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In 2020, Monroe County Community College made emergency financial assistance via the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act available to current and prospective students who were financially affected by the transition to online classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

MCCC’s allocation of funding through the CARES Act is $1,300,516. Half of that – $650,258 – was awarded as emergency grants to students.


In order to apply for these funds, MCCC students had to be Title IV eligible – which means they were approved to receive federal loans and grant programs awards for pursuing post-secondary education – and have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid on file with MCCC. 

Eligibility for MCCC students was based on financial issues they had or would face related to moving to online coursework, such as internet service issues, the need for a new computer or special software or hardware, or increased utility costs.

About the CARES Act

The CARES Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump on March 27. It is an economic relief package of more than $2 trillion designed to protect the American people from the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19. It provides fast and direct economic assistance for American workers and families, small businesses and preserves jobs for American industries.

Under the act, about $14 billion was allocated to institutions of higher education. The most significant portion of that funding allocation provides $12.56 billion to institutions using a formula based on student enrollment. Of the amount allocated to each institution under this formula, at least 50 percent must be reserved to provide students with emergency financial aid grants to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.


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