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Federal Cares Act at MassArt
    • A. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide money to colleges to use for emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic.

      *Massachusetts College of Art and Design signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that used, or 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.
    • A. MassArt will use the CARES Act HEERF funds to provide a standard amount of relief to every eligible student. These funds are meant to help students pay expenses for technology, health care, child care, course materials, art supplies, rent, food, moving or other expenses incurred this term. These funds can help with unanticipated expenses or income loss that may occur throughout the spring 2020 term and into future terms.

      In Spring of 2020, MassArt received $755,133 from the Department of Education for CARES Act Grants to students. In January of 2021, MassArt received an additional allotment of $755,133 in student aid funds under the CRSSA Act.

      As of December 31, 2020, $564,400 in CARES Act Grants have been distributed to students. The estimated total number of students at MassArt eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive CARES Act Grants is 1,411.

      As of March 5, 2021, an additional $518,000 in CARES Act Grants have been distributed to students. The estimated total number of students at MassArt eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive CARES Act Grants is 1,295.
    • A. Students who meet basic eligibility criteria for federal financial aid are eligible to receive the aid. The MassArt Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) used the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility.

      Under U.S. Department of Education rules for the program, these funds can be awarded to undergraduate, certificate, or graduate program (excepting graduate students enrolled in the MFA Low-Residency program) students and were registered for at least 1 credit for the Spring 2020 term. Students must have a 2019-2020 FAFSA on file, which was reviewed by OSFA staff, and were determined to have met all TIV eligibility requirements. All eligible students received a CARES Act Grant of $400.

      Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Education does not allow these funds to be given to international students, undocumented students or non-matriculated students.

      For additional information, please visit CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund or view
    • A: Under U.S. Department of Education rules for the program, students who are not eligible for federal financial aid programs are not eligible for these federal grants. International students, undocumented students and non-matriculated students are not eligible for these funds. In addition, students who withdrew for the term are not eligible.

      If you are ineligible to receive funds under the CARES Act for any reason, please email financialaid@massart.edu. We are an institution that values a just compassionate, and equitable learning environment for all students.