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

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

BBCC has been allocated federal emergency funding to help students who face financial hardships related to COVID -19. The federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA); additionally, the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) is authorized by the American rescue Plan (ARP).  These funds can assist with the cost of attending or emergency costs that arise due to COVID-19 for ALL students registered. Such expenses include tuition and fees, course materials, technology, housing, childcare, transportation, medical and possibly other expenses due to COVID-19. All funding options are not reported to the IRS as income earned nor do they need to be repaid.

BBCC has additional emergency funding available to assist students who may not qualify for the funds described above or whose hardship may not be the result of COVID-19. More information about the Funding Sources is listed below.

Please complete and submit the Big Bend Financial Hardship Application below if you are facing financial hardships and need assistance. Currently, the timeline for the committee to review and award or deny applications is 5 – 10 business days. If you have questions, please email CaresAct@bigbend.edu.

FUNDING SOURCES

CRRSAA HEERF II & III FUNDS:

  • Enrolled in 1 credit or more for the current quarter
    • No requirement to be college level
    • Citizens and non-citizens of all statuses are eligible to apply
  • To be used for student’s expenses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
    • May be requested for previous quarters of enrollment as far back as March 13, 2020
  • Not to exceed $6,000 during an academic year (Summer – Spring)

BBCC FOUNDATION EMERGENCY FUNDS

  • Enrolled in 3 credits or more for the current quarter
  • To be used for students demonstrating financial hardship and need assistance with educational or living expenses
  • The Foundation emergency funds will be awarded after all other available funding sources have been considered or exhausted.

BBCC INSTITUTIONAL EMERGENCY FUNDS

  • Enrolled in 3 credits or more for the current quarter
  • Must be a Washington resident
  • Must have a FAFSA or WASFA submitted to BBCC for the quarter in which you are applying
  • Must demonstrate need based on the FAFSA/WASFA
  • To be used for students demonstrating financial hardship and need assistance with educational or living expenses

WASHINGTON STATE UNDOCUMENTED STUDENT RELIEF FUNDS (No Longer Available)

  • Enrolled in 1 credit or more for the current quarter
  • Must be a Washington resident
  • Must have a valid WASFA submitted (2020-21 and/or 2021-22) to BBCC for the quarter in which you are applying
  • Must be meeting BBCC’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy
  • Must demonstrate need based on the WASFA
  • To be used for student’s expenses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic

 

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 are eligible to apply

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 COVID-19 (or other extenuating circumstances if not HEERF funding). 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? (UPDATED)

Students are eligible for a maximum of $9,000 in support each academic year. 

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 the application. You will need to use your BBCC email account to complete the
form. 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?

Depends. If you are requesting assistance in paying for institutional costs, these funds may have an affect. If asking for expenses only, this funding will not negate, nor replace, financial aid.

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. The program is scheduled to run through the national emergency.

Is there a deadline to apply?

Applications are taken throughout the quarter – there is no deadline to apply. Funds requested for expenses are distributed following 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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