Coronavirus Relief Funding to Students

Federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act emergency grants to assist students

The College recently received news of eligibility for funds from the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), 2021, signed into law by Congress on December 20, 2020, which allocates $21.2 billion to institutions of higher education across the country. Specifically, the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund portion of the CRRSAA provides funds to colleges and universities so they can distribute emergency grants to students affected by this continuing crisis.

Eligibility for students

The Department of Education defines eligible CRRSAA students as those who meet the eligibility requirements to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please note that CRRSAA eligibility is not contingent upon students being awarded or eligible for financial aid; rather, students must only fill out the FASFA to demonstrate eligibility for emergency grant funding.

Students who have never filed a 2020-21 FAFSA can still receive CRRSAA funding if they submit a form by no later than Sunday, February 28, 2021 through the Federal Student Aid website.

Students who have never filed a FAFSA will receive an individual email with instructions for completing the form. If a student chooses not to submit a FASFA by February 28, 2021, the student will not receive any CRRSAA funding.

Distribution of funds

The College will distribute $427,790 in relief fund aid. As mandated by the CRRSAA, funds must be designated to provide students with emergency grants to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations (such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care) due to COVID-19.

All CRRSAA eligible students who were enrolled part-time or full-time at CMC (on campus and in approved off-campus programs) as of September 8, 2020 for the fall semester (and still enrolled as of December 27, 2020) or as of February 9, 2021 for the spring semester can receive emergency grants. Consistent with U.S. Department of Education funding allocation, Pell-eligible students will receive the majority of emergency grant funding. Students not eligible for Pell will receive an amount that is equivalent to one third of the Pell-eligible amount, reflecting the same allocation method used by the Department of Education.

Additionally, although international, undocumented, and DACA students are not eligible for CRRSAA funding, CMC will issue comparable support for those students who receive financial aid to assist with needs related to COVID-19 learning and living challenges. A separate email to those students will be sent soon.

Emergency grants will arrive as a one-time check by U.S. Mail at the address the student requests or be deposited directly into the student’s bank account. Please complete this survey to indicate the preferred method of delivery of the funds no later than February 28, 2021. In the absence of a survey response by the deadline, the default will be for the check to be mailed to the permanent address on file. CMC will automatically distribute the funds to students by Monday, March 22, 2021. There is no application or submission of receipts required.

Expenditure Report

HEERF Quarterly Expenditure Report as of September 30, 2020

“Now, more than ever this semester, we draw on the core values that distinguish CMC, the singular strengths that propel us forward, the learning commitments that help us persevere when it is difficult to carry on.”

Hiram Chodosh
CMC President