CARES Student Funding and Town Hall Links (May 18, 2020)

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

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. Students who qualify for these funds will receive an email to their Millsaps email address. Second, upon application approval, 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: to apply for CARES Funds and for more information, visit the CARES Student Funding webpage and frequently asked questions.

In addition, the college is hosting two webinars tomorrow, May 19, 2020. CARES funding and other COVID-19 related issues will be discussed. The webinars are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, May 19, 10:00 a.m.: Faculty and Staff Town Hall Webinar, link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83937606789

Tuesday, May 19, 1:00 p.m.: Student Town Hall Webinar, link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89093761626

We are accepting questions to both webinars in advance. Please email your questions to info@millsaps.edu.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all deal with the many unique requirements and regulations surrounding COVID-19 relief funding.

Stay well!

Whitney Emrich
Vice President for Finance and Administration

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