Over the past year, Montgomery College distributed more than $7 million for 8,627 student emergency awards using the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund I (HEERF I) made available by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. With the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) passed December 27, 2020, a second round of HEERF emergency assistance is now available, and Montgomery College has received more than 2,600 applications from students requesting aid. Students can still apply for CRRSAA HEERF II emergency assistance by submitting an application.
Associate Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Melissa Gregory encourages students to “make sure all addresses are up to date, all banking information is up to date, and use direct deposit for refund checks.” The College is distributing these funds to students to help cover emergency costs related to the coronavirus pandemic and began awarding the new CRRSAA HEERF II funds beginning the week of April 12, 2021.
The money can be used for food, housing, health care (including mental health), child care, tuition, or other school-related fees and expenses. The federal CRRSAA HEERF II Student Emergency Assistance money can be used to pay off outstanding MC tuition balances for students dating back to March 13, 2020.
Dr. Gregory said that Montgomery College is being as generous as possible to get money into students’ hands.
The College is required to give funding priority to students with extreme financial needs and is using the 2020-2021 FAFSA to help determine eligibility. Pell grant students are an example of extreme need, but students do not need to be eligible for federal financial aid or Pell grants to qualify for the funds. High school students taking college classes at MC are eligible for these funds. Dr. Gregory said that Montgomery College is “being as generous as possible to get money into students’ hands.” To learn more, please visit Montgomery College’s HEERF webpage.
Students who are ineligible to receive the federal assistance, such as Maryland Dreamers, DACA students, or students studying under F1 and other visas may apply for assistance through the Montgomery College Foundation via the Student Emergency Funding Request application.
To help students in need, consider donating to the Montgomery College Foundation Student Emergency Fund.