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Metropolitan Community College CARES Act Emergency Grant Aid Reporting

Updated 07/12/2022

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) that provides more than $14 billion in emergency funding to higher education. Of those funds, more than $6 billion 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. On April 9, 2020, the ED published a list of individual institutional allocations, a certification form that must be signed and returned in order to access the funds.

Metropolitan Community College (MCC) has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement, and the assurance that the College has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

MCC received additional funds under subsequent funding bills which were distributed according to the guidance and eligibility rules provided by the U.S. Department of Education. A total of $18,495,215 has been received by the College from the Department pursuant to the College’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. The College has distributed $16,180,976 in 14,192 Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students—under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of March 31, 2022— financially affected by the disruption of campus activities due to the coronavirus, including, but not limited to, disruption in food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare. A determination of the grant amount to each student based on their application is made by trained MCC staff and has been distributed according to the sources listed in the table below:

Source of funding Allocation Eligible Students Support to Students
HEERF I (CARES) $2,883,698 13,663 $2,883,698
HEERF II (CRRSA) $2,883,698 12,678 $2,883,698
HEERFIII (ARP) $12,727,819 16,060 $10,413,580

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