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The Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act

Emergency Funding for College Students

Blue Ridge CTC acknowledges that the college has signed and returned the certification agreement form and intends to use at least 50% of the funds in the form of emergency financial aid grants to students.

The total amount of funds that the institution will receive, or has received under the HEERF student portion is $592,798. As of May 22, 2020, Blue Ridge CTC has distributed $393,500 to students.

Blue Ridge CTC estimates that 1,477 students could be eligible for emergency financial aid grants.  As of May 22, 2020, 448 students have received funds from the emergency financial aid grant.

Blue Ridge CTC first awarded emergency grants to students who experienced the greatest disruption to their on-campus courses.  The students enrolled in deferred courses were awarded funds based on the enrollment level.  All students were then invited to apply for the emergency financial aid grants by submitting an online application.

Blue Ridge CTC used the remaining student portion of the HEERF funds to award $199,206 to all-degree seeking students that were enrolled for the summer 2020 term.  All summer 2020 classes have been moved to an online format.  With the ongoing pandemic, the BRCTC campus has remained closed to the public, public libraries have remained closed, and previous free resources for internet have now expired.  With that in mind, Blue Ridge CTC opted to award the remaining amount of CARES funds to all of our degree-seeking students; 434 students were eligible for this funding.

Blue Ridge CTC has maintained this webpage, dedicated to FAQs and guidance provided by the Department of Education to address the emergency financial aid grants.  All applicants received an email addressing the timeframe and what to expect.  Blue Ridge CTC has also provided community resource and job information to all applicants.

Reporting

HEERF Budget and Expenditure Reporting for Quarter Ending 9.30.2020


What is the CARES Act?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020.  The CARES Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) that provides more than $14 billion in emergency funding to students enrolled in Colleges and Universities across the United States.

How does it assist students at Blue Ridge CTC?

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College received funding from the CARES Act to be distributed directly to students in the form of emergency financial aid grants. This money is for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis. Students do NOT pay the funding back.

Who is eligible?

Any degree-seeking student who has completed the 2019-2020 FAFSA may be eligible for this special emergency grant aid. Students must be enrolled for the Spring 2020 semester to receive funding.

Can I request funding?

Yes, all degree-seeking students who have incurred additional expenses due to the campus disruption can complete the online emergency funding application below. Students must be enrolled for the Spring 2020 semester to receive funding.

What is required to receive the funding?

Students MUST complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA and also complete the online emergency funding application below.  The Financial Aid Office reviews all applicants, awarding funding to students on a first-come-first serve basis. Students must be enrolled for the Spring 2020 semester to receive funding.

How much will I receive?

Students receive funding based on their level of enrollment as of April 14, 2020. Students must be enrolled in at least 3 credit hours. Funding awards vary from $250-$1000.

When will I receive funding?

Blue Ridge CTC began distributing checks on May 6, 2020 and continues to process additional funding on a weekly basis. Students should allow up to two weeks to receive their checks via the U.S. Postal Service.

How will I receive the money?

Paper checks are mailed via the U.S. Postal Service to the address on file at the College.

How do I verify I am receiving a check? 

Please check your BRIDGE ACCOUNT to verify that you are scheduled to receive a CARES Act funding check. There will be a line item on your account stating CARES Act Funds with an amount.

What if I want to verify/update my address on file?

Students can log into BRIDGE and review or update the address on file. This must be completed by May 5, 2020 to ensure the check will be mailed to the new address.

What if I have questions?

Should you have questions, you can email: cares@blueridgectc.edu

CARES Act Emergency awards may be taxable. Blue Ridge CTC cannot advise on tax implications. All award information subject to change based on federal guidelines.

IRS Guidance on CARES Act and Taxable Income


 

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