Due to the high level of financial need of Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles (MSMU) students and a variety of different programs of study, we have elected to request that students submit an application (enclosed) for receipt of CARES Act funds.
Students were notified of the nature of the CARES Act funding and application process via email (enclosed) as well as Zoom presentations to the Traditional Undergraduate Student Government Association Meeting, an Associate Degree in Nursing Students Town Hall, and Weekend and Evening College student forum. All students, regardless of program, are eligible to apply for CARES Act funding (Associate’s Degree, Traditional Undergraduate, Weekend and Evening College, Graduate) if they meet these eligibility requirements:
- Have been enrolled at MSMU during the spring 2020 semester and incurred an expense related to the disruption of on-ground courses during the semester.
- Have been enrolled in a program with classes meeting in person at one of the two campuses (exclusively online students excluded) prior to March 13, 2020.
- Be a U.S. citizen who is receiving federal student aid or is eligible to receive federal student aid through submission of a FAFSA.
Any applicant deemed ineligible upon review by the Office of Financial Aid were notified of ineligibility and given the opportunity to appeal and notify MSMU of eligibility in writing.
In order to attempt to accommodate the largest amount of student applicants, a range of dollar awards based in part on EFC was established with a maximum CARES Act award of $3,000 per student. Two notifications of available funds were sent to students and due to the high volume of applications, the parameters of need and range of amount provided were revised at two points in the process to assist the most amount of students. All eligible students who submitted an application received some funds.
Students enrolled in programs which required early termination of classes and receipt of a grade of No Credit in the course for the Spring 2020 semester due solely to inability to access offsite locations for experiential learning credit (nursing or health care facilities for clinical rotations for Nursing programs, student teaching for Education teaching credential) were awarded the maximum amount of $3,000.
Funds were applied to the student account and students were issued the award through either the university e-refund system or check. Students were alerted that the application review process may take up to ten business days depending on volume and the average length of time from approval of funds to student receipt of funds is approximately five days.