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CARES Act Reporting

CARES Act Reporting

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Student Portion

Maine College of Art accepted online applications for emergency financial assistance grants provided through the federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act through May 11, 2020.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was passed by Congress and signed into law in March, will provide $507,454 to Maine College of Art in higher education emergency relief funding.

By law, half of the funds received by institutions must be distributed directly to students in the form of emergency grants to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. This means that $253,727 will be available to qualifying MECA students in the form of emergency grants through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

As of August 31, 2020, 93 MECA students have been awarded an Emergency Student Grant funded by the HEERF for a total of $230,250. These grants were awarded based on an application demonstrating qualifying expenses and eligibility for the Emergency Grant. There were 444 students in the 19/20 academic year who were or could be eligible to participate in the Federal student financial aid programs under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, and thus are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. There remains $27,077 in available funds that will be awarded by April 24, 2021.

The Department has placed the neediest students as a priority, and the funds are limited to only those students eligible for Title IV funding. To understand Title IV eligibility, click here.

If you are eligible to file a FAFSA but have not yet filed for 2019-20 and need assistance, please file a FAFSA at

The CARES Act directed institutions of higher education to prioritize undergraduate and graduate students whose family income is in the low- to low-middle income categories. MECA is also prioritizing students who have experienced significant financial hardship in the spring semester due to COVID-19. Given the funding criteria, not every student will receive a grant.

Please complete this application, and provide supporting documentation related to your request. The application deadline is May 11, 2020.

Qualifying expenses can be anything within the meaning of “cost of attendance” as defined in the Higher Education Act, including but not limited to food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, moving, and child care expenses.

If you are not eligible for federal financial aid programs and therefore not eligible for a federal CARES grant, MECA may be able to help you with emergency aid from other institutional or private donations. These funds are limited, but we encourage you to contact Director of Financial Aid, Carri Frechette,, to make your request.

For more information on the CARES Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grants, or institutionally funded grants, please contact Director of Financial Aid, Carri Frechette,

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Institutional Portion

In accordance with the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting Requirements, Section 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion, (a)(2), and (a)(3) Public Reporting here is Maine College of Art's Quarterly report the through September 30, 2020.