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% 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.
As of October 12. 2020, 100% of emergency grants have been distributed to students.
|Total Amount Distributed||$567,791|
|Estimated Number of Eligible Students||725|
|Number of Students who Applied for an Award||388|
|Number of Students who Received an Award*||322|
|Total Amount Awarded||$567,791|
* 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
Emergency Grant Awarding Criteria
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):
Fifty percent of Mills' CARES Act funding allotment ($567,791) was used to provide institutional support. The funds were allocated as outlined in the quarterly reports below.