CARES Act Funding Distribution

CARES Act Funding Distribution

As a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, NEMCC received $1,791,845.00 in relief funding to be distributed by NEMCC as direct payments to students who demonstrate significant need as a result of the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. NEMCC will provide these direct payments to students as outlined below.

In addition another $103,135.68 from the institutional portion of the CARES Act funding, along with Federal Work Study funds and FSEOG funds were transferred and used as emergency grants.

Funds Distributed



Students Eligible to Participate 

The estimated total number of students at the institution 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 2,269

The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is:

  • 2,396 as of June 8, 2020
  • 2,222 as of May 20, 2020

Eligibility Requirements

Northeast Mississippi Community College determined which students were eligible based on guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education. Those guidelines stipulated that current students as of March 13, 2020, excluding fully online students, who were eligible to apply for financial aid under Title IV programs were eligible to receive emergency grants under the CARES Act. The college developed an application process for students who had not completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to self-certify to prove their eligibility for grants under the CARES Act. Eligible students received a pro-rata portion of the emergency grants based on the number of credit hours for which they were enrolled as of March 13, 2020 (capped at 12 hours, which is full-time enrollment), with a minimum of three hours enrolled. Based on the proration calculation, students received the following amounts based on enrolled credit hours:

  • 12 hours     $830.10
  • 11 hours     $760.93
  • 10 hours     $691.75
  • 9 hours       $622.58
  • 8 hours       $553.41
  • 7 hours       $484.23
  • 6 hours       $415.05
  • 5 hours       $345.88
  • 4 hours       $276.70
  • 3 hours       $207.53

Student Guidance

All students who were deemed eligible by NEMCC received the following information through their college email.

Dear Student:

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides economic relief to students who incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).

Northeast Mississippi Community College is committed to providing this economic relief money directly to our students in as transparent and expeditious a manner as possible. Undoubtedly, there will be questions regarding who is eligible to receive these funds, how the money will be distributed to students, and how receipt of CARES Act funding may impact a student’s other finances. Please see the FAQs below. 

**Recipients of this email are qualified and will receive funds in the next couple of days.**

What are the eligibility criteria to qualify for CARES Act funding?
Do I have to pay this money back?
Is money received from the CARES Act considered taxable income?
I got this money as a refund. Does this mean my NEMCC account balance has been paid off?
How will I receive my funds?