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Bladen Community College / CARES Act Funding for Student Aid

Federal Emergency grant funds are now available for Bladen Community College (BCC) students who meet eligibility requirements and may have experienced certain financial hardships due to the COVID-19 disruption. These funds are established through a provision in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act known as the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). An additional application will not be required and HEERF checks will be mailed to students who meet eligibility criteria:

Eligibility

  • Have a completed 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file at BCC.
  • Approved to receive federal financial aid (also known as Title IV funds).
  • Participated in a program of study approved for Title IV financial aid funding during the 2020 Spring Semester.
  • Enrolled in at least one class as of March 13, 2020 (full term or second eight weeks) that transitioned from face-to-face to an online class. Relief fund amounts disbursed to students are based upon “impacted credit hours”.

Student Aid Payment Formula

Impacted Credit Hours Student Aid Payment
1 – 5 $                     570.00
6 – 8 $                  1,070.00
9 – 11 $                  1,570.00
12 + $                  2,070.00

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are Title IV funds?
Title IV funds include anything that is administered through the Federal Student Aid program. Examples of Title IV aid include federal Pell and SEOG grants, subsidized and unsubsidized student loans, federal work-study and parent PLUS loans.

There are several criteria that are used to determine if a student is eligible for Title IV funds. More information about these financial aid eligibility requirements can be found here: https://www.bladencc.edu/financial-aid/.

  • Students who are not declared in an eligible Program of Study at BCC.
  • International students and/or those students who cannot provide documentation of U.S. citizenship.
  • Students enrolled exclusively in online courses for the 2020 Spring Semester.
  • Students concurrently enrolled in high school while attending BCC.
  • Students enrolled in only non-credit courses.
  • Students who are currently on financial aid suspension.

What is the definition of an “impacted credit hour” referenced in the CARES Act Student Aid Formula for BCC?
Each BCC class has a specific number of credit hours assigned to it. An “impacted credit hour” is any credit hour (in the form of classes) taken by an eligible student during the 2020 Spring Semester that meets at least one of the following criteria:

  • The credit hours assigned to any face-to-face class moved to an online class, ONLY IF the student is enrolled in the class as of March 13, 2020.
  • The credit hours assigned to any face-to-face second eight (8) week class moved to an online class, ONLY IF the student was enrolled in the second eight (8) week class on or before March 13, 2020 (and did not drop prior to the course begin date). All second eight (8) week classes began on March 23, 2020 due to the extended spring break.

Are students eligible for CARES Act grants if they were registered for a second eight (8) week face-to-face class that was transitioned to an online class?
Yes, only if the student was enrolled (registered) for the second eight (8) week face-to-face class on or before March 13, 2020 (and did not drop prior to the course begin date). All second eight (8) week classes began on March 23, 2020. The classes originally scheduled as face-to-face classes were either cancelled or transitioned to an online class format.

Are students eligible for CARES Act grants if they are on financial aid suspension?
No. The Department of Education has stated that students receiving CARES Act grants must be eligible to receive Title IV aid. Students on financial aid suspension do not meet this eligibility requirement. 

If a student owes tuition or other expenses, will the CARES Act grants be applied to their balance due to the College?
No. The Department of Education has clearly stated that all CARES Act grants must be delivered directly to students. The College is unable to apply any of these funds toward a student’s outstanding balance. Students will not have the option to request that BCC apply their CARES Act grant toward their balance due before disbursing any remainder.

What should students do if they have questions about their Title IV eligibility or whether they are eligible for a CARES Act grant?
Contact Information
Lenore Lacy, Administrative Assistant – llacy@bladencc.edu
Faye Turner, Financial Aid Specialist – fturner@bladencc.edu

Where can students go to learn more about CARES Act funding for North Carolina Community Colleges?
Additional information about the CARES Act funding allocated to North Carolina Community Colleges can be found at https://www.ednc.org/what-we-know-and-dont-know-about-cares-act-funding-for-community-colleges/