CARES ACT

CARES ACT funding has been exhausted

Eligibility
Qualifying Situations
FAQs

Overview

Belmont Abbey College has received funding through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Funding will be used to provide direct emergency checks/direct deposit grants to college students whose lives and educations have been disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak.

A Committee has been established and has determined that relief funding will be provided to every eligible student, currently enrolled in the spring 2020 semester. The College will then open an application process to provide grants until all funds are spent. As part of the CARES ACT, Colleges and Universities are required to spend its share of the CARES Act funds in one calendar year. Belmont Abbey College, however, will disburse its funds beginning Monday, May 4th and anticipates all funds being disbursed by Friday, May 15th.

Eligibility

  • Enrollment in a degree-seeking program
  • Eligible as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • U.S. citizenship or *eligible noncitizen
    • A valid Social Security number
    • Registration with Selective Service (if the student is male)
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress in their course of study, and
  • Do not owe a refund on grants previously received or in default on any federal student loans.
  • Additional eligibility requirements are listed in the Q&A’s below.

Additionally, students must have been enrolled in at least one face-to-face or hybrid class. This funding may not be provided for students enrolled in online only classes on March 13, 2020.  

If you already filed a FAFSA and received Title IV aid, you may be eligible for CARES Act funds. If you have not filed a FAFSA, please apply at studentaid.gov/FAFSA in order to be considered.

Even if your family chose to not file a FAFSA because of your income, you should file a FAFSA now to be considered for the CARES Act Grant.

*See FAQ below.

Qualifying Situations

Belmont Abbey’s CARES Act funds for students will be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. This includes, but is not limited to, eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care expenses.

Grant funds may be used to help with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. This includes, but is not limited to, eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance as determined by the Financial Aid Office, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.

  • Food Expenses
    • May include unexpected grocery expenses for a resident student who was depending on their meal plan to eat for the semester, or increased grocery expenses for a student supporting dependent children now home due to their school or childcare closure
  • Course Materials
    • May include but not limited to general use supplies such as writing utensils and notebooks; course specific supplies such as calculators, and other materials unexpectedly required to be purchased due to campus disruption of regular operations
  • Technology Expenses
    • May include computer equipment, internet access expenses, printer supplies, etc. required for student success when transitioning to an online format from the traditional in-person class structure
  • Healthcare Expenses
    • May include the cost of unanticipated or unusual medical expenses due to coronavirus or its effects
  • Child Care/Dependent Care Expenses
    • May include the cost of unanticipated or unusual care expenses for a student’s child or other dependents in the independent (based on FAFSA) student’s household
  • Transportation Expenses
    • May include the cost of unanticipated or unusual travel expenses related to the disruption of campus operations. This may include additional trips to the College to retrieve personal belongings or difficulty in making car payments due to income loss from this economic disruption
  • Housing Expenses
    • May include unanticipated expenses in securing housing and/or rent for residential students after the transition to remote delivery of courses. This may also include difficulty in making rent or mortgage payments due to income loss from this economic disruption.

Frequently Asked Questions

Generally, you are an eligible noncitizen if you are (1) a permanent U.S. resident with a Permanent Resident Card (I-551); (2) a conditional permanent resident with a Conditional Green Card (I-551C); (3) the holder of an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the Department of Homeland Security showing any one of the following designations: “Refugee,” “Asylum Granted,” “Parolee” (I-94 confirms that you were paroled for a minimum of one year and status has not expired), T-Visa holder (T-1, T-2, T-3, etc.) or “Cuban-Haitian Entrant;” or (4) the holder of a valid certification or eligibility letter from the Department of Health and Human Services showing a designation of “Victim of human trafficking.

Not immediately. The College will disburse approximately 85% of the funds immediately to all eligible students on Monday, May 4th. The College will then open an application process to disburse the remaining 15%.

The Department of Education provided guidance stating that the intent of distributing the grants was to prioritize students with the greatest need, establishing a maximum funding threshold for each student to ensure that the funds are distributed as widely as possible. In doing so, the Committee analyzed each student’s active FAFSA on file to create multiple tiers of financial need.

Per the guidance from the Department of Education, only students who are eligible to participate in Federal Title IV programs may receive CARES Act funds. Therefore, if you already filed a FAFSA and are receiving Title IV aid, then you are eligible to receive CARES Act funds. If you have not filed a FAFSA, please apply at studentaid.gov/FAFSA in order to be considered.

If you, a spouse, or a parent experienced job loss, or wage associated with these difficult economic times due to coronavirus, it is recommended that you contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss the details of your situation.

Your grant will post to your student account on Monday, May 4th. You may view your student account through self-service.

No, these funds are considered to be grant awards and do not need to be repaid to the College.

No, the College cannot apply any CARES Act funds towards an outstanding balance on a student’s account. These cash grants must be disbursed directly to the student.

You can make a payment on your outstanding balance at any time. However, please note that it was Congress’s intent that CARES Act emergency cash grants be used by students to cover their emergency personal expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare. Please ensure you have what you need to cover these expenses before using any emergency grant funds to make payment on an outstanding Belmont Abbey student account balance. Belmont Abbey College will not withhold any CARES Act funds to cover balances.

CARES Act funds cannot be used to offset lost income, but can be used to help towards expenses incurred due to that lost income if those expenses were due to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. It is recommended that you contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss the details of your situation.

CARES Act funds do not adversely affect NCAA eligibility or athletic scholarships.  Student athletes and non-athletes are encouraged to apply if they have a qualifying situation.

Reporting

UPDATE

As of August 19th, the college has awarded the remaining $14,746.16 to 11 students. These awards were made based on additional student requests.  To date, we have awarded all of our $703,750 student portion of our CARES ACT funding to 1020 students.

As of June 8th, an additional $89,007 was awarded to 58 students.  These students submitted a CARES Act application for additional assistance.  To date, we have awarded a total of $ 689,003.84 in CARES Act funding to 1020 students.  The remaining $14,746.16 will be awarded as additional applications are submitted.

Belmont Abbey College has received $1,407,500 in CARES Act funding from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. The college has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement. The college will award the required 50 percent, $703,750, of the funds received to students as Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

As of May 8th, we had 1019 Title IV eligible students, all 1019 have been awarded in total $599,996.84. These students were notified via their college email that they were awarded Emergency Financial Aid Grants as part of the CARES Act. The remaining $103,753.16 will be awarded as additional requests for funding are made. Students who need additional funding may complete the Belmont Abbey College CARES Act Application.

All Title IV eligible students, attending classes on campus prior to March 13th, were awarded in tiers. The tiers were constructed based on student population and enrollment status. All of which, we believe have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.