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Dear MCAD Students, 

I hope this note finds you well. 

As MCAD is committed to supporting all of you during these unprecedented times we have received funds from the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) . This legislation established a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency financial aid grants to eligible* students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus, including eligible expenses related to a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

Please read the below carefully to see if you qualify for any of these funds and how to apply for them. 

Who is Eligible?

*HEERF emergency financial aid grants are available to students who are eligible to receive Title IV federal student aid and who have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

International students and students enrolled in online-only degree programs are not eligible for the HEERF emergency financial aid grant. However, international students and students enrolled in our online Master of Arts programs who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic may apply for assistance here  MCAD emergency financial assistance.

How do I receive my emergency financial aid grant?

Eligible students must first, complete a brief self-certification form, acknowledging that the funds will be used for expenses related to the cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health and/or child care, resulting from the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. 

Additionally, students who have not already enrolled in direct deposit through MAXPay must do so in order to receive the HEERF emergency financial aid grant.

To enroll in direct deposit:

  1. Login to your myMCAD student dashboard and click, Launch MAXPay. You will be redirected to your MAXPay account.
  2. From MAXPay, locate the box labeled, Sign up for direct deposit refunds! and click Sign up or, click your name in the upper left hand corner and scroll down to Direct deposit refunds and click Sign up.
  3. From the sidebar menu scroll through the Terms and Conditions and click I agree and Continue
  4. Select, New bank account information or choose an existing stored bank account from the dropdown menu. Your routing number and account number can easily be located from the bottom of a check or deposit slip (see below). Do not enter your bank/debit card number.

When will I receive my emergency financial aid grant?

Eligible students who have enrolled in direct deposit through MAXPay will receive a notification from Student Accounts once these funds are available for disbursement. 

Please direct questions to student_accounts@mcad.edu

All my best,

Sanjit