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The staff at Kellogg Community College understand that issues related to COVID-19 have caused hardships on many students and their families. We want you to know that we will work with you to help you start or continue your attendance at KCC. If you are experiencing a hardship or changes in your finances, the first step is to review the information below, complete the required forms and contact us should you have questions.

Special Circumstances

If you have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2021-22 and you, your spouse or your parent(s) became unemployed or worked less due to COVID-19 or any other reason, you may complete one of the Special Circumstances forms linke below. Once complete, submit the form along with the required documentation to the Financial Aid Office.

There are other situations which may warrant a Special Circumstance and are listed on the form. Examples may be unusual medical expenses not covered by insurance, technology expenses which you were forced to pay when classes went remote, etc..

Please note: Students with an expected family contribution (EFC) of $0 should not report changes to income as this is the lowest EFC possible and will be considered for the maximum amount in federal grant funding. Households with higher EFCs will need to show a significant decrease to household income to lower their EFC to be equal to or less than $5,576 for a full-time student to receive federal grant funding.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

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. This change will be in place for the duration of the public health emergency due to the coronavirus.

The provision lifted certain exemptions to the federal criteria for students to be eligible for the program, making it possible for students with an EFC of $0 on their financial aid application, or those who are eligible for state or federal work-study, to enroll for SNAP under the temporarily expanded eligibility criteria. 

Students can apply for SNAP and other benefits through the State of Michigan on the MI Bridges website.

FCC Emergency Broadband Program

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a May 12, 2021, start date for its Emergency Broadband Benefit Program that aims to provide subsidies for students struggling to pay for internet amid the pandemic. The program will allow eligible households — which include those with a Pell Grant recipient or that have experienced significant income loss since February 2020 — to receive substantially subsidized broadband service ($50 monthly subsidy for most, $75 monthly subsidy for those on tribal lands) and devices ($100 one-time subsidy for a device). 

Additional Resources

View additional resources on our Emergency Resources page.