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Accounting and Finance Office

It is our mission to support Mount St. Mary's University by providing courteous, accurate, and professional accounting and financial services to students, employees, trustees and vendors.

Our services include:

  • Processing bills and incoming/outgoing payments (see more below).
  • Supporting students and families with billing and payment concerns.
  • Providing invoices and statements to our students.
  • Providing financial operations information to the community.
  • Processing payments to outside vendors and staff in an accurate and timely manner.

The Division of Business and Finance oversees the university offices of Accounting and Finance.

In accordance with FERPA, only students have initial access to their financial information. We strongly encourage students to grant parents or guardians access to their financial information so they can assist their student with billing and financial aid requirements.

Phone: 301-447-5353
Fax: 301-447-5867
Email Accounting & Finance >

Billing & Payment Options

The Mount is committed to containing costs and keeping tuition as low as possible, and have partnered with Higher One, Inc. to provide alternative payment options for our students and parents, including:

  • Secure ACH E-check payments
  • Secure Credit Card Payments
  • Cash, check or money orders

Our electronic processes are completely secure, meeting all federal regulations with PCI compliance and FDIC insured bank accounts.

First Step - Sign the Financial Responsibility Form

All students must review and accept the Acknowledgment of Financial Responsibility Form every academic year. This is renewed at the beginning of the first term you attend each academic year by logging in to MyMount and electronically signing the Form.

Get the Financial Responsibility Form (.pdf)

Electronic Check (e-check) Payments

Pay bills with an automatic e-check payment through CashNet, This secure automatic withdrawal from your bank account.is set up with your banking instructions and will automatically pull from your bank account without charging transaction fees.

Instructions for ACH (e-check) Tuition Payments Online

Students

  1. Sign into MyMount
  2. Select Account Balance tab
  3. Click Go to CASHNet

At this point you will be directed to the CASHNet website. You can choose to make a payment or assign a PIN for your parents/guardian, or whomever you wish to have access to make a payment on your tuition account. This will give parents/guardian access to make a tuition payment only, not access to your portal account. Just follow the instructions when prompted. Be sure to print a receipt for your records when the transaction has successfully been completed.

Parents

  1. Your student must first sign in to the Portal and complete steps 1–3 above in order for you to gain access and receive a Parent PIN.
  2. You will then receive an email message with password (case sensitive) and link to the CASHNet
  3. Login with assigned Parent PIN and password
  4. You will be prompted to create a new password
  5. Under “Your Account” click to make a payment
  6. Click on Balance
  7. Fill in payment amount and “Add to Shopping Cart”
  8. Checkout and follow instructions as prompted

already have parent password and PIN?

Visit CashNet to process payments to your student's account. Be sure to print a receipt for your records when the transaction has successfully been completed. We suggest that you save the link as a favorite and make note of your PIN and password for future reference.

Credit Card

For your convenience, you may make online payments using your Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express with your credit/debit card. Since we have outsourced this processing the service provider charges a convenience fee of 2.75%. Please know that Mount St. Mary's University does not receive any of these fees.

Make an Online Payment with a Credit Card >

Instructions for Credit Card Tuition Payments Online

Student

  1. Sign into MyMount
  2. Select Account Balance tab
  3. Click Go to CASHNet

At this point you will be directed to the CASHNet website. You can choose to make a payment or assign a PIN for your parents/guardian, or whomever you wish to have access to make a payment on your tuition account. This will give parents/guardian access to make a tuition payment only, not access to your portal account. Just follow the instructions when prompted. Be sure to print a receipt for your records when the transaction has successfully been completed.

Parents

  1. Student must sign in to the Portal and complete steps 1–3 above in order for you to gain access and receive a Parent PIN.
  2. Parent will receive an email message with password (case sensitive) and link to the CASHNet
  3. Login with assigned Parent PIN and password
  4. You will be prompted to create a new password
  5. Under “Your Account” click to make a payment
  6. Click on Balance
  7. Fill in payment amount and “Add to Shopping Cart”
  8. Checkout and follow instructions as prompted

Already have parent password and PIN?

