LOWELL – Middlesex Community College will provide $ 1.5 million in federal emergency higher education grant funds to students until fall 2022.
All new and former students are eligible to apply for financial aid.
The HEERF grant provides funding opportunities for students to start, return to school and achieve their higher education goals during the post-pandemic COVID-19 recovery period.
“With funding opportunities – such as the HEERF grant – Middlesex remains committed to providing accessible and affordable education to all students,” MCC vice president of finance and chief financial officer Frank Nocella said in a statement. “We understand the challenges our students face in getting to school. MCC strives to remove these financial barriers to ensure that students stay on track for academic and professional success.
MCC has provided HEERF funding from the US Department of Education to students since it was first provided at the start of the pandemic. Combined with last year’s Federal Cares Act funding, it represents a total of $ 2 million in federal emergency aid for MCC students.
The MCC has also frozen tuition and fees for the next fall semester, to prevent other students from suspending their studies for financial reasons.
“As an open access institution, Middlesex is in a unique position to help our communities, the Commonwealth and a diverse student body in the future,” said MCC Board Chairman James Campbell , in a press release. “In addition to providing access to high quality education, flexible course formats, and a host of student resources and support services, MCC is finding ways to make learning even more affordable. By freezing tuition fees, students can focus more on their studies without additional financial stress, preparing them for a more lucrative and prosperous future. “
MCC offers personalized financial aid advice to students to establish a payment plan and determine and apply for the financial options that are best for them, including grants, scholarships, loans, and work and study opportunities. .
The MCC Admissions Office will host an event titled “Making College Affordable” on June 15 at 5:00 p.m. to better educate students about financial aid, student accounts, work-study opportunities, student support services and more. You can find more information about the event on www.middlesex.mass.edu/admissions.
For more information on the Federal Emergency Grant and to apply for financial aid, students can visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/financialaid or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Information on funding opportunities for the summer and fall 2021 semesters is also available on the MCC mobile app.
MCC will increase on-campus services starting August 2 to enroll students and prepare for the fall semester, which will offer a mix of teaching and learning formats with more courses, services and activities on the campus. Visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration or call 800-818-3434 to register.