The COVID-19 pandemic has created upheaval and financial stress for many UM-Flint students and their families. I hope that you have been able to stay safe and healthy throughout this time.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act created the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency grants to students. You have been identified as qualifying for one of these grants. Qualifying students must be Title IV aid eligible and meet all qualifications of Section 484 of the Higher Education Act. Awards are being provided to qualifying students with an Expected Family Contribution of 20,000 or less as determined by the 2019-20 FAFSA. Additionally, students must have been enrolled and eligible as of 3/13/2020, the date the national pandemic emergency was declared.
Funds received from the emergency grant are to help offset your costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Such costs may include but are not limited to food, internet, software, phone, and supplies. Supplies should be associated with your ability to study and complete coursework remotely while you are enrolled in classes at UM-Flint due to Michigan’s current Stay At Home Executive Order issued by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Eligible students will receive either a $500 or $750 grant, based on their enrollment in winter and spring 2020.
The CARES Act requires institutions of higher education to release these funds directly to eligible students, regardless of any balance that may exist on a tuition account. Therefore, you will receive these funds in the near future either by check from UM-Flint or direct deposit if you currently have that method set up through the Student Account Center portal.
If you have questions about your eligibility for this grant, you can contact The Office of Financial Aid at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information will be available on the UM-Flint COVID-19 webpage in the near future.
In good health,
Kristi N. Hottenstein, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management