Visit CashNet to process payments to your student's account.Be sure to print a receipt for your records when the transaction has successfully been completed. We suggest that you save the link as a favorite and make note of your PIN and password for future reference.

Cash, Check and Money Order

Cash, checks and money orders will be accepted in our office. Payments may also be mailed to:

Accounting & Finance Office
Mount St. Mary's University
16300 Old Emmitsburg Road
Emmitsburg, MD 21727

Phone: 301-447-5353
Fax: 301-447-5867
Email the Accounting and Finance Office >

Payment Plans

Payment Plans Available in MyMount

  1. Student must select a Payment Plan in MyMount > Account Balance
    • Payment Plans are offered to Emmitsburg Traditional Undergrad Students.
    • This needs to be done each semester (Fall and Spring).
    • Parent, guardian or student may do this.
  2. Payment Plan Terms
    • Fall monthly payments: July 15th – Nov 15th
    • Spring monthly payments: Dec 15th – April 15th
    • No sign-up fee.
    • Late fee at .5% at the end of each month on the unpaid balance.
    • We do expect the semester to be paid in full by the last payment date for each term.
    • If a student has a balance for the semester of $3000 or less they are allowed to register for the next semester with the expectation to pay that amount before the next term starts.
  3. If someone else is paying the bill, the student must grant them account access.
    • Use the FERPA Permissions form to grant account access.
    • After the FERPA form is submitted, the parent/guardian will receive an email from Information Technology Support Center (ITSC) containing login information for MyMount. This can take up to three days.
    • Once the parent/guardian has the login information, they will be able to see their student’s payment plan info, pay invoices, and view their 1098T.

Students can visit jenzabarhelp.msmary.edu for more information on how to navigate MyMount.

Accounting Forms

Enrolled Undergraduate Students

Adult Continuing Studies Student Receipt Request

Please process a request in writing only to acctsrec@msmary.edu or fax it to 301-447-5867. You may also mail your request to:

Mount St. Mary's University
Accounting & Finance Office
16300 Old Emmitsburg Road
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
Attn: Linda Northrup

Include the following in your request:

  • course name
  • course number
  • semester you last attended class
  • method you wish to receive receipt and contact information (fax, mail or email)

After submitting a complete request, your receipt will be sent to you in three business days.

CASHNet Frequently Asked Questions

What is the transaction fee and is it for all cards?

There is a 2.75% transaction fee with a card payment, and it applies to all credit and debit card payments regardless of card type.

Can I call with my credit card number to make a payment?

No, for security purposes credit card payments cannot be processed in the office ,or over the telephone.

Where do I make a credit card payment online?

Students must go through their MyMount account to ensure privacy and confidentiality.

Will I continue to receive a statement in the mail?

Yes, all statements will be mailed.

Is there a charge for an ACH (E-check) payment?

No, there are no transaction fees for ACH payments.

Can I mail a check?

Yes. Please make checks out to "Mount St. Mary's University" and send to:
Accounting & Finance Office
Mount St. Mary's University
16300 Old Emmitsburg Road
Emmitsburg, MD 21727

Will the statement tell me my payment amount?

Yes, once you have signed and returned the Payment Plan Agreement your statement will include your payment amount.

Has the payment plan date changed?

No, all payments are due on the 15th of each month.

Is there a fee to join CashNet?

There are no fees for CASHNet, they are simply a secure payment gateway.

Can one payment be made for multiple students?

No. Each student has their own account and therefore a payment must be made on each bill individually.

Can I save my credit card information with CashNet?

Yes. Credit card information can be saved in CashNet.

What credit cards will you accept?

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II)

As of July 9, 2021

Under section 314(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Mount St. Mary’s University (the Mount) was allocated $2,584,181 from HEERF II. At least $839,010 of the funds received under Section 314(a)(1) are to be used as supplemental aid for students. The Department of Education automatically awarded the supplemental funds to eligible institutions that previously received a section 18004 (a)(1) Student Aid Portion or Institutional Portion award under the CARES Act. Under Section 314 (c)(3) of the CRRSAA, the funds are to be provided to assist eligible students who incurred expenses related to their “cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.”

