The federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act has given BRTC a portion of the CARES Act Emergency Relief Fund totaling $1,643,629. The U.S. Government mandates that at least 50% of the money, $821,815, is given to students for emergency financial aid grants.
What CARES Act Money Will Pay For
CARES Act money is intended to help with students with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as
- course materials,
- health care, and
- child care.
BRTC was required to sign a certification agreement form with the U.S. Department of Education acknowledging the above statements.
How Students Were Contacted
As of May 5, BRTC notified approximately 700 students via their BRTC student email that they potentially met qualifying criteria for the funds based on enrollment for Spring 2020. Those students were directed to complete an online form to request funds and indicate a COVID-19-related circumstance to receive the grant.
Who Has Received the Money
CARES Act funds have now been disbursed to 204 eligible students who requested funds via the request form by the May 12 deadline, which was in their email. The awarded students should see CARES Emergency Grant Relief Funds credited on their student account.
An email notification was also sent on May 12 to awardees indicating a check would be mailed within 7-10 business days. Award amounts were credited to the Spring 2020 semester in the following amounts:
- Full-time — $510
- Part-time — $255
At this time, $97,155 has been disbursed to BRTC students. More will follow for Summer and Fall. Information for how to request funds for additional terms will be issued at later date.
General CARES Act Information – Updates
Funds will be disbursed based on qualifying criteria that equates with the same general eligibility requirements needed when submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). However, know that a processed 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 FAFSA was and is not necessary to be eligible.
Requirements to Receive CARES Act Funding
If you received an email in early May with the access link to the CARES funds for Spring 2020 and have not submitted it yet, you may still do so through June 1, 2020.
A new notification will be sent to eligible students at a later time with instructions for how to request the emergency grant for Summer or Fall 2020 semesters.
CARES relief funds are not financial aid and acceptance of other federal, state, or institutional funds is not required in order to receive CARES relief funds. However, to receive the funds, you must meet all Federal Title IV Student Financial Aid criteria, as determined through the FAFSA:
- Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree or certificate program.
- Not be enrolled in elementary or secondary school.
- For currently enrolled students, be making satisfactory academic progress.
- Not owe an overpayment on Title IV grants or loans.
- Not be in default on a Title IV loan.
- Be a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident, or other eligible noncitizen.
- Have returned fraudulently obtained Title IV funds if convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to charges.
- Not have fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits.
- Have repaid Title IV loan amounts in excess of annual or aggregate limits if obtained inadvertently.
- Have Selective Service registration verified.
- Have Social Security number verified.
- Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations.