CARES Act – Student Stimulus Grant

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2Congress recently passed the CARES Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), which provides emergency funding to universities to assist students affected by the campus disruptions caused by COVID-19.  

MACU has received HEERF funding and has established the CARES Act Emergency Grant Fund to distribute grants to eligible students who incurred unexpected expenses due to COVID-19-related disruptions. These funds may be used to pay for expenses such as housing, food, technology needs, childcare, medical expenses and other costs resulting from the campus disruption.   

Mid-Atlantic Christian University will begin accepting applications for the CARES Act Emergency Grant Fund on May 12, 2020.  This application covers expenses from March 12, 2020 to May 9, 2020.  The application will remain available until July 15, 2020 or until all funds have been disbursed. This program is first come, first serve and checks will be issued weekly with our regular check run.  

The following eligibility criteria apply: 

  • You must be/have been an enrolled graduate or undergraduate student for the term for which you are applying for the CARES Act Emergency Grant.  
  • You must meet eligibility requirements for federal financial aid; therefore, you must have completed either a 2019-20 or 2020-21 FAFSA. If you have not completed a FAFSA, you are encouraged to visit studentaid.gov and complete the 2020-21 FAFSA.  
  • International students and students who were enrolled exclusively in online coursework at the time of the campus disruption are not eligible.

Students eligible to apply for CARES Act funding will receive an email Tuesday, May 12 by 7:00 pm containing a link to a short online application. This application and required documentation must be received by MACU in order to receive these funds.

 Funds from the CARES Act Emergency Grant Fund are not considered financial aid and do not affect a student‘s current or future financial aid eligibility. 
 

DISBURSEMENT INFORMATION

This information will be updated as applications are processed. 

Total Federal Award: $242,130
 
Amount of funds disbursed:  $118,552
 
Number of students receiving awards: 156
 
Disbursement information is as of November 12, 2020, at 11:00 AM
 
Mid-Atlantic Christian University submitted the Certification and Agreement to the Department of Education on 04-25-20 with the intention of using 50% or more of the CARES Act funds for emergency financial aid grants to students. Mid-Atlantic Christian University has approximately 160 students who may be eligible for the CARES Act funds.
 
METHOD OF DETERMINING WHICH STUDENTS RECEIVE HEERF STUDENT GRANT FUND
Must have experienced a financial hardship caused by the campus disruption created by COVID-19.  Students will need to certify that expenses were incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic when requesting disbursement of the grant. Certification by the student is required, as well as documentation or itemization of expenses is required.  The responses to those applications are being reviewed by the Office of Financial Aid. Applications are reviewed within 14 business days and students are considered for awards up to $3,500, based on the reported expenses a student certifies to have incurred on their application.  The University has developed guidelines regarding what expenses are reasonable; these guidelines are used as part of the internal review process to help ensure as many students as possible receive funding and that awards are made fairly and objectively.
 
INSTRUCTIONS, DIRECTIONS AND GUIDANCE REGARDING 

The University developed an online application process for students to apply for the CARES Act Emergency Grant Fund. The application was email dierctly to eligible students on May 12th.  Students requesting a new form be sent to them may do so by contacting financialaid@macuniverstiy.edu

If you should have additional questions about the application process or eligibility please email them directly to:  
Applications are being distributed and will be available throughout the 20-21 academic year until funds are exhausted.