Information about CARES Act Funding at Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement related to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to the U.S. Department of Education.  

The college will receive a total of $4.6 million. Bristol is thrilled that $2.3 million will go directly to the college’s students whose lives have been disrupted, many of whom are facing financial challenges and are struggling to make ends meet. Bristol Community College received and is distributing the CARES Act allocation earmarked for students who have experienced hardship during the coronavirus pandemic.  

Per HEERF requirements, Bristol Community College would like to share institutional CARES act expenses to date: Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting

The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of January 6, 2021, is $2,343,251.00 for 3,426 students.

We are closely following the United States Department of Education’s (DOE) guidance on how to distribute these funds and have established criteria that will enable approximately 4,700 eligible students to receive support. The DOE guidance states that these funds are to be used for providing emergency financial aid grants to students, for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child-care expenses. 

Within the Bristol community, students will receive varying amounts of assistance. Grants are based on a student’s financial need, Title IV eligibility and course credits enrolled in the Spring or Fall 2020 semester. Based on the guidance provided by the DOE, international students, students not Title IV eligible and students who were taking courses one hundred percent online prior to the pandemic were not eligible per federal guidelines. The College awarded students enrolled in the spring, the higher of 25% of spring Pell award, $25 per credit or $250. Because of the COVID 19 restrictions, the federal guidelines have changed slightly. The college may provide funding to students who are 100% online if they meet the other existing criteria as students enrolled in the Fall 2020 semester. The amounts awarded to Fall 2020 semester students will be based on the number of eligible students confirming their impact to the virus.

Students should check their Bristol email account frequently for communication regarding their eligibility. Students will need to respond to the email to acknowledge that they meet the requirements to receive funding. For students who have not completed a 2020-2021 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), there will be additional questions to verify their eligibility.

We believe that this is an equity-based distribution model that reflects our mission to assist our students yet acknowledges that we must consider individual financial needs. If a student does not receive an email in the coming weeks but needs assistance, they can contact the college to learn about additional opportunities for financial assistance.

For questions about the CARES Act please call 774-357-CARE (2273) or email CARESAct@BristolCC.edu.