Emergency and Technology Grants
The CARES Act, which established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, has provided Massasoit Community College with funding to provide emergency financial and technology grants to students for costs and financial challenges incurred as a result of the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.
Technology Grant Availability
Any student who is registered for fall 2020 courses and has a technology need for the fall semester should apply. The grant is designed to provide whatever technology students need to be successful – that may mean a device, reliable internet access, or a portable internet hot spot. Grants are available on a first-come first-served basis. Students needing a grant for technology expenses should apply as soon as possible so they may obtain their device prior to the start of Fall classes.
To apply, complete the Emergency and Technology Grant Application today.
Distribution of CARES Funds to Eligible Students
To prioritize grant distribution to students with the greatest need, Massasoit distributed approximately $1.3 million in emergency grants to a priority group of 1,572 students in April. Those students were initially enrolled in at least six credit in the Spring 2020 semester; actively enrolled in at least one non-online course as of March 13, 2020; and received a Federal Pell Grant. Grant amounts were tiered by enrollment status and ranged from $500-$1000.
Remaining and supplemental CARES Act funding continue to be distributed on an ongoing basis to eligible students who complete an emergency grant application.
Please note that students who are not eligible for CARES Act grants, including international students, undocumented students, and students with DACA are still encouraged to complete an emergency and technology grant application if experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. Funding for these students may be provided through institutional grants based on funding availability.
CARES Act emergency and technology grants are available to students who meet the following eligibility requirements:
- For Technology Grants:
- Students must be registered for at least six credits for the Fall 2020 semester in a degree or eligible certificate program.
- For Emergency Grants:
- Students must have been enrolled at Massasoit in a degree or eligible certificate program for the Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 semester.
- If enrolled in the Spring 2020 semester, students must have been enrolled in at least one non-online class as of March 13, 2020. A non-online course indicates a course that did not begin the semester online.
- Students must have incurred or will incur expenses as a result of the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, including but not limited to food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care expenses. If a student has not incurred any expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus or technology expenses as a result of courses being offered primarily online in the fall, they are not eligible for grant funding. Students who already received an emergency grant and are requesting additional funds will be required to explain, and may be asked to document, expenses exceeding the amount of the original award.
- Students must have a completed 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the College. For emergency grant applications received after August 1, 2020, and all technology grant applications, a 2020-2021 FAFSA will be required.
- Students must be eligible to participate in Title IV federal financial programs. The criteria to be a Title IV-eligible student include, but are not limited to the following:
- Must be maintaining satisfactory academic progress if currently enrolled;
- Must be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements, if applicable;
- Must not be in default of a Title IV loan, owe a federal grant overpayment, or have received Title IV aid in excess of annual or aggregate limits;
- Must be a U.S citizen or national, a permanent resident, or an eligible non-citizen, as defined by Federal Student Aid ; and
- Must have a valid social security number.
- If you have not already done so, complete a 2020-2021 FAFSA application. Be sure to list Massasoit Community College in the School Selection section.
- Complete a emergency and technology grant application.
- Check your Massasoit email often. Provide any additional information or documentation that is requested via email as soon as possible.
In order to distribute these funds smoothly and quickly, please confirm and update your personal information. Instructions are below.
After your application has been reviewed, an email will be sent to your Massasoit email account to confirm if you are eligible for a grant. If you are eligible, your grant will be processed and disbursed to you as soon as possible, with no further action required on your part. These funds do not need to be repaid.
CARES Act emergency grants awarded as a result of the application process will be in the same amounts as the grants awarded to student in the priority group, tiered by enrollment status. CARES Act technology grants will be awarded in standard amounts based on the category of technology expense incurred. However, Massasoit reserves the right to offer lesser or greater amounts on a case-by-case basis.
If you have any questions about this email or your grant eligibility, please send an email from your Massasoit account to firstname.lastname@example.org
To Confirm your Personal Information
- Log into the MyMassasoit Portal.
- Choose the Student tab at the top of the page.
To Enroll in Direct Deposit or Confirm your Direct Deposit Information
On the right side of the page under Registration & Financial Services, follow the Direct Deposit link.
To Confirm Your Mailing Address
On the right side of the page under Registration & Financial Services, follow the View Personal Information link. If your information needs to be updated please send an email from your Massasoit account to email@example.com.