As we welcome students back to campus this Fall, COVID-19 continues to cause disruptions to our daily lives and presents us with new operational challenges. These disruptions have not changed the love and concern the MC community feels for our students. For many students, the next steps in their lives are uncertain, but their desire to return to campus to continue their MC education has never been stronger.
In the spring of this year, we awarded approximately $1.2 million in student refunds for room and board and about $1 million to assist students with necessary expenses to cover housing, food, transportation, healthcare, technology needs, etc. Funding for these efforts came from our own Emergency Relief Fund and from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (CARES Act). COVID-19 has proven very expensive for MC and the uncertainties ahead are troubling. I write to you today and ask you to consider a gift to help MC continue our mission of educating students in an atmosphere of academic excellence and commitment to the cause of Christ.
How Can You Help?
The MCares Fund is a special gift fund created by Mississippi College to benefit students based on the unique needs created by COVID-19. The MCares Fund is exclusively to provide support to students for things such as housing, food, tuition, fees, and other essentials necessary for them to continue their education. We estimate that we will have student needs in excess of $100,000 this fall. You may give to this fund online using this link MCares. Gifts up to $300 will qualify for the new “universal deduction,” as explained below.
Special IRS Deduction to Help MC During the Pandemic – the “Universal Deduction”
The IRS created a one-year tax deduction up to $300 for donors who do not itemize their deductions. This special one-year measure called the “universal deduction” for non-itemizers will allow you to deduct up to $300 for gifts made by check, cash, or credit card. No special paperwork is required. MC will issue a regular gift-receipt for you when filing your 2020 taxes.
You can keep updated on our plans for the Fall semester by watching our website, www.mc.edu, and by following us on other social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). As you likely know, our current plans are to resume regular operations, with appropriate distancing and precautions, in the fall. In fact, we have actually had several hundred students taking classes on campus this summer with few issues so far. We feel it is vital to get back to the mission as soon as possible. We want to say a special thank you to our federal and state elected officials who have generously provided CARES Act funding to safeguard our campus and allow our campus to re-open.
Thank you for caring for Mississippi College and our students. We ask for your continued prayers for MC and our students, and thank you for the support you have provided through the years. Joshua 1:9 is a fitting close for this letter and this season: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”