CARES and COVID-19 Information

The CARES Act Grant is no longer available. All available funds have been awarded to eligible students. The following information is for informational purposes only. 

BGSU was awarded $13.1 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help relieve the financial impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Of this total, $6.5 million was used to assist students experiencing financial hardships caused by the pandemic. Bowling Green State University acknowledges that it signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the U.S. Department of Education on April 22, 2020 and assured that BGSU used the funding received under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Grants to students. The University also set aside a portion of University emergency funds to assist during that time.

BGSU Disbursement Funding Methods

The first method was used to select the neediest students who were living off campus and were required to still pay rent after the University shifted to all online learning. These students were provided an automatic CARES Act Grant based on enrolment for spring semester, ranging from $300 - $1,200. A total of 2,774 students received CARES Act Grants via this method totaling $2,613,800.

The second method was by application. All other students who requested CARES Act Grant funds were required to complete an application by logging in using their MyBGSU account, indicating what expense(s) have been incurred (food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, child care) due to the disruption of on-campus operations and the shift to online learning. Amounts of the award were based on need determined by the FAFSA and ranged from $500 - $1200. Students who were awarded funds in the spring or summer semester, were able to request additional funds for fall semester but any additional amount awarded was limited to $250 - $500, depending on need determined by the FAFSA.

Total CARES Act Funds allocated $6,581,709
Estimated number of students Title IV Aid Eligible  11,585
Total CARES Act funds disbursed* $6,581,709
Total BGSU students who received CARES spring only 4,494
Total BGSU students who received CARES spring & summer 185
Total BGSU students who received CARES spring & fall 768 
Total BGSU students who received CARES summer only 235
Total BGSU students who received CARES summer & fall 62
Total BGSU students who received CARES fall only 804
Total BGSU students who received CARES spring, summer & fall 99
Total BGSU students who received CARES Act Grant** 6,647

*As of 8/31/2020 all funds were exhausted

**As of 10/1/2020


What was the CARES Act Grant?

Because of the CARES Act, BGSU was able to offer an emergency grant called the CARES Act Grant to students who struggled with living expenses or other unexpected financial challenges related to the disruption of on-campus operations from Spring 2020. This included expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care.

These funds were available to undergraduate and graduate students. 

Who was eligible to apply for the CARES Act Grant?

The eligibility requirements are listed below. In order to meet the needs of all students, we were sometimes limited to only offering a portion of the amount requested in the application. To qualify, students must:

  1. Have a 2020-2021 FAFSA on file
  2. Enrolled for Fall 2020
  3. Be eligible for funding under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965
  4. Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress
  5. Not be enrolled in an exclusive online distance education program

How did students apply for the CARES Act Grant?

To apply, students had to meet the federal eligibility requirements. If you were eligible, a link was provided on this page to complete the application. No additional materials or documents were required. 

How can I spend CARES Act Grant Funds?

CARES Act Grant funds were offered to help students who faced unexpected financial challenges related to the disruption of on-campus operations. These funds were disbursed directly to the student via direct deposit or paper check and could be used for expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care. These emergency funds are not taxable income and are meant to directly assist you during this crisis. 


Guidance Provided by Institution 

Students received a direct communication from President Rogers on May 1, 2020 regarding this funding through their BGSU email. Students who applied for the CARES Act Grant and were ineligible, received an email to their BGSU account with an explanation and possible next steps. Additional COVID-19 information can be found here.