CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund
The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund-IHE/Student Aid provides funding to institutions to provide emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted, many of whom are facing financial challenges and struggling to make ends meet.
Request CARES Act Funds Assitance
Students, the Emergency Fund is available to help you pay for educational expenses due to disruption of on campus instruction due to COVID-19. You can request reimbursement for purchases of educationally related materials. These include items such as: technology purchases necessary to participate in online courses, purchases of books or materials that students were previously accessing on campus, refunds of travel expenses for programs that are no longer available, and unexpected childcare costs.
Bunker Hill Community College's Implementation of CARES Act Funds
- BHCC signed and returned the Certification and Agreement on April 10, 2020.
- The total amount of funds provided to student is $4.1 million
- As of May 12, we have disbursed $2,301,075 in block grants to eligible students and $56,392 in emergency funds via application
- We have currently identified 5,830 that are eligible to received funding under the CARES Act.
- As of May 12, 2020, 5,830 have received funding through CARES Act programs.
- In order to be eligible, a student must have a valid 2019-2020 FAFSA on file and all paperwork (with the exception of tax forms or a verification worksheet) complete. The student must have been enrolled in at least one on campus course during the Spring semester and be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements or have an approved appeal on file for 2019-2020.
For Block Grants:
All students received a base award of $235. This amount was calculated based on the average expense of having high speed internet connection in the home in the Greater Boston area over the 3 months of semester impacted by Covid-19. The base amount was increased by $10 per enrolled credit as a refund of the technology fee which makes up a portion of the normal fees charged to students, as there was a disruption of access to on campus technology. Student registered for 6-11 credits received an additional $50 and students registered for 12 credits or more received an additional $100 to cover incidental charges, such as cellphone data charges and small software (applications, antivirus software, etc...) to make personal technology more usable and unexpected travel charges due to on campus disruption. Students reported as having received services through Single Stop received an additional $50 due to temporary disruption in services.
For Emergency Fund Applications:
Student award amounts are based on student requests via their application. Students submitting requests for significant amounts may be asked to document their expenses. Students submitting requests that include funds for lost wages, heating or electric bills, rent, or other items not related to the disruption of on campus study may have their amount reduced or denied, as these expenses were not impacted by the switch to online study. Students that do not meet the Title IV eligibility requirements cannot be approved for funding.
- The Emergency Fund is to help students pay for educational expenses due to disruption of on campus instruction due to COVID-19. The Emergency Fund Application is online at https://bunkerhillcc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a8Ivtk1rWF2sZZb Students will need to provide their BHCC ID number, name, and dollar amounts for reimbursement for purchases of educationally related materials. These include items such as: technology purchases necessary to participate in online courses, purchases of books or materials that students were previously accessing on campus, refunds of travel expenses for programs that are no longer available, and unexpected childcare costs for students that report having dependents on their FAFSA. Some students may be asked for documentation based on their requests.