COVID-19 and Financial Aid

BGSU was recently 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 will be 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 gives the assurance that BGSU will use the funding received under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Grants to students. The University has also set aside a portion of University emergency funds to assist during this challenging time.

Total CARES Act Funds allocated $6,581,709
Estimated number of students Title IV Aid Eligible  11,585
Total CARES Act funds disbursed* $5,190,178
Total BGSU students who recieved CARES Act Grant* 5,572

* As of 5/22/2020


What is the CARES Act Grant?

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

BGSU understands the challenges all of our students are facing due to the impacts of COVID-19 and is making these funds available to undergraduate and graduate students. 

Am I eligible to apply for the CARES Act Grant?

In order to apply for the CARES Act Grant, you must meet the eligibility requirements for spring and summer semesters listed below. In order to meet the needs of all of our students, we may be limited to only offering a portion of the amount requested in the application. To qualify, students must:

  1. Have a current FAFSA on file
  2. Be eligible for funding under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965
  3. Have been enrolled for a degree seeking program during Spring 2020 during the time of disruption
  4. Be enrolled for Summer term
  5. Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress
  6. Not be enrolled in an exclusive online distance education program

What if I am not eligible for the CARES Act Grant, but still need emergency assistance?

If you are not eligible for the CARES Act Grant but still need emergency assistance, we recommend that you still complete the application below. Applications from students who do not meet the federal requirements, will be referred to the appropriate office for consideration of Foundation Student Emergency Funds. Applicants should expect to be contacted within 5-7 business days regarding a decision. 

How do I apply for the CARES Act Grant?

To apply, you must meet the federal eligibility requirements. If you are eligible, you can follow the link below to complete your application. No additional materials or documents are required. 

How can I spend CARES Act Grant Funds?

CARES Act Grant funds are offered to help students who are faced with unexpected financial challenges related to the disruption of on-campus operations. These funds are disbursed directly to the student via direct deposit or paper check and can 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. Additional COVID-19 information can be found here.

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 enrollment 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 is by application. All other students requesting CARES Act Grant funds must 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 are based on need determined by the FAFSA and will range from $500 - $1200. Students who were awarded funds in the spring semester, can request additional funds for summer semester but any additional amount awarded will be limited to $250 - $500, depending on need determined by the FAFSA.