COVID Financial Assistance Reporting Information

College of the Mainland (COM) has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, not less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

CARES ACT Institutional Funds:

  • As of 9/1/20, $883,941 of the Institutional Funds have been expended.

CARES Act MSI Funds:

  • As of 8/14/20, COM Expended $64,657.07

CARES Act Institutional and MSI Funds Quarterly Report


Frequently Asked Questions

How much of COM’s CARES funding will be allocated as grants for student expenses?
The total amount of funds that COM will receive is $883,942 for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
When will funds be awarded?
Funds were awarded for the first time on May 15.
I have signed in but cannot apply. What should I do?
Questions should be directed by email to covidfunds@com.edu or by calling 409-933-8810.
Approximately how many students will be eligible for the CARES funding?
At COM, up to 2,404 students are the total estimated number of students who are eligible to participate.
How many students were awarded CARES funding?
  • As of the end of the second quarter ending December 31, 2020, $62,000 of CARES Act Student Aid was distributed to 91 College of the Mainland students.
  • As of the end of the first reporting quarter, September 30, 2020, $91,000 of CARES Act Student Aid was distributed to 133 College of the Mainland students.
  • Spring 2020: 622 students received CARES funding for a total of $432,900.
  • Summer 2020: 99 students have received CARES funding for a total of $67,550.
  • Fall 2020: 133 students have received CARES funding for a total of $91,200.
What criteria will be used to determine which students will receive funding and how much they will receive?

The methods used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive are:

Per the CARES Act, students must be eligible to receive Title IV funds to receive the grant. To be eligible for the Title IV funding and the HEERF grant, students must meet the following criteria as verified by the FAFSA and the COM Financial Aid Office:

  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree or certificate program.
  • Not be enrolled in secondary school.
  • Not owe an overpayment on Title IV grants or loans.
  • Not be in default on a Title IV loan.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident, or other eligible noncitizen.
  • Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations.
  • Filed a 2019 FAFSA application “as part of the original financial aid application process” a certification that includes:
    • A statement of education purpose
    • Student’s SSN.

The submitted applications will be reviewed by the CARES Act core review group who will ensure that the applications are complete and verify the following:

  • Student’s mailing address;
  • Student was enrolled on March 13. 2020;
  • Student’s are Title IV eligible, as required;
  • Student has not previously received HEERF funds for this emergency

Verified application applications will be forwarded to the CARES Act core team. Decisions will be made by the team and communicated to the students on an ongoing basis. The following criteria will be used to determine approval:

  1. Was the student’s application complete?
  2. Does the student have a FASFA on file?
  3. Did the student indicate his/her reason(s) for hardship as one or more of the following: food, housing, transportation, childcare, technology, healthcare, or course related materials?
  4. Was the student enrolled March 13, 2020?
  5. Has the student previously received HEERF grant funds for this emergency?

Individual grant awards will be given to approved students based on needs for the following:

  • Utilities
  • Housing
  • Medical/Dental
  • Transportation
  • Childcare
  • Food
  • Technology
  • Course Materials

Instructions, Directions, or Guidance Concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

The application for COVID Financial Assistance is now open.

To apply, visit www.com.edu/CARESapp

View frequently asked questions at www.com.edu/coronavirus/COVID-Aid.

College of the Mainland understands that many of our students are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we want you to know that we are here to help.

If you have been financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, enrolled, completed the 2019-2020 FAFSA, and eligible to participate in Title IV, please apply. For full eligibility requirements, visit www.com.edu/coronavirus/COVID-Aid. Students must have filed a 2019 FAFSA and be eligible, regardless of income, to receive emergency financial aid grants.

You are eligible to request assistance from the emergency grant funding by completing a simple online application.

Submission of an application does not guarantee emergency grant funds. Amounts will be determined by requests received and funds available.

To request emergency grant funds, please note the following:

Application for Summer Semester is now open and will close on August 4, 2020.
Completed applications should be submitted online at www.com.edu/caresapp.

You will need to sign in with your COM network login. Use your username, not your email address.

Please allow three to five business days after June 24, 2020 to learn the status of your application. If awarded, your refund will be processed and available to you based on your selected refund preference.

COVID-19 funds will be distributed from COM via BankMobile. As a COM student, you are required to make a refund selection with BankMobile. In the event that you qualify for COVID-19 funding, please ensure that you have made your selection with BankMobile. If you have not, please do so as soon as possible by visiting http://bankmobiledisbursements.com/refundchoices. If you have any trouble, please contact Robin Trochesset at rtrochesset@com.edu or Nikki Haduch at nhaduch@com.edu.

Again, please note submission of the application does not guarantee grant funds. Amounts will be determined by the number of requests received and the amount of funds available.

To view frequently asked questions, visit www.com.edu/coronavirus/COVID-Aid. If you have additional questions, email covidfunds@com.edu or call 409-933-8810 to leave a message. Please leave your name, student id, and the best number to call.

College of the Mainland wishes you and your family good health and safety during this challenging time.

Sincerely,
College of the Mainland



College of the Mainland CARES Act Funding under Section 18004(a)(1) and 18004(a)(2) Institutional and Minority Serving Institution Portions

Certification and Agreement for the Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Formula Grants Authorized by Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Agreement signed: 4/21/2020

Award Amount: $883,942.00

Current Expenditure Amount:

Date updated:

Use of Funds:
To provide funding to cover any costs associated with the significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus. Institutions may use the funds to defray institutional expenses under section 18004(a)(2) and section 18004(a)(3) may include lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology cost associated with the transition to distance education, faculty and staff training, and payroll. These funds must be used for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.

Certification and Agreement for an Award under Section 18004(a)(2) of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Minority Serving Institutions Portion

Agreement signed: 5/1/2020

Award Amount: $114,212.00

Current Expenditure Amount: $0.00 to be updated regularly

Date updated:

Use of Funds:
To address needs directly related to the coronavirus. The Recipient may use this award to defray expenses incurred by Recipient including lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with a transition to distance education, faculty, and staff trainings and payroll.

If a MSI (College of the Mainland), Recipient may use prior awards provided under Title III, V, and VI, to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.

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