Announcing availability of CARES Act

Higher Education Emergency Funds

Fall Quarter 2020

Processing Update November 30:  We have completed processing all fall quarter applications and are in the process of sending notifications to those students processed last week. 

We are Sorry!

As of November 9, the fall quarter CARES Act Emergency Funds are exhausted. If additional funds become available, we will notify the campus community via email and canvas. Applications received prior to November 8 will continue to be processed for funds.

Bellevue College students with financial hardship related to the campus closing and moving all classes and services to an online system due to the COVID-19 health crisis may qualify for emergency funds from the federal CARES Act. Use this link to view public disclosure information related to CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Funds (HEERF), and the quarterly budget and expenditure report for the institutional portion of CARES Act funds. 

Eligibility

All currently registered fall quarter students 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 2020 – 21 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.

Students must set up their college Net ID and have a BC email account. Funds are limited and the college does not guarantee that every student who is eligible will receive funding.

Amount for Fall Quarter

  • Eligible students registered for 1 – 5 credits at the time the award is made receive $450.
  • Eligible students registered for 6 – 11 credits at the time the award is made receive $750.
  • Eligible students registered for 12 or more credits at the time the award is made receive $1000.

Process

Apply using the green button below. We process applications as quickly as possible, but processing may take longer than six weeks due to the number of applications we receive, and reductions in staffing due to mandatory furloughs and other staffing reductions related to COVID-19 issues. Additional information about how the college disburses the funds is emailed to students when they are notified that funding is approved.

We are Sorry!

As of November 9, the fall quarter CARES Act Emergency Funds are exhausted. If additional funds become available, we will notify the campus community via email and canvas. Applications received prior to November 8 will continue to be processed for funds.

CARES Act Questions and Answers

What is the CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Funds program?

Under the federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, the Higher Education Emergency Fund program provides funds to college students who experienced a financial hardship related to the campus closing and moving all classes and services to an online format. 

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 2020 -21 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. 

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 expect to receive for fall quarter?

  • Eligible students registered for 1 – 5 credits at the time the award is made receive $450.
  • Eligible students registered for 6 – 11 credits at the time the award is made receive $750.
  • Eligible students registered for 12 or more credits at the time the award is made receive $1000.

How do I apply?

First make sure you have a Net ID and have set up your BC email address. Your NET ID is required to access the application and the college responds to your application using your BC email address only. Additionally, all students must have the 2020 – 21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file to receive funds for summer and fall quarters. Complete the FAFSA online using this link.

As of November 9, the fall quarter CARES Act funds have been exhausted. If additional funds become available, we will reopen the application and notify the campus community via email and canvas.

Do the funds need to be repaid? 

No, this is not a loan. The funds are given to students in need, to use as they see fit.

Can this funding reduce my financial aid? 

No, these funds are exempt from the maximum financial aid amount students may receive.

Can I apply for funding more than once?

Students may apply once per quarter. However, the CARES Act funds awarded to the college will be exhausted after fall quarter 2020.

Is there a deadline to apply?

There is no deadline, however funds are limited. The sooner students apply the more likely they are to receive funds. The college removes access to the application once the funds are spent. 

Who can I contact for more information?

For questions about the CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Funds, please submit an Online Ticket Request for help and information. Submitting a ticket is easy, fast, and secure.

Last Updated November 30, 2020