Eligibility Criteria

Mount St. Mary’s University determined eligibility as students who are eligible under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants. The criteria to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA include but are not limited to the following: U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen; a valid Social Security number; registration with Selective Service (if the student is male); and a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting. The Mount estimates 1,968 students meet this eligibility criteria.

Supplemental aid from HEERF II of $839,500 is anticipated to be distributed via check the week of April 19, 2021, unless the student has consented to apply those funds to their outstanding account balance.

Distribution

To be considered for the supplemental aid, eligible undergraduate students had to have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) which has been processed as of February 26, 2021 and enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours for the Spring 2021 semester, by February 12, 2021. To prioritize students with the most need, the Mount awarded undergraduate students who were eligible to receive Pell Grant funds $875. Eligible undergraduate students who did not receive a Pell Grant but had an expected family contribution (EFC) less than $50,000 on their FAFSA were awarded $500. Eligible adult accelerated undergraduate students who were eligible to receive Pell Grant funds were awarded $750. Eligible adult accelerated undergraduate students, who did not receive a Pell Grant with an EFC of less than $50,000 were awarded $375.

A total of 1,308 eligible undergraduate students have been awarded HEERF II supplemental student aid totaling $839,500. These funds were distributed between April 22, 2021, and April 27, 2021, via check unless the student has consented to apply those funds to their outstanding account balance.

All HEERF II supplemental student aid has been disbursed as of April 27, 2021. Please consider this our final report.

Do I need to complete a FAFSA to receive supplemental student aid from HEERF II?

Mount St. Mary’s University (the Mount) required a 2020-21 FAFSA to have been filed and processed as of February 26, 2021.

Are the supplemental student aid funds from HEERF II taxable?

Please contact your tax consultant regarding the taxability of the funds.

Do I have to repay the supplemental student aid from HEERF II that I will receive from the Mount?

No. The funds that will be provided by the HEERF II are grants, so they do not need to be repaid.

What can I spend the money on? Will I need to show receipts?

The money you will be receiving is yours. You do not need to show receipts. The funds will be provided to assist eligible students who incurred expenses related to their cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.

Why didn’t I receive supplemental student aid from HEERF II?

In order to receive funding under HEERF II you must:

  • Have filed a 2020-21 FAFSA which has been processed as of February 26, 2021.
  • Be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.*
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen with a valid Social Security Number.
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours in an undergraduate program for spring 2021 semester, by February 12, 2021, at the Mount.
  • Meet minimum satisfactory academic progress standards.
  • Have an expected family contribution of less than $50,000.
  • Not be in default on a Title IV loan.
  • Not have federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale.

*The Mount estimates 1,968 students are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive HEERF II Grants to students under section 314(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA).

I was enrolled exclusively in online classes. Do I qualify for supplemental student aid from HEERF II?

You are eligible for supplemental student aid from HEERF II if you were enrolled exclusively in an online program on February 12, 2021.

How do I get additional information on the eligibility and/or awarding of the supplemental student aid from HEERF II?

For questions on the eligibility and/or awarding of the supplemental student aid from HEERF II please email mountcovidaid@msmary.edu or call Renee Ginn at 301-447-5382.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III)

As of September 25, 2022

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) is authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2, signed into law on March 11, 2021, providing $39.6 billion in support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ARP funds are in addition to funds authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260 and the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136. Emergency funds available to institutions and their students under the three laws combined total $76.2 billion.

Under section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP, Mount St. Mary’s University (the Mount) was allocated $4,565,078. At least $2,286,966 of the funds are to be used as supplemental aid for students. The Department of Education automatically awarded the emergency supplemental funds to eligible institutions that previously received a section 18004 (a)(1) Student Aid Portion or Institutional Portion award under the CARES Act. Under Section 2003 (a)(1) of the ARP, the funds are to be provided to assist eligible students “for any component of their cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or childcare. Students determine how they may use their emergency financial aid grant within the allowable uses.”

