CARES Act Student Emergency Funds

**ALL CARES funds have been exhausted.**

What is the CARES ACT Student Emergency Fund?

Emergency funds in the form of a Federal Grant have been provided to MPTC to help students impacted by COVID-19. Specifically this funding is intended to aid students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.   It should provide direct emergency cash grants to students adversely impacted by the ongoing pandemic with unforeseen educational expenses, including:

  • child care, while studying at home
  • books, e-books or audio books
  • course related materials, and
  • technology (Keeping in mind that what works today may not work tomorrow, such as a checked-out laptop; borrowed equipment; laptops on the fritz.  Cables, the continuing cost of high-speed internet, camera, headset, microphone, mouse, etc are also additional expenses.)

THIS FUNDING CANNOT BE USED FOR TUITION EXPENSES.

Do I qualify to apply?

  • Applicants must be students that are enrolled/attending classes at MPTC during the Fall 2020 semester.
  • Applicants must be enrolled at Moraine Park in associates or technical degree.  Students who are in a certificate, boot camps, or basic education courses, Economic and Workforce Development, Department of Corrections, dual credit (high school), avocational or non-credit courses do not qualify.
  • Applicants need to be financial aid eligible; you do not need to be recipients to receive this funding.  This means you should complete a FAFSA to demonstrate your eligibility.  Go to studentaid.gov if you have not completed a FAFSA for 2020-21.
  • Applicants must complete the application (see link below) including a statement related to how the COVID-19 have been impactful and how this funding will be used to alleviate any financial issues.
  • Please apply for your current needs.  You may reapply as other needs come about.

How do I apply?

  1. Follow the link below to complete and submit an application for the CARES Act Student Emergency Fund.
  2. Submit any relevant documentation.
  3. Requests are reviewed within 24-36 hours and responses sent in 2-3 days.
  4. Requests received over the weekend will be processed in order received on the next open business day.
  5. Documentation will be needed for requests of $1,000 or more; some additional requests may be made before an application is approved.
  6. Email notifications to student accounts will be sent regarding the approval of each request along with information regarding the delivering of funds or alternative funding sources.

If I apply for over $1,000, what documentation can I provide?

Category Suggested Documentation
Books, e-books or audio books Copy of book fees or receipt
Technology Itemized list of technology expenses. This can be an online invoice or estimate from company such as Best Buy, Apple, or other company
Course Materials Course syllabus and receipts

All documentation must be recent and in the student’s name for consideration.

I have questions about the application process, who do I contact?

 

For questions regarding the application process please email or call Student Services at (920) 924-3207 or 1-800-472-4554.

*If your emergency is not related to the COVID-19, please go to MPTC’s Student Emergency Fund application to apply for assistance.

We at Moraine Park Technical College believe in an equal opportunity education for all and are making every effort to ensure our communications are easily accessible for anyone with a disability.  Please email bbauer@morainepark.edu or call 920-924-3361 if you are experiencing accessibility issue with any information or forms regarding the CARES Act Emergency Fund.

How do I know I have been approved?

You will receive a communication to your student email account when your e-refund has begun processing.  Deposits to your bank account are usually within 2-3 days after disbursement.

What is the fastest way to receive my funds?

To receive your emergency funds quickly, please make sure to sign up for the e-Refund.

If you are not currently set up for an e-Refund:

  1. Sign in to myMPTC Student and click on “My Finances”
  2. Then click on “MaxPay”
  3. Click your Name in the upper left corner
  4. Scroll down to Direct Deposit Refunds to enter your account information

You may also have your funds deposited to your Pre-Paid Credit Card. Call the phone number on the back of your card for the routing number/more information.

I have been approved, who do I contact for questions about a refund?

Please contact the Student Financial Services Office with questions about the e-Refund of your credit balance at (920) 924-3124 or sfs@morainepark.edu

Click here for Community Resources for students during COVID-19.

Through the CARES ACT, MPTC received a $607,643 grant from the US Department of Education to provide direct relief to help students impacted by Covid-19.  These emergency assistance grants will be funded 100% with US Department of Education money, no College resources will be used.

CARES ACT Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting

Moraine Park Technical College has received $1,215,286 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants from the U.S. Department of Education of which 50% will be used to provide direct relief to MPTC students who have been impacted by the coronavirus.

As of September 21, 2020, 477 MPTC students (out of an estimated 2802 eligible MPTC students) have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant.

MPTC students eligible to apply for an Emergency Financial Aid Grant include all students who are eligible for financial aid for the Fall 2020 semester and are enrolled in at least one credit (students must have completed Federal Application for Student Aid and must meet all financial aid eligibility requirements for the Fall 2020 semester).

Eligible students can access the CARES Act application in myMPTC. 

Below is a full report of the College’s fund usage to date. The report will be updated every 45 days.

  1. On April 11, 2020, MPTC signed and returned to the US Department of Education the Certification and Agreement for funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. On Friday, April 24, Moraine Park received the first notification that funds were available to use.
  2.  MPTC intends to use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  3. MPTC has received $607,643 from the Department to award Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  4. As of September 21, 2020, $607,643 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants has been distributed to MPTC students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  5. The estimated total number of MPTC students 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 is 2802.
  6. As of September 21, 2020, 477 MPTC students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES.
  7. The College uses the following process to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and the amount under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act
    1. Eligibility
      1. Students eligible to apply for COVID-19 Emergency Financial Aid Grant
        • Must have completed the FAFSA (Federal Application for Student Aid) and meet all financial aid eligibility requirements for the Spring 2020 semester.
        • Must be admitted to a financial aid eligible program and be enrolled in at least one credit during the time of the award. Credits of W, F, NS are not included in total amount of credits for semester.
        • Must have been financially impacted by the closure of campus due to Covid-19
      2. Students not eligible for COVID-19 Emergency Financial Aid Grant
        • Students who are in a certificate, boot camps, or basic education courses, Economic and Workforce Development, Department of Corrections, dual credit (high school), avocational or non-credit courses
        • Not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) or Timeframe, according to Financial Aid Guidelines
        • In Default of previous student loans
        • DACA student
        • Undocumented or unknown citizenship
        • Non legal residents
        • International students utilizing F-1 and J-1 Visas
    2. Application Process
      1. Eligible MPTC students must complete the CARES ACT Student Emergency Funds application found in the Student Portal to be considered for funding.
        • Funding categories for COVID-19 Emergency Financial Aid Grant are defined in the Federal Act as follows: Course Materials; Books; Technology; and Childcare.
      2. Applications are reviewed daily to: 1) verify eligibility and 2) determine the amount of the award student identified as need(s) and amount.
      3. Within 36 hours, applications are reviewed, determinations are made, and applicants are notified as to whether or not they will receive an award, and if applicable the amount.
  8. Instructions, directions, or guidance provided by MPTC to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants included:
    1. Directions for how to apply including location of the online application.
      1. Statement included on application: Through the CARES ACT, MPTC received a $607,643 grant from the US Department of Education to provide direct relief to help students impacted by Covid-19. These emergency assistance grants will be funded 100% with US Department of Education money, no College resources will be used.
    2. Students are required to certify that these expenses are related to the disruption of their education due to COVID-19 on the application.
  9. The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund provides funding to institutions to cover institutional costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to COVID-19.
    1. Moraine Park Technical College (MPTC) acknowledges it signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education on April 23, 2020 the Certification and Agreement for the Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Formula Grants Authorized by Section 18004(a)(1) of the COVID-19 Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
    2. The total amount of funds awarded to MPTC from the U.S. Department of Education for institutional expenses is $607,643.
    3. The total amount of expenses reimbursed as of September 21, 2020 is $607,643.
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