Financial Aid COVID-19 FAQ
There's a lot of upheaval right now, and you have questions! This page includes some answers to frequently asked questions. If yours isn't answered, send it to Financial Aid - they're still available by email and by phone or text at (269) 927-8112.
CARES Act Grant FAQ
CARES Grant funding is available to students on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply for the CARES Grant, complete the special application online.
Students who have been enrolled in spring semester 2020 classes at LMC who have unforeseen emergency expenses related to disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 are eligible to apply for the CARES Grant. To receive the funds, you are required to be eligible to participate in the Title IV (Pell Grant and student loan) financial aid programs.
Please note the following exceptions according to the U. S. Department of Education:
- Spring 2020 students who were exclusively enrolled in an online program on or before March 13, 2020, are not eligible for the emergency financial aid grants
- Early College High School students are not eligible for the CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants
- International students are not eligible for the emergency financial aid grants
Allowable emergency expenses are those unforeseen expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to, items related to your cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and childcare.
The CARES Grant funding is not provided to cover lost wages but rather unforeseen emergency expenses. Students or families facing a loss of income related to COVID-19, may be eligible to file a request for a Special Circumstances Review. Dependent Students can apply here. Independent Students can apply here. More resources can be found on the college's COVID-19 webpage. Scholarship money is also still available through LMC’s Foundation. To learn more about available scholarships visit the scholarships webpage.
No. In accordance with the guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education, dually enrolled high school students are not eligible for the CARES Grant.
No. In accordance with the guidance provided by the Department of Education, international students are not eligible for emergency funding through the CARES Act.
No. In accordance with the guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education, DACA students do not meet the eligibility requirements for the CARES Act.
I applied for FAFSA in the 2019-2020 school year, do I need to reapply for 2020-2021 school year to qualify for CARES Act funding?
No. The current year FAFSA is sufficient; however, if you are planning to enroll in future terms, filing the FAFSA for 2020-2021 is highly recommended.
All communication and notifications of CARES Grants will be presented on an LMC award notification and you will receive an email in your LMC email account regarding the status of your application.
Yes. If you are a currently enrolled student during the term of your application and have unforeseen emergency expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for additional funding.
Approved funding requests will be distributed through first your student account; the refunded through BankMobile in accordance with your refund preferences. If you have not signed up for BankMobile then you will receive a checked mailed to your permanent address.
As a Federal Work-Study (FWS) and Institutional Work-Study (IWS) student, can I continue to work while the College is closed for in-person classes?
Yes. If you have approved allocation for FWS or IWS, you may continue to work your scheduled hours. You should check in with your supervisors about your work schedule. The College has decided to handle the IWS program just as the Federal procedures that have been approved for the FWS program.
If you are not able to report to your normal work assignment location, Federal procedures allow the College to pay for your scheduled work that you could not complete. This Federal procedure also will be applied to LMC’s IWS program. Further updates will be provided to supervisors regarding the time reporting and pay procedures.
No. The student employment guidance only applies when you are unable to work because the College made the decision to close or to move to online/distance education classes. It does not apply to students who decide for themselves to leave campus and/or switch to online classes, or who may decide to withdraw from LMC.
The Federal procedure assumes that if you are able to work and are not being prevented from your normal work schedules due to lack of access to the campus, you should complete your previously scheduled work assignments.
Can I work all day, every day now that classes have moved online and I do not have a face-to-face class schedule anymore?
No. You should not work during scheduled class time. Some classes may require login at a specific time. Please be conscious of any online requirements pertaining to your classes.
I generally provide support for public College events or athletic events. If those events are canceled, will I still be paid?
Yes. If an event is canceled and you don’t have other work that would be a part of that work assignment, then those hours would be placed on the time sheet as if those hours were worked.
If I want to withdraw from the College and not continue my work or class schedule, how will that be handled?
The Registrar’s Office and One-Stop can assist you with the withdrawal process. Reach them by email or phone the office at (269) 927-8107.
Supervisors should also email the Financial Aid Office to notify the work-study coordinator of a termination of student work-study assignment.