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CARES Act Emergency Assistance Grant

What is the CARES Act?

According to the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), emergency assistance grants are available to students to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Eligible expenses must fall into one of the Cost of Attendance (COA) categories such as: childcare, transportation, technology, food, healthcare, etc.

Who qualifies?

Students must:

  • Be currently registered in an Associates or Certificate program;
  • And have additional expenses due to the disruption of campus operations.

How do I apply for an emergency grant?

Students who have additional expenses due to the disruption of campus operations should complete the CARES Act Application for Emergency Grant Assistance form.

CARES Act Application for Emergency Grant Assistance →

CARES Act FAQ (Frequently-Asked Questions)

Are students enrolled in all on-line classes eligible?
Students enrolled in all on-line classes, prior to March 13, 2020 are not eligible.  If you fall into this group and are pursuing emergency funds, please email studentdevelopment@massbay.edu.  

What is the amount that I will be awarded?
Students will need to enter an amount in the application form. Awards will not exceed $3,000 for a single semester or $6,000 for a lifetime aggregate. MassBay has discretion on your final award amount and may adjust it based on the information listed in the form. These funds will also be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, until funding is exhausted.

How long will it take to receive the money?
We anticipate a large volume of applications and will work to process the submissions as quickly as possible.  It may take up to 15 business days for processing.
Checks will be mailed to the address listed in your BayNavigator account. 

Are these funds taxable? 
The IRS has created a webpage with information regarding CARES Act funds. For tax information please refer to the IRS webpage: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/faqs-higher-education-emergency-relief-fund-and-emergency-financial-aid-grants-under-the-cares-act.

What additional resources are available if I need access to food?
Please visit www.massbay.edu/snacc for additional resources.

Who do I contact if I have questions about the grant?
You may email caresgrant@massbay.edu

DISCLOSURE

Massachusetts Bay Community College has signed and returned to the Department of Education, the Certification and Agreement in order to receive funds from the CARES Act. Massbay has reserved at least 50% of the allocated funds to provide student Emergency Financial Aid Grants, under section 18004(a)(1). Emergency grants are available to students to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Expenses must fall into one of the Cost of Attendance (COA) categories such as: childcare, transportation, technology, food, healthcare. The table below lists information regarding MassBay’s grant distribution:

Date updated: September 30, 2020

Total amount available for student emergency grants: $887,876

Estimated number of students eligible: 1718

Total funds awarded to students: $817,758.96

Total number of students awarded funds: 1718

Awards are being distributed by three methods:

  1. Application method: Students who have qualifying expenses due to the disruption of campus operations may review the CARES Act Emergency Assistance Grant webpage for information regarding the application process for grant funds. Awards will not exceed $3,000 for a single semester or $6,000 for a lifetime aggregate. Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible.
    1. Criteria:
      1. Be currently registered in an Associate or Certificate program;
      2. And have additional eligible expenses due to the disruption of campus operations.
    2. Instructions:
      1. Complete the online application form, located on the CARES Act Emergency Assistance Grant page.
  2. Additional Technology and Utility Formula method: Students will be awarded a $250 CARES Act Emergency Grant if they meet the following criteria. Students receiving this grant may still apply for additional funds through the application method (explained above in (1)), if they have further qualifying expenses due to the disruption of campus operations.
    1. Criteria:
      1. Be currently registered and in good standing;
      2. Must be enrolled in at least one ground-based course, which has been converted to a remote learning format in Spring 2020 or enrolled in any Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 course. Courses must have been in session as of March 13th, 2020, the date of the President’s Proclamation, declaring a National Emergency concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak;
      3. File a FAFSA and meet the student eligibility requirements outlined in federal law Section HEA 484 of Title IV (HEA of 1965).
    2. Instructions:
      1. Eligible students will be identified and awarded according to the criteria section (2)(a); students do not need to self-identify.
  3. Book Shipping Formula method: Students will be awarded a $50 CARES Act Emergency Grant if they meet the following criteria. Students receiving this grant may still apply for additional funds through the application method (explained above in (1)), if they have further qualifying expenses due to the disruption of campus operations.
    1. Criteria:
      1. Be currently registered and in good standing;
      2. Must be enrolled in at least one ground-based course, which has been converted to a remote learning format in Spring 2020 or in a Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 course. Courses must have been in session as of March 13th, 2020, the date of the President’s Proclamation, declaring a National Emergency concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak;
      3. File a FAFSA and meet the student eligibility requirements outlined in federal law Section HEA 484 of Title IV (HEA of 1965).
    2. Instructions:
      1. Eligible students will be identified and awarded according to the criteria section (2)(a); students do not need to self-identify.