USMMA Issues Coronavirus Update #12 - Financial Aid
KINGS POINT, N.Y. (April 10, 2020) – Dr. John Ballard, Academic Dean and Provost at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, issued guidance concerning the availability of student financial aid in a notice to Midshipmen this week.
“During this difficult time in our nation’s history, many individuals and families are undergoing unexpected financial hardship due to changes in employment status and income,” said Ballard in the notice. “If you are experiencing any such hardships that make it difficult for you to continue your studies at USMMA, the Office of Financial Aid wants you to know that there are federal student aid programs available that might help you stay on course with your academic program.”
The memo went on to describe that a recent change in income could impact eligibility for student aid, “even if you have never filed or qualified in the past.”
“Midshipmen who are incurring expenses related to online learning at home may also apply for financial aid to cover these costs,” said Ballard, again directing interested Midshipman to the Academy’s Office of Financial Aid.
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, located in Kings Point, N.Y, educates and graduates leaders of exemplary character who are inspired to serve the national security, marine transportation, and economic needs of the United States as licensed Merchant Marine Officers and commissioned officers in the Armed Forces. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Academy, which was established under the Merchant Marine Act of 1936, as the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1943. It is administered by the Maritime Administration under the auspices of the Department of Transportation.
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