CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund
(Updated June 22th, 2020)
Each institution applying for HEERF funds is directed to comply with Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act and submit an initial report (the “30-day Fund Report”) to the Secretary thirty (30) days from the date of the institution’s Certification and Agreement to the Department. The “30-Day Fund Report” information follows:
1. MediaTech Institute signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement. The Institution intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. MediaTech was awarded a total of $538,457.00.
2. 227 students enrolled in the 2019-2020 Spring semester filed a FAFSA and/or were eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. These students received a total of $ 1,186.03 in CARE Act funding.
3. As of June 22, 2020, 220 students have completed their paperwork required and are awaiting the receipt of Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
4. MediaTech Institute made every effort to contact all students regarding available funding. Outstanding students will continue to be contacted weekly in order to disburse monies to all those who qualify for these funds.
About CARES Act Funding
Updated June 1, 2020: Below is the information shared with students about the opportunity to apply for CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants. The information below is retained for informational purposes.
If you are a MediaTech Institute student experiencing a short-term financial need due to the disruption of campus operations caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19), please fill out the application for consideration of a one-time emergency student grant from the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. These emergency funds can pay for expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.
The recently enacted federal CARES Act provided money to colleges and universities to distribute for emergency student grants. The purpose of the money is to provide financial assistance to students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. This funding is separate from additional financial aid you may receive from MediaTech Institute.
What Does This Funding Cover?
The following is a list of expenses that can be considered for grant assistance if they were “related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus”.
∙ Course materials
∙ Technology (such as having to buy a computer when courses were moved online)
∙ Health care
We appreciate students applying for a grant only if it is truly needed.
Students who meet all criteria below are eligible to apply:
1. Working towards a diploma or degree at MediaTech Institute.
2. Enrolled in Spring 2020 in at least one on-ground/in-person course, even if that course moved to an online format due to the pandemic.
3. Only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants. If a student has filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), then the student has demonstrated eligibility to participate in programs under Section 484 the HEA. Students who have not filed a FAFSA but who are eligible to file a FAFSA also may receive emergency financial aid grants. Students must also attest that they have experienced any of the aforementioned disruptions. Per the U.S. Department of Education, international students and students enrolled exclusively in online courses are not eligible to receive CARES Act funding.
How to Apply
To apply, reach out to the Financial Aid department for additional information or email
However, before doing so, please review the eligibility requirements, as not all students are eligible to receive funding.
Q: How do I know if I am eligible to apply?
A: Students who meet all of the following criteria are eligible to apply:
(1) working towards a degree or certificate
(2) enrolled in Spring 2020 in at least one on-ground/in-person course, even if that course moved to an online format due to the pandemic;
(3) have a valid 2019-20 FAFSA on file only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants. If a student has filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), then the student has demonstrated eligibility to participate in programs under Section 484 the HEA. Students who have not filed a FAFSA but who are eligible to file a FAFSA also may receive emergency financial aid grants (4) In good academic standing per DOE guidelines
(4) US Citizenship required
(5) registered for Selective Service
Q: How to apply?
A: Reach out to the Financial Aid Department
Q: Do I need to repay this grant?
A: No, money received through this fund does not need to be repaid. This fund does not impact nor replace any financial aid you may currently receive, and it is a one-time grant.
Q: How many times can I apply?
Q: How much will I receive?
A: You will be provided this information when you apply through Financial Aid department.
Q: When will I know if I will receive a grant?
A: Our goal is to award emergency grants by the end of June 2020
Q: How will I receive the grant money?
A: Emergency grants will be processed based on your existing information provided. You will be provided a bank card with the MediaTech logo on the front. It will be a pre-loaded card. Instructions will come with the card on how to activate the card.
Q: If I receive a grant from the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, is it taxable?
A: No. Emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act are qualified disaster relief payments per the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and will not be taxable.
Q: Who can I contact if I have other questions about the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund?
A: Students can submit questions to Brandi Stanfill at MediaTech Institute 972-869-1122 or through email at email@example.com