COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant for Adult Students

Higher Ed Emergency Relief (HEERF) Grant
All HEERF funding, that was made available to Meridian Technology Center, has been depleted as of June 2022. Please find the information and reports below of how these funds aided Meridian students and our institution during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding for the Higher Education Emergency Relief grants were made available to Meridian students. These grants were made available to our adult students that have been economically impacted and have incurred financial hardship by the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To have qualified for this assistance, students must be an adult student currently enrolled in an approved career training program at Meridian Technology Center. These funds were to be used for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations or personal circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples of qualifying expenses include, but are not limited to:

  • Tuition
  • Food
  • Housing
  • Course materials or testing fees
  • Technology
  • Health care
  • Childcare

Eligible students were no longer required to complete a FAFSA to receive these funds, but it was encouraged to help determine financial need. Available funding was limited and varied from person to person depending on program and unmet financial need.

Professional Judgement Options
Due to the impact that COVID-19 has had on many individuals’ incomes over the past two years, the Department of Education is requesting we advertise the option students have for a Professional Judgement to their current or future FAFSA. If you or your parents have had a decrease or loss of income over the past two years, please inquire about a professional judgment to the income on your FAFSA with Ashley in Financial Aid. If you meet the criteria, this could allow for Pell Grant eligibility, even if you have been told you are not eligible or have not been eligible in the past.

In compliance with federal reporting guidelines, Meridian has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received for student grants. Below you can find information on funding made available to Meridian.

HEERF 1 Student Funding
Funds received: $151,397
Funds distributed: $151,397
Number of students eligible: 129
Number of students who’ve received funds: 129

HEERF 2 Student Funding
Funds received: $151,397
Funds distributed: $151,397
Number of students eligible: 102
Number of students who’ve received funds: 102

HEERF 3 Student Funding
Funds received: $499,044
Funds distributed: $499,044
Number of students eligible: 308
Number of students who’ve received funds: 308

Meridian Technology Center’s Annual Report U.S. Department of Education Reporting Site

Quarterly Reporting for student allocations under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) and 18004(a)(3): [02060800]_HEERF_Q32021_09302021 (2), [02060800]_HEERF_Q42021_12312021 (1),  [02060800]_HEERF_Q12022_04082022 (1)   02060800_HEERF_Q22022_07082022.

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) and 18004(a)(3): 3rd Quarter 2020, 4th Quarter 2020, 1st Quarter 2021, 2nd Quarter 2021, 02060800_HEERF_32021_11162021 (3rd Quarter 2021), 02060800_HEERF_Q42021_01102202060800-HEERF_Q12022_04062022 and 02060800_HEERF_Q22022_07082022.