COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant for Adult Students - Meridian Tech

COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant for Adult Students

CARES Act Higher Ed Emergency Relief (HEERF) Grant

Emergency assistance grants are now available to Meridian students as part of the CARES Act relief funding. These grants are 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 qualify for this assistance, you must be an adult student enrolled in a career training program at Meridian Technology Center as of March 13, 2020, and meet Title IV eligibility requirements (see below). You must also have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 shutdown and transfer to distance learning. Examples of qualifying expenses include, but are not limited to:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Course materials
  • Technology
  • Health care
  • Childcare

This HEERF grant is not income-based, so although you may not qualify for a Pell Grant, you may qualify for HEERF grant funds. An eligible student must meet the criteria as defined by law in SEC 484, 20 U.S.C. 1091, In Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). This criteria includes, but is not limited to:

  • Be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Not be in default on a Title IV loan.
  • Have a valid and verifiable social security number.
  • Have registered for Selective Service. (males only).
  • Have returned fraudulently obtained Title IV funds if convicted or pled guilty of or no contest to charges.
  • Have repaid Title IV amounts in excess of annual or aggregate limits if obtained inadvertently.
  • Not owe an overpayment on Title IV grants or loans.
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress.
  • Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations.

Available funding is limited and may vary from person to person. We will email you if you are eligible. For more information, contact our Financial Aid Officer at ashleyh@meridiantech.edu.

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.

Funds received: $151,397
Funds distributed: $82,524
Number of students eligible: 207
Number of students who’ve received funds: 86