Eligibility Criteria

All students who are or were enrolled in an institution of higher education during the COVID-19 national emergency are eligible for emergency financial aid grants from the HEERF. As under the CRRSAA, institutions are directed with the ARP funds to prioritize students with exceptional need.

Phase 1 Distribution

To be considered for the phase I supplemental aid and prioritize students with the most need, the Mount determined eligibility as:

  • Returning undergraduate student;
  • Enrolled full time for the Fall 2021 semester by August 18, 2021;
  • Filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) that has been processed as of August 18, 2021;
  • Not suspended from financial aid; and
  • Eligible to receive a Pell Grant.

A total of 315 eligible undergraduate students have been awarded $100 of the HEERF III phase I supplemental student aid, totaling $31,500. These funds were distributed via check the week of August 30, 2021.

Phase 2 Distribution

To be considered for the phase II supplemental aid and to prioritize students with the most need, the Mount determined eligibility as a student enrolled as of September 17, 2021.

Additional criteria was defined to allocate the award amounts, prioritizing students with the most need based on the filed 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) as of September 17, 2021.

Students who have enrolled as of September 17, 2021 for the semester with either 6 or more credits in a traditional undergraduate program or 4 or more credits in an accelerated undergraduate or graduate program received:

  • $1,400 based on FAFSA indicating that the student is Pell Grant eligible.
  • For non-Pell Grant eligible students:
    • $1,000 based on FAFSA indicating that the student has an expected family contribution of less than $30,000.
    • $700 based on FAFSA indicating that the student has an expected family contribution between $30,000 and $50,000.
    • $100 based on FAFSA indicating that the student has an expected family contribution greater than $50,000 or there was no reported expected family contribution.

Students who have enrolled as of September 17, 2021 for the semester with less than 6 credits in a traditional undergraduate program or less than 4 credits in an accelerated ungraduated or graduate program received:

  • $750 based on FAFSA indicating that the student is Pell Grant eligible.
  • For non-Pell Grant eligible students:
    • $300 based on FAFSA indicating that the student has an expected family contribution of less than $30,000.
    • $200 based on FAFSA indicating that the student has an expected family contribution between $30,000 and $50,000.
    • $100 based on FAFSA indicating that the student has an expected family contribution greater than $50,000 or there was no reported expected family contribution.

Amount awarded in Phase II Distribution were reduced by the amount the student received in Phase I Distribution.

A total of 2,538 eligible students have been awarded HEERF III phase II supplemental student aid, totaling $1,703,050. These funds will be distributed via check the week of October 18, 2021, unless the students have consented to apply those funds to their outstanding account balance.

Phase 3 Distribution

To be considered for the phase III Professional Judgement Student Aid Grant to prioritize students with the most need, the Mount determined eligibility as a student enrolled as of January 15, 2022.

Additional criteria were defined to allocate the award amounts, prioritizing students with the most need based on the filed 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) as of November 1, 2021. Students also submitted the COVID Professional Judgement form with documentation of financial impacts and demonstrated through documentation and verification of income that they experienced significant financial hardship and a decrease in expected family contribution as a result of Covid-19.

Students who have enrolled as of January 15, 2022, and met the afore mentioned criteria received:

  • $1,500 based on FAFSA indicating that the student is Pell Grant eligible, and that the student has an expected family contribution of less than 5,000.
  • $1,000 based on FAFSA indicating that the student is Pell Grant eligible, and that the student has an expected family contribution of between 5,001 and 25,000.
  • $500 based pm FAFSA indicating that the student is Pell Grant eligible, and that the student has an expected family contribution of between 25,001 and 50,000.

A total of 25 eligible students have been awarded HEERF III phase III Professional Judgement supplemental student aid, totaling $31,000. These funds will be distributed via check the week of April 11, 2022, unless the students have consented to apply those funds to their outstanding account balance.

Phase 4 Distribution

To be considered for the phase IV Supplemental Student Aid to prioritize students with the most need, the Mount determined eligibility as a student enrolled as of September 23, 2022.

Additional criteria were defined to allocate the award amounts, prioritizing students with the most need based on the filed 2022-23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) as of September 23, 2022.

  • Students who have enrolled as of September 23, 2022, and have 12 or more credits
  • Enrolled as a traditional undergraduate at the Emmitsburg Campus
  • Pell Grant eligible and received disbursement on or before September 23, 2022

A total of 472 eligible students have been awarded HEERF III phase IV supplemental student aid, totaling $521,418.40. These funds will be distributed via check the week of September 25, 2022, unless the students have consented to apply those funds to their outstanding account balance.

Do I need to complete a FAFSA to receive phase IV supplemental student aid from HEERF III?

Yes. Mount St. Mary’s University (the Mount) required a 2022-23 FAFSA to have been filed and processed as of September 23, 2022.

Are the supplemental student aid funds from HEERF III taxable?

No. Emergency financial aid grants made by a federal agency, State, Indian tribe, higher education institution or scholarship-granting organization (including a tribal organization) to a student because of an event related to the COVID-19 national emergency are not included in the student's gross income. For more information, please see the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) bulletin Emergency aid granted to students due to COVID is not taxable (March 30, 2021).

Do I have to repay the supplemental student aid from HEERF III that I will receive from the Mount?

No. The funds that will be provided by the HEERF III are grants, so they do not need to be repaid.

What can I spend the money on? Will I need to show receipts?

They money you will be receiving is yours. You do not need to show receipts. The funds will be provided to assist eligible students who incurred expenses related to their cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or childcare.

Why didn’t I receive phase IV supplemental student aid from HEERF III?

In order to receive funding under phase IV of HEERF III you must be a traditional undergraduate student enrolled at the Emmitsburg campus as of September 23, 2022, filed a FAFSA by September 23, 2022, and was Pell Grant eligible and received a disbursement on or before September 23, 2022.

I was enrolled exclusively in online classes. Do I qualify for phase IV supplemental student aid from HEERF III?

You are eligible for phase IV supplemental student aid from HEERF III if you were enrolled full-time as a traditional undergraduate student at the Emmitsburg campus exclusively in an online program on September 23, 2022, and met all of the other qualifications for funding.

Will there be additional supplemental student aid from HEERF III?

No. The Mount has disbursed all HEERF III student aid funds.

How do I get additional information on the eligibility and/or awarding of the supplemental student aid from HEERF III?

For questions on eligibility for and/or awarding of the supplemental student aid from HEERF III, please email mountcovidaid@msmary.edu or call Renee Ginn at 301-447-5382.

CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants for Students

As of October 9, 2020

Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Mount St. Mary’s University (the Mount) was allocated $1,678,020. At least 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) were to be used as emergency aid for students. Upon submission of the Funding and Certification and Agreement, signed on April 21, 2020, the CARES Act provided the Mount with $839,010 in funds to be distributed to students as Emergency Financial Aid Grants. The funds were provided to assist eligible students who incurred “expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child-care expenses.” The October 9, 2020 report below is also provided as a PDF file as are the September 10, 2020 report, July 6, 2020, report  and May 22, 2020 report. In addition, Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting, dated October 29, 2020, is provided as a PDF file.

Eligibility criteria

Only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants. The criteria to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA include but are not limited to the following: U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen; a valid Social Security number; registration with Selective Service (if the student is male); and a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting. The Mount estimates 1,462 students meet this eligibility criteria.

Distribution process

In order to distribute funds to students with the highest need as quickly as possible, the Mount awarded CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants in two phases. Emergency Financial Aid Grants awarded in Phase 1 of $433,565 were mailed to students on or before Friday, May 22, 2020. Emergency Financial Aid Grants awarded in Phase 2 of $405,680 were distributed via check on September 10, 2020.

Phase 1 Distribution

To be considered for an award, eligible students had to have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) and enrolled in classes for the spring 2020 semester.

Additionally, the student must have been enrolled in classes that did not take place exclusively online prior to March 13, 2020 and meet other defined criteria. To prioritize students with the most need, the Mount awarded undergraduate Pell Grant recipients $600. Undergraduate students who did not receive a Pell Grant but had an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) less than $50,000 on their FAFSA were awarded $245. Adult accelerated undergraduate Pell Grant recipients were awarded $150 and adult accelerated undergraduate students enrolled in at least 6 credit hours who did not receive a Pell Grant with an EFC of less than $10,000 were awarded $50.

