Federal Student Emergency Fund

Massachusetts Maritime Academy has signed and returned a Certification Agreement with the Department of Education and has received $1,242,689 from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) as part of the Federal CARES Act.  One half of this emergency grant from the Federal Government is to provide assistance to students who have experienced unexpected financial hardship caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the need to move from an on campus classroom environment to an on-line learning environment.

This funding is not intended to replace or supplement existing financial aid, and is not intended to be used to pay your Academy bill. It is meant to assist with out-of-pocket expenses related to the move to on-line learning. Decisions regarding amount and disbursement of funds are made on a case-by-case basis. Awards are not considered loans and do not require repayment.

Expenses that you are unable to cover due to loss of employment/lack of employment will not be considered.

Funds are for currently enrolled students.  Students who just graduated are no longer eligible for the grant. All other classes must be registered for the fall, 2020 semester to qualify.

Potential Expenses Covered by the Emergency Grant

Examples of expenses considered for funding include but are not limited to:

  • Technology Needs, including need for subscription for internet access
  • Transportation/airline tickets/unreimbursed pre-purchased tickets
  • Tutoring
  • Course materials
  • Need to enroll in summer course due to withdrawal from spring course
  • Unexpected Housing/Food, including need to return to campus June, July or August to complete assessments and labs
  • Storage of personal items while off campus

Grant amounts will vary, depending upon each individual student's needs, as well as the number of requests that are received. Maximum grant amounts are not to exceed $6195, but most will be significantly less than this amount.

Examples of Expenses Not Covered by the Emergency Grant

  • Outstanding charges due to MMA for the spring semester
  • Expenses incurred due to lost wages
  • Parental loss of income due to layoff or furlough (we have a special appeal form for this)
  • 2020-2021 educational expenses

Eligibility Requirements

We have identified 1236 students who meet the eligibility criteria and sent each student an email on May 15, 2020 explaining the grant and directing them to this page for details.

To be eligible for consideration, a student must:

  • Have a financial hardship directly related to moving to an on-line learning format
  • Be currently enrolled and attending classes in a degree program at the Academy
  • Be eligible for Title IV financial aid
    • Filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA
    • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
    • Be registered with the Selective Service (if male, over 18 years of age)
    • Not be in default on any prior educational loans and not owe a refund on an overpayment of any federal grant
    • Have a high school diploma or GED
    • Meeting the standards of the MMA Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
    • Not have any convictions for the sale or possession of illegal drugs while receiving federal financial aid

How to Apply for Emergency Grant Students should send an email to ckedski@maritime.edu, outlining what their financial hardship(s) is as well as the dollar amount of each item listed. Funding will be given on a first come, first served basis. Students will be notified of a decision via their MMA email account on a rolling basis. MMA reserves the right to award block grants to students after considering all individual appeals received through early June. Students are encouraged to set up the eRefund information in the Student Finance section of the Self Service Portal to receive funds in the quickest way possible. Questions about this emergency grant can be directed to Ms. Kedski at 508-830-5042 or ckedski@maritime.edu.

Emergency Grants Given To Date:

May 13, 2020 45 $11,250
May 28, 2020 57 $85,200
July 10, 2020 136 $345,870
August 26, 2020    
GRAND TOTAL 238 $442,320