BSCC to distribute CARES Act funds for students

By NICOLE SMITH
Daily Mountain Eagle
nicole.smith@mountaineagle.com
Posted 6/3/20

Some Bevill State Community College students will soon be getting financial assistance.

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BSCC to distribute CARES Act funds for students

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Some Bevill State Community College students will soon be getting financial assistance.

The college announced in a press release that money would be distributed thanks to Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding approved by the U.S. Congress and recently distributed to colleges and universities across the United States.

Bevill State degree-seeking students will be eligible for payments if they were enrolled for the spring 2020 semester — full- or part-time — on or after March 16, 2020. Students must have also filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid and have an Institutional Student Information Record on file with the college.

Of the $14 billion allotted through the CARES Act for colleges and universities, Bevill State received $1,321,420 for its students.

According to the press release from Bevill State, the money can be used for "costs related to the disruption of college operations," which include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. In addition, Bevill State shares that the U.S. Department of Education has encouraged colleges and universities to "prioritize students with the greatest need" when dispersing the funds, while also assisting as many students as possible.

“Bevill State’s students have shown their resolve during this unusual time. I praise their flexibility and dedication to their education," Bevill State President Dr. Kim Ennis said in the press release. "Our hope is that Bevill State students eligible for funds from the CARES Act will be able to apply these funds to alleviate any of the issues this pandemic caused to their educational path, be that child care costs, technology that was necessitated by remote learning, or materials to complete their coursework."

Students who will receive a portion of the CARES Act funds will be notified via email by the college.

Those not eligible to receive the funds include students who were exclusively enrolled in distance learning as of March 16, 2020, as well as dual-enrolled high school students. Non-degree seeking students and employees in college workforce training programs are also not eligible.