CARES Act Emergency Student Aid Report

Mid-State Technical College signed and returned to the federal Department of Education the Certification and Agreement, and Mid-State 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.

Mid-State Technical College has received $764,006 from the federal Department of Education pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

Mid-State Technical College has distributed $583,930 of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of May 22, 2020.
Mid-State Technical College estimates that 1,994 students at our institution are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and thus we are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

A total of 606 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of May 22, 2020.

Mid-State uses the following method to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is as follows:

  • Mid-State Technical College has created a COVID Emergency Grant Workgroup that includes key student service personnel, faculty, and business office staff. This group is led by the vice president of Student Services and Enrollment Management, who is also the project director for the CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
  • In order to be eligible for CARES ACT funding, students must submit the FAFSA and currently be in a financial-aid-eligible program of study. Students must be eligible to participate in the programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Determination of eligibility is made by the Financial Aid Office. Students are notified via Mid-State email of their approved amount within five business days.  
  • Award amounts are calculated by summing the funding amount for each of the areas of need indicated on the student’s COVID-19 Emergency Funds application for which they were eligible to receive up to $1,500.00. For those students who initially received funding using the SEOG Federal Emergency Fund: if the sum for eligible areas of need was greater than the $510.00 initial award, the additional award was calculated at sum for areas of need minus $510.00 up to an additional $990.00 for a maximum total of $1,500.00 between the two funds.  
  • Eligible Expenses: Expenses related to cost of attendance, such as food, housing (utilities), technology (computer, printer, internet fees), course materials, and childcare.
  • Funding Limits: Students are eligible for a maximum of $1,500.00 per semester with a total limit of $6,195.00. The $1,500.00 per semester limit was set to support as many students as possible. The $6,195.00 limit is aligned with the maximum Pell amount and recommended by the Department of Education. Requests to exceed either the semester or total limit will be determined on a case-by-case basis and decided by the dean of Retention and Student Support and the manager of Financial Aid.    
  • Funding Amounts are calculated as follows:
    • Housing/Rent: $600 – only for those students who had previously been in the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point Residence Halls 
    • Childcare: $600 
    • Technology/Internet Fees: $200
    • Technology/Computer/Printer: $750
    • Utilities: $300
    • Food/Groceries: $150/1 Adult, $300/2 Adults, $500/Family (amounts based on experience with previously distributed emergency grants)
    • Other/will need to specify: up to $300
  • Awarding and Disbursing:  Approved awards are added to the student account as 901000905611 CARES Act Relief Fund via batch awarding by the Student Financials Office. Awards are disbursed directly to a student’s account unencumbered.  Students receive these funds in form of a refund via direct deposit or paper check mailed to their address on file if no direct deposit has been set up.
  • Disbursement: The first disbursement took place on Monday, April 27. Subsequent disbursements take place on Wednesday of each week. Students are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit.  
  • Instructions, directions, or guidance provided by Mid-State to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants is located here, including the application process and request form: