CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act FAQ’s

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Big Bend Community College has emergency funding to support students with financial hardships. We want to support you with the resources and tools necessary to continue your educational journey.

This funding includes federal emergency financial aid grants funded through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES). This funding can help eligible BBCC students who have been impacted by COVID-19 to assist with expenses related to technology, course materials, or other needs related to an emergency.

If you are experiencing a financial hardship unrelated to COVID-19, you can still apply using the following application. BBCC also has emergency funding available to assist students who may not qualify for CARES/HEERF Funding.

Please use the application link below to apply for emergency funding if you are currently facing a financial hardship. This funding supports students with expenses including technology, course materials, and living expenses.

The link below will take you to a Google form. You do not need a Google email account to complete the form. You will need to provide your email address to log in. Please check your email after submitting the application as this will be the way we will communicate to you if additional information is required. Your award notification or your denial notification will also be communicated this way.

Currently, the timeline for the committee to review and award applications is 5-10 business days. If you have questions, please email CaresAct@bigbend.edu.

 

View our public disclosure information related to CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Funds (HEERF).


CARES Act Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the CARES Act?

The CARES Act is federal legislation which provides a variety of financial support to individuals and businesses affected by the pandemic. One part of this federal program allocates money to Big Bend Community College, and a portion of that allocation can be awarded to students who are experiencing financial expenses because of the campus disruption in operations due to the coronavirus. 

Who can apply for the funds?

All currently registered students for the relevant quarter who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen, or permanent resident.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to take on-ground classes, versus only taking classes online (students who live out of state and have a history of only taking online classes, or those in an online only program are not eligible to apply).
  • Must have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA if a continuing student, and be maintaining Satisfactory Academic progress based on financial aid standards if previously evaluated for federal or state financial aid funds.
  • Must have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent high school completion credential.
  • Must be in a program approved for federal Title IV aid.
  • Must have the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file, and demonstrate eligibility for federal Title IV aid based on the processing of the FAFSA by the federal processor. For summer and fall quarters, must have the 2020 – 21 FAFSA on file.

Other factors affecting eligibility and the amount awarded to summer quarter students include:

  • The number of registered credits at the time the award is made.
  • A student’s eligibility for Title IV aid (federal financial aid)

Funds are limited and the college does not guarantee that every student who is eligible will receive funding.

If I receive funds, what can I spend them on?

The college awards the funds based on students identifying the way in which they were affected by the campus closure. Once awarded, students may choose how they wish to spend the funds. The college will not tell students how to use the funds they receive.

How much can I apply for?

Students are eligible for a maximum of $750 in support each academic quarter, or $2000 in a calendar year. You must re-apply for funding each quarter. We have a limited amount granted to us, and we appreciate students only asking for the amount needed so we can serve as many students as possible.

How do I apply?

Please use the application link to apply for emergency funding if you are currently facing a
financial hardship. This funding supports students with expenses including technology, course materials,
and living expenses.

The link will take you to a Google form. You do not need a Google email account to complete the
form. You will need to provide your email address to log in. Please check your email after submitting the
application as this will be the way we will communicate to you if additional information is required. Your
award notification or your denial notification will also be communicated this way.

Currently, the timeline for the committee to review and award applications is 5-10 business days.

Do the funds need to be repaid?

No, money received through this fund does not need to be repaid.

Will this funding reduce my financial aid?

No, this fund does not negate nor replace financial aid, and it is a one-time grant.

Can I apply for funding more than once?

Yes, students can apply each quarter. Priority will be given to students asking for funding for the first time in quarters 2-4. The program is scheduled to run in Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Winter 2021.

Is there a deadline to apply?

Applications are taken throughout the quarter – there is no deadline to apply. Funds are distributed no sooner than the 10th day of the quarter.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have questions, or if you need assistance completing the application, please email CaresAct@bigbend.edu

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