In March 2020, the federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (Cares Act) which established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to assist enrolled students and higher education institutions during the unprecedented financial crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
As a participant in the CARES Act Relief Fund, Mills College signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement with the assurance that we intend 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.
Mills College was allocated a total of $1,135,582 of which 50% ($567,791) was designated for student emergency financial aid grants, and 50% ($567,791) was directed for institutional support.
Recognizing that the effects of the coronavirus would present both immediate and long-term challenges to our students, Mills used some funds to provide immediate assistance to our students during the spring 2020 semester and reserved a portion to assist students during the fall 2020 semester.
On April 30, 2020, Mills notified students of the funds available and provided instructions (PDF) on how to apply for spring 2020 grants.
The fall 2020 application will open on Wednesday, August, 26, 2020 (the first day of classes), and the link will be sent to all students via email. We encourage students to apply for a grant once per semester.
In accordance with federal guidelines, a summary of the distribution of these funds will be issued in 2020 on May 26, July 10, August 25, October 10, November 25, and on January 10, 2021.
as of August 25. 2020
|Total Amount to Distribute||$567,791|
|Estimated Number of Eligible Students||858|
|Number of Students who Applied for an Award||251|
|Number of Students who Received an Award*||183|
|Total Amount Awarded||$329,690|
* Reasons for declines: not eligible for Title IV funding, not COVID-19 related, no verification of loss of income, no active enrollment for eligible relief term, current Mills employee
Students who receive the Emergency Financial Aid Grants are identified based on the following awarding criteria:
Demonstrated Financial Need Criteria (all 3 criteria must be met):
Demonstrated Financial Need Criteria (2–3 criteria must be met):