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General Info:

Section 18004 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stimulus Act (CARES) provides funds to institutions of higher education to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.  Under Section 18004 (a) (1) of the CARES Act, Mount Wachusett Community College was allocated $2,554,747.  The Act stipulated a minimum of 50% of these funds $1,277,374 be used for awarding emergency financial aid grants to students.  The college completed a certification agreement with the Department of Education agreeing to this stipulation on April 10, 2020.

Awarding of Emergency Aid:

Additional guidance issued by the Department of Education urged institutions to distribute the emergency grants promptly and efficiently and to also consider those with greater need.  To accomplish these two objectives, Mount Wachusett Community College developed a two-pronged approach to distributing the funds.  The majority of the funds to be distributed as block grants of a fixed amount to all eligible students.  The remaining funds to be distributed via additional awards to eligible students, the amount of which to be determined on a case by cases basis through an individual application process to those students who are able to demonstrate additional need.  The fixed amount awarded to all eligible students is $500.  The maximum amount any student may receive of this funding is $6,195.


To be eligible for an emergency financial aid grant, students must have been enrolled at the college on March 13, 2020.  Must be eligible to apply for Title IV funding and must not have been enrolled in all online courses on 3/13/20.  Students participating in the dual enrollment and second chance Pell programs were considered ineligible.

Based on this criteria, MWCC has identified 2,367 students who are potentially eligible.  These students have been notified and instructed to complete an online certification of their eligibility specifically certifying that they:

  • Have incurred expenses as a result of the disruption of campus operations
  • Are a U.S citizen or eligible non-citizen (U.S. national or permanent resident)
  • Have a Social Security number
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Currently enrolled at MWCC

Once the student has completed the certification, the block grant is awarded and distributed.

Distributed to Date:

As of May 26, 2020, the College has distributed: $630,500 to 1,261 Students