Mid Michigan College is planning to award CARES funds to students taking courses this Fall, which start August 31 on-campus and online. Students enrolled in the Fall 2020 semester who meet federal and institutional criteria, including a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), will receive $200 in CARES funds.
More than a quarter of Michigan’s workforce has filed for unemployment benefits, and delayed careers and lost wages are making it difficult for students and families to make ends meet. Many are also facing uncertainty about the future, and additional challenges related to recent flooding throughout the area.
“All of us at Mid are proud of our students. They have faced a lot of upheaval this year and they continue to persevere,” stated Matt Miller, Vice President of Student Services at Mid. “CARES funds have and will continue to help offset expenses related to the COVID-19 crisis and help our students continue toward their educational goals.”
The College received $1.3 million from the federal CARES Act to support students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last few months, students have been receiving CARES funds to help them deal with the impact of lost wages and extra expenses. To date, almost $500,000 has been passed on to students who took courses in the Winter 2020 and Summer 2020 semesters.
“We understand that the families and communities we serve are struggling and we are eager to continue getting these resources into the hands of those affected,” said Miller. “The effects of this crisis are both immediate and long term. Our students will be facing unforeseen hardships and expenses for a while.”
Qualifying students who are facing economic hardships can request additional funds from Mid’s CARES Student Support Fund. These supplemental funds are intended to help students with expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including things such as technology, housing, transportation, basic living needs, and other college- related costs.
“Everyone is facing different circumstances,” Miller noted. “We wanted to be sure that we had a way to help students with unique needs.”
More information about federal CARES Act funds, Mid’s Student Support Fund, and other support-related efforts can be found at midmich.edu/CARES.