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Enterprise State Community College and Alabama Aviation College students will soon receive $571.25 in emergency financial aid grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.

The money is intended to help students with the costs of technology, course materials, health care, child care and other essential college needs.

“It’s important for students to get these funds because so many were impacted during this pandemic,” Enterprise State President Matt Rodgers said. “We will work as fast as possible to distribute these funds to our students to help them.”

Students will receive the funds by mail or direct deposit. To ensure that funds are correctly distributed, students are asked to log in to their myESCC account and verify that all mailing and banking information is up-to-date.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, signed into law in March, provides colleges and universities emergency funds to be used by the institutions and distributed to their students. The amount provided to each school is based on the number of students eligible for federal Pell Grants during the most recent academic year.

Division of funds

Enterprise State will receive $1.2 million. Half of that will be distributed to eligible students who were enrolled there or Alabama Aviation on March 16 and meet eligibility requirements.

According to federal regulations, an eligible student must have been enrolled in a degree or certificate program for the spring semester on March 16; was taking at least one traditional course that was transitioned online as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; and who is FAFSA-eligible as defined by the U.S. Department of Education. Dual-enrollment, transient and distance-learning students do not qualify.

The remainder of the $1.2 million will be used by the college to purchase technology needed for instructors and staff to continue to provide online instruction. Both colleges transitioned to online learning March 17.

“We are so appreciative to the legislators who approved this money,” Rodgers said. “These funds will go a long way to help our students.”

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