NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will be distributing $1.9 million in federal funds to enrolled students at the college.
The funds are Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds that are part of the federal $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan passed in March.
MCLA students with the highest need demonstrated via FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, information will receive the majority of this funding, but all enrolled students will receive a check or the option to use the funds to pay off student debt or pay for future semesters of college.
One of the largest investments ever made in American higher education, the ARP allocates $40 billion to colleges in order to mitigate the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. A third round of pandemic relief for higher education institutions, the ARP funds are more than double the first two COVID recovery packages combined. HEERF funding, which exists under the umbrella of ARP, is meant specifically for students.
The first disbursement of funds will be to MCLA undergraduates and graduate students who are enrolled for summer classes as well as for the fall 2021 semester. The next disbursement will be to students enrolled for fall 2021. The remainder of this funding will be disbursed to enrolled students in spring 2022.
Bonnie Howland, MCLA's director of student financial services, said she has heard from many MCLA students who are helping support their families, who have lost jobs, or who lack internet access at home. This funding can help pay for expenses so that students can stay enrolled in college while they deal with other emergencies brought on by COVID-19.
"It's designed to help students stay in school throughout the pandemic," she said. "I think we're going to feel the effects of the pandemic for at least the next couple of years."
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- MCLA's Chloie Garber collected 14 kills and 16 digs to lead the Trailblazer volleyball team past visiting Mass. Maritime 3-0 in MASCAC action Saturday afternoon.
The Trailblazers picked up their first conference win (1-1) as they improved to 5-3 overall. MMA dips to 1-10 overall and 0-2 in the league.
The Trailblazers fell to Trinity (CT) in the nightcap 3-0.
Garber had a productive day with her 14 kills on 39 attacks aganst MMA. She was the only Trailblazers in double figures. Natasha Stewart added 35 assists to fuel the offense. Kelly Moczulski and Reagan Scattergood each ended with eight kills.
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