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Mercer County Community College prepares to distribute $1.9 million in Federal CARES Act funds to assist students in need

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Mercer County Community College (MCCC) is ready to begin the process of distributing more than $1.9 million in direct aid to students, made available through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Last week, the federal government announced final approval of the $2 trillion CARES Act package, with $14 billion earmarked to help colleges, their students, and their families mitigate financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. New Jersey’s share is $323 million, with $3.85 million going to MCCC. Of that amount half – or just over $1.9 million – is slated for direct aid to students.

In addition to tuition and fees, eligible expenses include any financial obligation that could prevent a student from completing his or her education, including housing, child care, transportation, or access to technology. Both currently enrolled students and those who will be enrolled for summer and fall semesters are eligible, Wang said. To expedite the distribution process, MCCC has created an online application for students, which is available at www.mccc.edu/CARES.

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