Announcing availability of CARES Act

Higher Education Emergency Funds

Processing Update: We have temporarily stopped accepting new CARES Act Applications due to funding limitations. Applications already submitted will be processed in the next week, including applications that were missing required information or additional documentation, such as the FAFSA. 

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).

Eligibility

All currently registered spring quarter Bellevue College students who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent, such as a GED, or have completed homeschool through the 12th grade.
  • 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 are not eligible to apply).
  • Must have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA if a continuing student.
  • Must have a 2019-20 or 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file.

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

  • The type of need indicated on the application form.
  • The number of credits students are currently registered for.
  • Students must set up their 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

Amounts vary, but the maximum amount a student may receive is $1500.

Process

Students can use the button below to access the Online Application . We expect to review applications within seven business days of submission, but processing may take longer due to the high volume of applications we’ve receieved. Additional information about how the college disburses the funds is emailed to students when they are notified that funding is approved.

The college has temporarily stopped accepting new CARES Act Applications due to funding limitations. Applications already submitted will be processed in the next week.

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 spring quarter Bellevue College students who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent, such as a GED, or have completed homeschool through the 12th grade.
  • 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 are not eligible to apply).
  • Must have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA if a continuing student.
  • Must have a 2019-20 or 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file.

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?

The amounts vary based on the number of credits a student is currently registered for and the way in which a student was affected by the campus closure. The maximum amount a student may receive is $1500.

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.

The college has temporarily stopped accepting CARES Act applications due to funding limitations. Applications already submitted will be processed in the next week.

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?

Currently the college is accepting applications for spring quarter only. Students may only apply once. If funds remain available for future quarters the college will reopen the application. Students may apply once per quarter.

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 May 27, 2020