Madison College Student Emergency Funding
Madison College understands that many of our students are experiencing financial challenges due to COVID-19. The College has assistance available to students who encounter emergencies that threaten their academic success due to the inability to cover basic or educational needs.
We are here to help. Assistance from federal and private sources is available to you if you meet eligibility requirements. For consideration, you must be a currently enrolled student at Madison College. Funding may vary based on eligibility or availability. Please review the information to understand how to receive support.
Madison College COVID Impact Grant
Madison College students impacted by COVID-19 can receive emergency assistance through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSSA). You may use funding for any component of your cost of attendance (COA) or emergency related expense due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Institutions who receive HEERF II funds must prioritize students with exceptional need ensuring assistance for COA or emergency related expenses. To identify students with exceptional need, as required in Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund regulations, Student Financial Support Services considers Pell Grant eligibility, FAFSA completion and self-certification for awarding and disbursement processes.
All students who have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will receive a COVID Impact Grant automatically. FAFSA students do not have to apply. However, non-FAFSA students must self-certify citizenship and documentation of an emergency related situation due to the coronavirus. See additional information below.
How much funding can I receive each term?
The COVID Impact Grant is available once each term to support students until the beginning of Spring 2022 or until funding is depleted. Students who do not complete a FAFSA application are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis each term.
The grant amounts are as follows:
How do I know if I am eligible?
- You are enrolled at Madison College taking one or more credits
- You are a U.S. Citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen
What students are eligible for the COVID Impact Grant?
As of March 19, 2021, as confirmed by the Department of Education, students who are enrolled in degree, certificate, continuing education, non-credit, non-degree, dual enrollment, and qualified aliens, as defined within 8 U.S.C. section 1641 (including refugees and persons granted asylum), may receive HEERF financial aid grants. All financial aid students will automatically be awarded and those who are not must complete the Self-Certification application under, “No I have not completed a FAFSA" below.
Madison College staff will automatically review your eligibility and award you a COVID Impact Grant based on criteria.
If you have not completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), assistance is still available to you through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to support any expense related to your cost of attendance.
Although HEERF II funds do not require a FAFSA application, you are required to verify citizenship status under the 1996 Welfare Reform Act. Therefore, to complete the self-certification application to verify your citizenship status and your COVID-19 emergency, and for more information about criteria, eligibility limits, and disbursement timeframes select, “No, I have not completed the FAFSA” below.
Unable to Complete the FAFSA
We know not every student is able to complete the FAFSA application. While HEERF II funds don’t allow you to receive a COVID Impact Grant unless you are a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen, we may be able to help you through our Private Student Emergency Fund.
This limited emergency fund resource provides assistance for emergency related expenses up to $500.00 with supporting documentation. Complete the Madison College Private Student Emergency Fund application for consideration.
After we receive your application, the Madison College Emergency Funding team will review your application. We will send an email to your Madison College email address notifying you the decision. We encourage complete applications with all appropriate documentation for quicker processing of funds to assist you during this unexpected need.
For more information about criteria, eligibility limits, and disbursement timeframes select, “I am unable to complete the FAFSA" below.
Private funding general eligibility requirements include:
- Be a degree or credential program student
- Be enrolled at least half-time (six semester credits)
- Be in good academic standing
- Provide supporting documentation or proof of an emergency.
How do I apply for funds?
To apply, select the appropriate status to receive additional information and access the application.
How do I receive funding?
If you're an eligible FAFSA student, you'll receive an automatic distribution of funds via Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) to your bank account or by paper check to your home address. ETF is our preferred distribution method. We strongly encourage you to arrange for electronic funds transfer to your bank. Students with no bank account will receive a paper check by mail which will delay disbursement.
When will I receive money?
Eligibility processes are completed twice a week. If you're required to submit a self-certification application or a private emergency fund online application, processing takes three (3) to five (5) business days.