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CARES 3 Student Emergency Grant Assistance

As of 5/24/2022, MassBay Community College no longer has CARES funding available. If you need additional resources, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@massbay.edu.

On December 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) was signed into law. This new law supplements the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), and permits the U.S. Department of Education to distribute additional funds to institutions of higher education in order to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), also called CARES 3 at MassBay Community College. A portion of the funds disbursed shall be used for making emergency assistance grants directly to students. As required by Federal law, priority for awarding emergency grants will be given to students with exceptional financial need, such as students who receive Pell Grants. However, students who are not Pell recipients or are enrolled exclusively in distance education courses are also eligible to apply for CARES 3 Student Emergency Grants.

Cares Act Grant Disclosures | 2021 4th Quarter

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: October 10, 2021

Total amount available for student emergency grants: $3,556,469

Estimated number of students eligible: 2,805

Total funds awarded to students: $2,412,579

Total number of students awarded funds: 1588

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. Students must complete the MBCC Application for Emergency Assistance Grants to request funding.

  • Requests will generally be reviewed within 15 business days from their completed submission.
  • Awarding of funds through Section 18004(a)(1) will generally be made on a case-by-case, “first-come, first served” basis. “First-come, first-served” is based on complete applications for which all information to base a decision is available when processed.
  • The Application will also allow the students cover for past due balance related to COVID
  • The application is based on enrollment status. Student will indicate on the application their Fall Enrollment load:
    • Less than half time: $750
    • Half time: $1500
    • Three quarter time: $2250
    • Full time: $3000

Eligible Student

  • Currently enrolled students and withdrawn students are eligible to apply for funds if they attended during the impacted semesters (SP2020, SU2020, FA2020, SP2021, SU2021, FA2021)
  • Undocumented, DACA, and International students are eligible
  • Non-Degree Students are eligible
  • Non-Credit students are eligible

2. Block Grant Formula method: Students will be awarded a $500 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.

  • Criteria:
    • Must be enrolled in the Fall Semester
    • File a FAFSA and meet the student eligibility requirements outlined in federal law Section HEA 484 of Title IV (HEA of 1965).
    • Have an EFC(Expected Family Contribution) of less than $10,000
  • Instructions:
    • Eligible students will be identified and awarded according to the criteria section (2)(a); students do not need to self-identify.
    • Prior to disbursement, students will be required to confirm via the student portal that they have these expenses related to the disruption of campus operations related to COVID-19. Students will have until October 1st to complete the Acknowledgment Form online. Students who do not complete the acknowledgment will be assumed to have not had expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, and the block grant will be canceled

3. Additional Nursing Fund method: Students will be awarded up to $2,000 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.

  • Criteria:
    • Be currently registered and in good standing;
    • 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;
    • File a FAFSA and meet the student eligibility requirements outlined in federal law Section HEA 484 of Title IV (HEA of 1965).
  • Instructions:
    • Eligible students will be identified and awarded according to the criteria section (2)(a); students do not need to self-identify.

Link to: Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion, 18004(a)(2), and 18004(a)(3) is posted.

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion, 18004(a)(2), and 18004(a)(3) →

 

 

As of 5/24/2022, MassBay Community College no longer has CARES funding available. If you need additional resources, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@massbay.edu.

CARES 3 Act FAQ (Frequently-Asked Questions)

Who qualifies?

Any individual who is enrolled is eligible to apply including DACA, international, and undocumented students. A student must have attended during the nationally declared emergency, which was declared on March 18th, 2020. Students who plan to enroll in future semesters should monitor the MassBay COVID Resource website for future semester CARES emergency grant assistance applications. Applications ARE semester specific. The Spring 2022 CARES 3 Student Emergency Grant Assistance Application will be available in November 10th for students to apply.

What can the grant funds be used for?

  • Books / Course Materials
  • Computer / Laptop or other Computer Needs
  • Internet Access
  • Food / Groceries
  • Electric / Heat / Utilities
  • Housing / Rent
  • Childcare
  • Dental / Medical / Mental Health Needs
  • MassBay Tuition and Fees (with student authorization)

How much can I apply for?

A student is eligible for only one grant per semester, and only one application will be considered per student, per semester. The amounts that will be awarded are as follow:

  • Full-time (12 or more credits): $1,600
  • Three quarter time (9-11 credits): $1,200
  • Half-time (6-8 credits): $800
  • Less than half-time (1-5 credits): $400

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. Due to a high volume of applications, it is possible that processing times may be longer that what is stated above. All refund 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. This is the most current information provided by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Please continue to monitor the IRS website for information as details on CARES 3 funding continues to evolve or you can consult with a tax professional.

Will there be CARES 3 Student Emergency Funds available for Summer 2022?

At this time, we hope to be able to provide funding to students; however we are unsure of what the demand will be on our CARES 3 funding allocation. If we are unable to offer CARES 3 Student Emergency Grants for Spring, we will update this webpage.

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 finaid@massbay.edu