Modesto Junior College has distributed its portion of the $4.8 million federal CARES Act Grant, intended for direct student aid providing assistance to alleviate hardships students endured as a result of COVID-19. Examples of hardships included food and housing insecurity, technology expenses such as computers and internet access, and other needs to support remote learning. As of June 12, the MJC Financial Aid Office had distributed a total of $794,000 to 1,588 students, awarded in $500 grants.
On Friday, May 29 a total of $57,000 was distributed to students, followed by an additional $550,000 on Friday, June 5 and $187,000 was distributed to students on Friday, June 12.
Eligible students were notified through their campus student email, where they received instructions how to access the $500 grant.
“MJC estimates that about 8,000 students are eligible under the Title IV eligibility. MJC will continue to disburse student emergency grants, until funds run out. Students should be checking their PiratesNet email for the link for the application and fill it out as soon as possible,” Aurelia Gonzalez, Interim Director of Student Financial Services, shared. “Students will receive funds via their Bank Mobile account. They need to make sure that account is set up.”
For more information about CARES and transparency of process and disbursements, visit the MJC CARES Act Funding webpage: https://www.mjc.edu/studentservices/finaid/caresact.php.