COVID-19 Financial Aid
In April of 2020, BGSU received the first round of funds for students through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). This was known as the CARES Act Grant. Through that grant, BGSU used over $6.5 million and was able to assist 6,646 students with unexpected costs and financial hardships caused by COVID-19.
The CARES Act Grant is no longer available – but there is new financial aid funding to help students facing unexpected financial challenges related to COVID-19.
In December 2020, Congress passed another bill under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERFII), offering BGSU an additional $6,581,709 to allocate to students. This is called the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act or CRRSAA Fund. CRRSAA funds are currently available to current students.
Additional Student Emergency Aid
The Student Emergency Fund, through the Office of the Dean of Students, is providing critical aid to BGSU students during this challenging time.
Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA)
On January 17, 2021, BGSU was offered $6,581,709 from the Federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) to help relieve the financial impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds are available to assist students experiencing financial hardships caused by the pandemic.
How Student CRRSAA Funds are Being Awarded
Students with an Outstanding Balance on their BGSU Student Account
Students who received the CRRSAA Fund automatically and have an outstanding balance on their BGSU student account needed to fill out a quick form to let BGSU know how they want their funds issued.
- Option 1: Have the funds applied to the outstanding balance. Any remaining funds will then be issued to the student.
- Option 2: Have the entire amount issued to the student and not applied to the BGSU student bill.
The form needed to be completed by March 12. Students who missed the deadline will have Option 2 applied to their CRRSAA funding and be issued through direct deposit (BGSU eRefund) or paper check.
* Students who applied will be asked to provide this information in the CRRSAA Application and do not need to complete this step.
Receiving the CRRSAA Fund
- To view your CRRSAA Fund amount, visit your MyBGSU > Student Center > Financial Aid Summary > Spring 2021 Semester*
- CRRSAA funds will be issued through BGSU eRefund (3-5 business days) or paper check (5-7 business days).
- BGSU eRefund is strongly encouraged and is the quickest way to receive your funding. This can be set up in your MyBGSU and will ensure your refund is electronically deposited into your bank account. Please visit our BGSU Refund webpage for step-by-step instructions.
- Students who received the funds automatically, and have an outstanding balance on their BGSU student account, had until March 12 to indicate how they wanted the funds issued. Students who did not respond by the March 12 deadline, will have funds issued through BGSU eRefund (3-5 business days) or paper check (5-7 business days).
*Students who have a balance on their BGSU student account will NOT be able to see their funds until they let us know how they want their funds issued.
Spending your CRRSAA funds
CRRSAA funds are offered to help students who are facing unexpected financial challenges related to COVID-19. These funds are disbursed directly to the student via direct deposit (BGSU eRefund) or paper check and can be used for any component of their cost of attendance or for emergency costs that have arisen due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care. These emergency funds are not taxable income and are meant to directly assist students during this crisis.
IMPORTANT: 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.
Former CARES Act Grant Information
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**||6,646|
*As of 8/31/2020 all funds were exhausted
**Final Report as of 1/10/2021
Previous disbursment funding reports: 5/22/2020, 6/26/2020, 8/7/2020, 10/30/2020
Download the Institutional HEERF Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report - 10/30/2020
Download the Institutional HEERF Second Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report - 1/10/2021
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:
- Have a 2020-2021 FAFSA on file
- Enrolled for Fall 2020
- Be eligible for funding under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965
- Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress
- 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.