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CARES Act Student Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act legislation provides financial support to individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  MCC received from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) approximately $4.6 million to provide grants to students with additional expenses due to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, including food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, childcare, and/or transportation.

Eligibility & Grant Awards

Eligible MCC students enrolled for the Spring 2020 Semester will receive an email, sent to their MCC student email account, with detailed instructions for grant certification or application.

Students are deemed eligible based on the tiered structure below, whereby Tier 1, 2, and 3 meet SUNY Priority 1 (PELL eligible, high need, low estimated family contribution); and Tier 4 meets SUNY Priority 2 (other Title IV eligible students). 

Tier 1   PELL recipients who are independent with children as reported on the 2019-20 FAFSA – award is $1,200. Next step: Complete a Certification* Statement. Link to online form will be added soon.

Tier 2   Pell recipients who are dependent students on the 2019-20 FAFSA – award is $600. Next step: Complete a Certification Statement* Link to online form will be added soon.

Tier 3   Pell recipients who are independent students on the 2019-20 FAFSA but do not report dependents – award is $600. Next step: Complete a Certification Statement* Link to online form will be added soon.

Tier 4   All remaining Title IV eligible students will be considered for an award based on  a completed application and determined . Awards could also be from one of the prior tiers if a documented expense was much higher than the initial award, and funds are still available.  This maximum caps at $1,200. Next step: Submit an Application to be reviewed by MCC’s Financial Aid Office. Link to online form will be added soon.

*The CARES Act is only for Title IV eligible students.  This includes students who are in an eligible degree program; have completed the FAFSA (or will be able to complete the FAFSA) and successfully met the database matches; are in Good Academic Standing for the spring 2020 semester; and have a high school diploma or equivalency.  As such, this does not allow HEERF funds to be distributed to international or DACA students.

A paper option for certification will be provided if students CANNOT access their student account information to complete the online form.


If you have any questions about the process or your eligibility, email or call 585-292-2050.


  • HEERF is a federal emergency relief grant that does not need to be repaid. In addition, this grant will not reduce or replace a student’s financial aid award.
  • Monroe Community College (MCC) has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification, Agreement, and the assurance that the institution has used, or 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.
  • Approximately 7,531 MCC students are eligible for this grant.