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Millsaps College completed the necessary certification agreement and has received $380,920 as a part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted, many of whom are facing significant financial challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The disbursement from the U.S. Department of Education as part of the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund is designed to prioritize students with the greatest demonstrated need to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.
In order to both distribute funds as quickly as possible as well as to also ensure support of students with extenuating circumstances, Millsaps will distribute the CARES Act funds in two ways.
- First, the college will distribute emergency grants to federal aid applicants with the greatest identified need. Each recipient must have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the Financial Aid Office and must have received financial aid for the spring 2020 semester. Students who qualify for these funds will receive an email to their Millsaps email address directing them to confirm they have incurred COVID-19 related expenses. Upon receipt of the student confirmation, grants will be distributed in the amount of $250–$1,000 for each eligible student depending on Pell Grant eligibility and expected family contribution (EFC). Students with an EFC greater than the college’s cost of attendance of $58,514 will not receive grants in this first distribution of funds. The college is allocating $283,000 to the first round of emergency grants, which impacts 460 students. As of September 30, 2020, we have distributed $188,500 to 289 students through this method.
- Second, the college will distribute any remaining CARES funds to eligible students who have additional expenses or who have incurred hardship because of COVID-19. Students may submit a request for these emergency funds by completing an application. Please note that students who receive the initial distributions are eligible to apply for additional emergency grant funds as well as students who did not receive first-round funding. In total, 587 Spring 2020 students may be eligible to receive emergency grants based on FAFSA submissions and self-certification. As of September 30, 2020, we have distributed $121,531 to 100 students through this method.
Each recipient must have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the Financial Aid Office or be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. International, non-U.S.-citizen, non-degree-seeking students and students not enrolled prior to March 12, 2020, are not eligible for CARES Act funding.
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