Financial aid resources are available for student who have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced on 02/26/21 a program to help those struggling to pay for internet amid the pandemic, stating that a household is eligible to receive the benefit if one member of the household received a federal Pell Grant during the current award year, among other possible criteria for eligibility. Under the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, eligible households can receive up to $50 per month to help pay for broadband internet service. The program has been authorized by the FCC, but the start date has not yet been established. The FCC is working to make the benefit available as quickly as possible. Please continue to check this page for program updates. Written or electronic confirmation from a student’s school that the individual is a Pell Grant recipient will serve as verification for the program, or a student’s financial aid award letter documenting the amount of their Pell Grant award received for the current year. A copy of a student’s paid invoice that shows the student’s receipt of a Pell Grant during the current award year or a copy of the student’s Student Aid Report will all serve as proper documentation, according to the notice from the FCC. Students may use this link to access a form to request proof of eligibility, or they can access their financial aid award or billing statement through their myMBU. Students can access their Student Aid Report by signing into their FAFSA.
The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) was expanded as part of the sweeping relief package to allow college students to more easily access the program, temporarily removing work and eligibility requirements for students — a change that will be in place for the duration of the public health emergency due to the coronavirus.
The United Way is maintaining a webpage specifically for those who are affected and need immediate help with finding food, paying bills, or other essential services.
You can find the foodbank nearest you on FeedingAmerica.org.
The federal government is keeping a list of unemployment benefits, healthcare benefits, small business loans, and other resources at https://www.benefits.gov/help/faq/Coronavirus-resources .
Students are always encouraged to seek out additional scholarship opportunities. We list outside scholarships here on our website.