COVID-19 Student Emergency 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 aid grants to students for costs and financial challenges incurred as a result of the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.
Distribution of Funds to Eligible Students
Massasoit Community College will distribute CARES Act funding in a way that prioritizes students with the greatest demonstrated financial need and while also ensuring that funds are distributed as widely as possible in accordance with federal regulations and non-discrimination laws.
To prioritize the neediest students for immediate grant distribution, Massasoit has already distributed approximately $1.3 million in emergency grants to a priority group of 1,572 students. 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 will be distributed on an ongoing basis to eligible students who complete an emergency grant application.
Eligibility Requirements for Remaining Funds
CARES Act emergency grants are available to students who meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Are or were enrolled at Massasoit in a degree or eligible certificate program for the Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 semester and have not yet fulfilled graduation requirements.
- If enrolled in the Spring 2020 semester, student must have originally enrolled in at least six credits, and must have remained 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 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 the coronavirus, 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 grant applications received after August 1, 2020, 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.
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 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.
- If you have not already done so, complete a 2019-2020 and/or 2020-2021 FAFSA application. Be sure to list Massasoit Community College in the School Selection section.
- Complete an emergency grant application.
- 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, although 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.