The University of Mount Union has been awarded funding via the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help mitigate financial impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. While these funds have not yet been received from the U.S. Department of Education, they will soon be available for Mount Union students experiencing financial hardship caused by the pandemic.
In addition, as a result of generous donor support to the COVID-19 Relief: Student Emergency Fund, additional funding was raised by more than 100 contributors. The fund was established to aid the most vulnerable students with unexpected and urgent expenses related to COVID-19, with 100% of every dollar given aiding individual students with the most pressing needs.
COVID-19 Emergency Grant Program
Mount Union can now provide emergency grants to aid students who are struggling with living expenses or facing other unexpected financial challenges related to the transition to remote learning resulting from this pandemic, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and childcare.
Eligibility Requirements and Application Process
Emergency grant aid will be awarded in accordance with federal, state, and institutional rules and regulations. Eligibility requirements differ by funding source, but the University will address applications from undergraduate and graduate students who:
- Are eligible for Title IV aid
- Have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Are meeting all financial aid satisfactory academic progress standards
- Have or can demonstrate financial need or hardship caused by or because of the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically as it relates to expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and childcare
- Complete and submit the COVID-19 Funding Request Form. Please note that only Mount Union students will be able to access the form, and it will require you to login with your network username and password.
Because federal regulations require that these funds go toward students not enrolled in an exclusively online distance education program on or before March 13, 2020, Master of Education graduate students are not eligible.
QUALIFYING SITUATIONS TO INCLUDE
|FOOD EXPENSES | Qualifying expenses may include unexpected grocery costs incurred due to a resident student who would have otherwise depended on a meal plan to eat during the spring semester. It may also include an increase in expenses due to supporting dependents at home because of school or child care closures.|
|COURSE MATERIALS EXPENSES | Qualifying expenses may include general or course specific supplies unexpectedly required due the disruption of face-to-face, on-campus learning. (Ex. writing utensils, notebooks, calculators, lab equipment, art supplies, music equipment rentals, etc.)|
|TECHNOLOGY EXPENSES | Due to the transition from in-person learning to fully online learning, qualifying expenses may include but are not limited to computer equipment, internet access expenses, and/or printer supplies. Claimed expenses will need to be verified by providing documentation. Documents can be uploaded in the application in the form of bills, receipts, estimates, etc.|
|HEALTHCARE EXPENSES | Qualifying expenses may include medical charges not anticipated due to coronavirus and/or its effects.|
|CHILD CARE/DEPENDENT CARE EXPENSES | Qualifying expenses may include any unexpected care costs incurred for a student’s child or other dependents in the independent (as defined by FAFSA) student’s household due to the disruption of COVID-19.|
|TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES | Qualifying expenses may include any unexpected travel expenditures or transportation-related expenses acquired due to the disruption of campus operations and/or effects stemming from COVID-19. (Ex. travel to and from campus to collect personal belongings, difficulty making car payments due to economic hardships brought on by the effects of COVID-19, etc.)|
|HOUSING EXPENSES | Examples of qualifying expenses may include any costs in securing housing for residential students once campus housing was closed. Qualifying expenses may also include difficulty in making mortgage or rent payments due to economic hardships brought on by the effects of COVID-19.|
Review of Applications
Applications will be reviewed by a committee. The Office of Student Financial Aid will notify applicants regarding approval of funding via email. If additional information is required, a staff member will contact students via the email or cell phone number submitted on the request form.
For more information about COVID-19 Emergency Grants, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid. If you are uncertain regarding your ability to meet eligibility requirements or if you are in urgent need of support, please don’t hesitate to reach out.