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 now, new challenges related to recent flooding throughout the area.
The College has received $1.3 million from the federal CARES Act to support students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mid Michigan College has announced that those funds will be disbursed to students in the next few weeks.
“All of us at Mid are proud of our students. They faced a lot of upheaval during the semester and they persevered,” stated Matt Miller, Vice President of Student Services at Mid. “The CARES funds help offset expenses related to the COVID-19 crisis and the disruptions student felt when campuses were closed.”
Students enrolled in the Winter 2020 semester who meet federal and institutional criteria will receive between $100 and $440 in CARES funds. The amounts will vary based on each student’s course enrollment and circumstances.
“We understand that the families and communities we serve are struggling and we are eager to get these resources into the hands of those affected,” said Miller. “Students were impacted last semester, but the effects of this crisis are both immediate and long term. Our students will be facing unforeseen hardships and expenses for a while.”
To support students dealing with the lasting impact of the COVID-19 crisis, CARES funds will also be awarded to qualified students taking courses in the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters. Students who submit a FAFSA and meet other criteria will receive $100 in the Summer 2020 semester and $200 in the Fall semester.
In addition, qualifying students who are facing economic hardships beyond the standard disbursements 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.