Additionally, eligible students who submitted an Application for Assistance online on or before April 30 were awarded $150 in additional funding. One eligible student who submitted an Application for Assistance was deemed to be of extreme high need and received an award of $3,200.

A total of 1,192 eligible students have been awarded CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants totaling $433,565 in the phase 1 distribution.

Phase 2 Distribution

To be considered for an award for the Phase 2 distribution, eligible students had to have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) for 2019-2020 no later than June 30, 2020 and enrolled in classes for the spring and fall 2020 semesters as of August 26, 2020. Additionally, the student must have been enrolled in classes that did not take place exclusively online prior to March 13, 2020 and meet other defined criteria. To prioritize students with the most need, the Mount awarded undergraduate Pell Grant recipients $780. Undergraduate students who did not receive a Pell Grant but had an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) less than $50,000 on their FAFSA were awarded $275. Adult accelerated undergraduate Pell Grant recipients were awarded $150 and adult accelerated undergraduate students, enrolled in at least six credit hours, who did not receive a Pell Grant with an EFC of less than $10,000 were awarded $75.

Additionally, eligible residential students who were requested to reside in a local hotel were awarded $475 or $100 depending on the duration of their stay as additional funding.

A total of 902 eligible students have been awarded CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants, totaling $405,680 in the phase 2 distribution.

All CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grant for students has been disbursed as of September 10, 2020. Please consider this our final report.

Do I need to complete a FAFSA to receive CARES Act Funds?

Mount St. Mary’s University used the FAFSA to determine Title IV eligibility. The FAFSA must have been processed no later than June 30, 2020, to be considered for phase 2 funding.

Are the funds I receive from the CARES Act taxable?

According the IRS website, “Emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act for unexpected expenses, unmet financial need, or expenses related to the disruption of campus operations on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as unexpected expenses for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, or childcare, are qualified disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code. This grant is not includible in your gross income.”

Do I have to repay the emergency financial aid grant I received from my university through the CARES Act?

No. The funds provided by the CARES Act are grants, so they do not need to be repaid.

What can I spend the money on? Will I need to show receipts?

They money you have received is yours. You do not need to show receipts. The funds were provided to assist eligible students who incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

Why didn’t I receive a Phase 1 CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grant?

In order to receive funding under Phase 1, you must:

  • Have submitted a complete 2019-20 FAFSA.
  • Be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.*
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen with a valid Social Security Number.
  • Be an undergraduate, enrolled at the Mount during Spring 2020 at the time of the campus disruption due to coronavirus.
  • Meet minimum satisfactory academic progress standards.
  • Have an EFC less than $50,000.
  • Not be in default on a Title IV loan.
  • Not have federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale.

*The Mount estimates 1,462 students are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

Why didn’t I receive a Phase 2 CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grant?

In order to receive funding under Phase 2, you must:

  • Be determined to be Title IV eligible by submitting a complete a complete 2019-20 FAFSA by June 30, 2020.
  • Be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen with a valid Social Security Number.
  • Be an undergraduate, enrolled at the Mount during Spring 2020 at the time of the campus disruption due to coronavirus and the Fall 2020 as of August 26, 2020.
  • Meet minimum satisfactory academic progress standards.
  • Have an EFC less than $50,000 or a residential student requested by the University to reside in a local hotel.
  • Not be in default on a Title IV loan.
  • Not have federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale.

I was enrolled exclusively in online classes prior to March 13, 2020. Do I qualify for CARES Act funds?

You are not eligible for CARES Act funds if you were enrolled exclusively in an online program on March 13, 2020.

How do I get additional information on the eligibility and/or awarding of the CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants for Students?

For questions on the eligibility and/or awarding of the CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants for Students please email mountcovidaid@msmary.edu or call Renee Ginn at 301-447-5382.