Muskegon Community College recently announced that it was distributing an additional $2,615,150 to 3,695 qualified students through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) and American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Upon further review of the award criteria and category for which each student qualified, the total award amount was adjusted to $2,291,400.
The difference of $323,750 will be carried forward and used for additional awards later in the fiscal year.
This newest wave of funds are to be disbursed in October as a flat amount of $550 to each student enrolled at the time of the semester census for the Fall 2021, with additional awards of $150-$250 to students who demonstrate exceptional financial need related to the pandemic. Exceptional need is determined using the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculation from FAFSA.
The grants may be used for any part the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or childcare.
In all, MCC has received $6,494,352 in HEERF Student Funds to be distributed to students as emergency grants. To date, including this latest award, MCC will have disbursed the revised amount of $3,955,850 to students.