MCC Cares

In partnership with local banks, through community donations, and with recently approved government aid, MCC has established several sources for student financial/economic relief.  See below to learn how to qualify and apply.  For more information about these resources or to talk with someone about your personal financial matters as they relate to your tuition, financial aid, or essential needs, please email mcccares@middlesex.mass.edu.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) that provides emergency financial aid grants for students' expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis

To be eligible you must meet the following qualifications: 

  • Have been enrolled at Middlesex Community College (MCC) for the Spring 2020 semester past March 13, 2020
  • Have Filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA
  • Met Federal Title IV Financial Aid eligibility requirements
  • Have incurred an eligible expense caused by disruption of campus operations related to the COVID-19 crisis

 Please choose MCC CARES Act Emergency Grant Application to fill out the application.

 Please Note: 

    • Have any additional questions regarding this emergency funding program
    • You do not meet the above eligibility criteria but would like to apply for additional college emergency aid (funds are limited).

MCC Emergency Fund

The MCC Student Emergency Fund is a resource to help students who are dealing with an unexpected, short-term emergency, which makes it challenging for them to focus on their courses/academics.  Typically, Student Emergency Funds are granted as a 1-time allocation.  Qualified emergencies include, but are not limited to, sudden loss of housing (fire, eviction, unsafe conditions), domestic violence, loss of reliable transportation, sudden unemployment, food insecurity, or inability to purchase required textbooks or course materials. 

Any MCC student currently enrolled in 1 or more credit is eligible to apply.  Students may apply online for Emergency Funds at https://etcentral.sd.middlesex.mass.edu/#/form/60, and must provide all requested information on the online application.   In some cases, applicants may also be contacted via phone/email for additional information.  Students will be notified via email once their request has been approved or denied.  For more information about the MCC Student Emergency Fund, email MCCCares@middlesex.mass.edu.

DCU Scholarship Fund

The DCU Scholarship Fund is a resource for MCC students who are expecting to graduate from MCC at the end of the current semester.  Applicants must be able to demonstrate need (including non-academic hardships like rent, unexpected medical expenses or childcare costs, as well as tuition and fees).  Funds may be used for tuition, fees, materials, and other eligible costs for students as approved by the MCC Financial Aid Office.  Grant awards shall not exceed $2,500, with most awards averaging between $500-$1000. 

MCC students scheduled to graduate from MCC in December 2020 are eligible to apply online at https://etcentral.sd.middlesex.mass.edu/#/form/62, and must provide all requested information on the online application.   In some cases, applicants  may also be contacted via phone/email for additional information.  Students will be notified via email once their request has been approved or denied.  For more information about the DCU Scholarship Fund, email MCCCares@middlesex.mass.edu.

Grocery Expenses

Thanks to generous community grants, MCC has a limited number of $25 Market Basket gift cards for students who are struggling to access/afford food.  MCC students are eligible for 1 gift card per person, or 2 cards for students with 1 or more children.  Students will be notified vie email if their request is approved or denied.  If approved, gift cards may either be mailed to students, or picked up at the MCC Lowell/Bedford Public Safety Office. 

For more information or to request a $25 Market Basket gift card, email foodpantry@middlesex.mass.edu, with “Market Basket Gift Card” in the subject line. 

Student Loan Debt

All students with federal loans qualify to delay payments, interest-free, through September. Some private lenders are offering forbearance as well.
 
Unemployment Benefits

Students who have been laid off (or if gig work is affected by Covid-19 circumstances) may be eligible for unemployment benefits and/or Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation.  These benefits vary by state.  Click here for Massachusetts details.

Tuition Appeal Information

Campus closures and shifts to online instruction in the wake of COVID-19 have necessitated a reevaluation of our Tuition Appeal requirements. Visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/studentaccounts/appeals.aspx for the criteria for requests and documentation related to COVID-19 that will be considered in addition to the reasons stated in the Late Withdrawal and/or Tuition Appeal policy. Students should utilize the Late Withdrawal and/or Tuition Appeal form found online at: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/studentaccounts/downloads/extcircapp.pdf.  Contact studentaccounts@middlesex.mass.edu with questions.

Financial Wellness with iGrad

Visit https://middlesex.igrad.com/landing/coronavirus-and-your-financial-health for more information, or contact financialwellness@middlesex.mass.edu or call 978-656-3230.

 



Last Modified: 8/5/20