Northwest Mississippi Community College officials have announced that the college has received approximately $2.8 million in emergency grant funds from the US Department of Education Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). The fund was created as a result of the passage by Congress of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on March 27. Funds from the grant will be used to provide emergency assistance to students with expenses incurred due to the disruption of campus activities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are pleased to be able to send these emergency funds out to students and their families who are in need during this difficult time,” said Dr. Michael Heindl, Northwest president.
The college is currently in the process of collecting and processing applications from students who qualify for grant funds, which includes those who were enrolled in on-campus classes on or prior to March 13 and who are eligible to, or could be eligible to, receive funding under Section 484 Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) by completing a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who were exclusively enrolled in online (eLearning) classes will not be eligible for the HEERF funds due to the formula provided by Congress in the CARES Act. Eligible students have been sent directions via e-mail that include links to the Northwest CARES Act webpage and a link to the emergency relief funds application.
Students who filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA may complete the Emergency Financial Aid Application at the following link: https://nwcc.wufoo.com/forms/cares-act-student-emergency-grant-claim-form/ . The application period is May 18, 2020 to June 5, 2020.
Students who did not file a 2019-2020 FAFSA may check their eligibility for grant funds by first completing the FAFSA at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa and including the Northwest school code, 002427. For assistance in completing the FAFSA, contact the Northwest Financial Aid Office at 662-562-3271 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. After completing the FAFSA, students may submit an application for grant funds through the above link.
The emergency financial aid grant funds will be disbursed on or before June 19, 2020. Award status will be sent to the student’s Northwest student email on or before June 17, 2020. The funds will be disbursed by BankMobile, which partners with the college to disburse all student financial aid refunds electronically. Students should be sure to complete the BankMobile account setup process and select refund preferences by visiting: https://www.refundselection.com/refundselection/#/welcome/continue.
For more information on CARES Act funding and student eligibility, please visit the Northwest website at www.northwestms.edu/cares-act.