The MCares Fund uses donations from the MC family to provide emergency aid to current MC students to ensure they have housing, food, and other forms of support they need to continue their studies at Mississippi College.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress in late March and signed into law. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). This section of the aid package is to provide emergency awards for student expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses.
Mississippi College has formed a committee made up of faculty and staff that have developed a plan to equitably distribute these funds first to our neediest of students and the remainder allocated through the application process. Students who may have or are currently experiencing expenses due to the coronavirus should apply for emergency assistance.
Any student (undergraduate, graduate or professional) with demonstrated need can apply for assistance.
The following are some examples of expenses that will be considered. Students can detail other expenses they would like to have considered for coverage on the MCares application.
- Essential academic needs (e.g., books, supplies, laptops, Wi-Fi hotspots)
- Food and basic necessities
- Emergency housing needs (e.g., securing short-term housing, security deposits, assistance with utilities, etc.)
- One-time / non-recurring medical expenses (e.g., COVID-19 testing)
- Emergency expenses related to dependents (e.g., childcare)
These are examples and not an exhaustive list of items covered.
Complete the application at mc.edu/MCares.
Your gift will support emergency grants for students to assist with food-insecurity, housing, and technology needs related to distance learning, as well as other immediate financial needs. Grants will be administered through the Student Emergency Aid Review Committee and the Financial Aid Office.
Yes. 100% of your tax-deductible donation will go directly to students in need.
Yes. University Advancement will send you a receipt for your contribution shortly after you make your gift.
Please contact Barbara Brown King at email@example.com.
The CARES Act allocated nearly $14 billion to support colleges and universities around the country. Mississippi College received $1.5 million for emergency financial aid grants for students. The CARES Act directed universities to prioritize students with the greatest needs. Students who may have or are currently experiencing expenses due to the coronavirus should apply for emergency assistance through MCares.