed or if you are missing anything in your FAFSA application. Following instructions and completing these verification steps may also make you eligible for Financial Aid.

Eligibility & Requirements

Federal guidelines for CARES Act grants require that you must be eligible for Federal Financial Aid and meet the following criteria.

  1. Be enrolled in an approved degree or credential;
  2. Not owe any federal financial aid repayment or have defaulted on any financial aid loan, or not have been involved in any fraudulent receipt, distribution, or overpayment of financial aid funds;
  3. Be a U.S. citizen or national, a permanent resident, or an eligible noncitizen, and have a social security number;
  4. Be registered for the selective service (if male);
  5. Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations; and
  6. Be in good Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standing.

You will not be eligible for CARES Act Student Aid if:

  • You were enrolled in all online coursework as of March 13th, 2020, when the proclamation was issued declaring a national emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • You are co-enrolled in another college or university where you could also be receiving CARES Act funds (consortium agreement).
  • If you are not eligible, or unsure if you meet eligibility requirements, please send an e-mail to us at financial_aid@mclennan.edu from your MCC student e-mail address and explain your circumstances. There may be additional resources we may be able to provide. Submitting the e-mail authorizes MCC to research those opportunities on your behalf.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Eligible?

Current and newly enrolled students who qualify for Federal Financial Aid and have been impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible for CARES Act grants. Eligible students will receive an email or other electronic message indicating that we believe they might be eligible. Funding is limited so not all students completing the application will receive the funds.

How do I Apply?

  1. Complete the application linked in your student email.
  2. Fill out and submit a FAFSA. If you already have a FAFSA, this step is not required.
  3. You will be contacted by MCC. (Due to a high volume of applications, please allow up to five business days to receive a response.)

What if I don't qualify for the CARES Act Student Aid?

If you are not eligible, or unsure if you meet eligibility requirements, please send an e-mail to us at financial_aid@mclennan.edu from your MCC student e-mail address and explain your circumstances. There may be additional resources we may be able to provide. Submitting the e-mail authorizes MCC to research those opportunities on your behalf.

Does this impact my financial aid?

No. Eligible students may receive both Financial Aid and CARES Act grants.

Can I apply for CARES grants while attending another college or university?

No. Federal guidelines specify that students are not eligible for CARES Act grants at MCC if they are co-enrolled in another college or university where you could also receive CARES Act grant funds (consortium agreement).

How do I receive the funds?

Once your application is approved, you will receive funds by electronic deposit or check. Be sure to set up your Highlander One Card (through BankMobile) preferences and make sure your mailing address is up to date. For information on the Highlander One Card visit this site: https://www.mclennan.edu/stuacnt/highlandercard.html.