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CARES Act Disbursements - Spring 2020

 

Estrella Mountain Community College will be disbursing CARES Act funds directly to students.

These funds are awarded by the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund through the CARES Act to support students through this challenging time.

Students who qualify for emergency funds were enrolled in an EMCC financial-aid eligible certificate, degree, transfer pathway, or workforce programs and received a Pell Grant or subsidized loan at EMCC during the Spring 2020 semester.

Students must also have attempted at least six credit hours at EMCC during the Spring 2020 semester prior to March 13, 2020, were enrolled in at least one 3-credit, in person or hybrid course still in session as of  March 13, 2020, took the majority of their courses at EMCC, and met other eligibility criteria.

If you qualify, you will receive an emergency grant posted to the refund method listed in your Student Center beginning the week of May 11, 2020. Please monitor your Maricopa student email for these updates.

For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Education CARES Act page.

To review a list of frequently asked questions, see the Office of Higher Education's CARES Act FAQs PDF.


EMCC Frequently Asked Questions

The CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant Fund provides emergency grant assistance to eligible students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus as stipulated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law March 27, 2020.

Students who qualify for emergency funds were enrolled in an EMCC financial-aid eligible certificate, degree, transfer pathway, or workforce programs and received a Pell Grant or subsidized loan at EMCC during the Spring 2020 semester.

Students must also have attempted at least six credit hours at EMCC during the Spring 2020 semester prior to March 13, 2020, were enrolled in at least one 3-credit, in person or hybrid course still in session as of  March 13, 2020, took the majority of their courses at EMCC, and met other eligibility criteria.

Given the federal requirements to determine eligibility and Maricopa Community Colleges' review of the students eligible within those requirements, EMCC used the following criteria in determining the grant awards:

  1. Attempted at least 6 credit hours at EMCC in the Spring 2020 semester and was actively participating in a class on March 13, 2020 (total attempted credits including W, I, and Y credits)
  2. Received a Pell Grant or Subsidized Loan at EMCC in Spring 2020
  3. Listed on the MCCCD list of qualified students (produced by MCCCD's Institutional Effectiveness [IE] office)

No application is required for EMCC students. Eligible students will automatically receive funds via their selected Maricopa Student Refund Process method.

The distribution of funds to eligible students is scheduled to begin the week of May 11, 2020.

You may not have met the eligibility requirements. If you are ineligible for a CARES Act grant and your family was significantly affected by issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, MCCCD may be able to help you with emergency aid from other institutional resources. Please see the Financial Aid Process page for information on how to qualify for financial aid and/or apply for the emergency relief funds available from our Foundation.

If you would like to request a response to a specific CARES Act question, you can use our Student Services Request Form.

You can also contact Financial Aid directly:

See our Financial Aid Process page for information on how to qualify for financial aid and/or apply for the emergency relief funds available from our Foundation.

Emergency funds will also be available beginning June 1 through the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation State Farm Emergency Grant.

For information on how to apply for this grant once it is available, visit https://mcccdf.academicworks.com/opportunities/13331.