The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
TBC is concerned with student academic success and student personal success. We came to understand the severity of hardships some students experienced when our campus closed in March 2020 because of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The Administration became aware of federal funding available to help students affected by the on-campus to online education transition. College staff worked many hours to obtain grant funding for students, and we successfully secured funding for students directly affected by the disruption of campus operations. TBC first made relief funding available to students affected financially by the education transition in the following areas:
- Emergency/crisis Housing
- Emergency/crisis Food
- Emergency/crisis Technology
- Emergency/crisis Course Materials
- Emergency/crisis Health Care
- Emergency/crisis Childcare Expenses
Per U.S. Department of Education guidance, international, dual-enrollment, non-U.S. citizens and students with an online-only enrollment status prior to March 13, 2020 are not eligible for CARES Act relief funding. A student enrolled at the Jacksonville campus as of March 13, 2020, who experienced a financial impact in the categories listed above, from March 13, 2020 through May 7, 2020, may apply for relief.
A student claiming financial hardship in any of the above areas should provide the Financial Aid Office a receipt, showing a date and an amount, for each hardship claim.
The CARES Act does not provide relief in this situation. However, the Financial Aid Office may be able to assist with an institutional grant on a case-by-case basis. Send an email with details of your family’s situation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Based on federal guidance, the Financial Aid Office reviews each application and receipts for qualified financial impact and sends a relief status notification to the applicant’s student email inbox. The Business Office will mail a check to the home address listed in Populi for each student with a qualifying financial hardship.
Each student with a qualifying financial hardship will receive a relief funding check. A student with an outstanding balance for the Spring 2020 semester can apply relief funds to a past-due balance. Payments can be made online or by contacting Mrs. Ballard in the Business Office at email@example.com. An outstanding balance is still owed to TBC if a student chooses not to apply relief funding to the existing balance.
No. A student with qualifying financial hardship does not need to repay any money received through emergency relief funding.
No. A student may submit the CARES Act Relief Application only once for financial hardships for experienced between March 13, 2020, and May 7, 2020.
No. CARES Act relief funding is an emergency grant that helps a student with qualifying expenses connected to the campus education operations disruption. Relief funding does not affect financial aid eligibility in the 2019-20 or 2020-21 academic years.
IRS guidance on the tax implications of CARES Act relief funding is available at the following link: FAQs: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund and Emergency Financial Aid Grants under the CARES Act | Internal Revenue Service (irs.gov)
After the Financial Aid Office funded all eligible relief applications in 2020, the Administration divided the balance of the students allocation among all students enrolled at the time of the campus closure on March 13, 2020. Each eligible student received a relief check for a portion of the allocated funds. TBC disbursed the total amount of its $210,954.00 allocation for qualifying students to those affected by the disruption of campus operations in the Spring 2020 semester. See reporting details below.
The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA)
TBC received a second round of funding for students through CRRSSA. The Administration developed a system to provide equitable relief to every student enrolled in the 2020-21 academic year. TBC disbursed the total $210,954.00 students allocation among all enrolled students. See reporting details below.
The American Rescue Plan (ARP) and the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)
The Financial Aid Office encouraged students whose families lost work time or income because of COVID-19 to submit statements via email. The Financial Aid Office disbursed third round of HEERF funds to affected students based on need. Students who lost a parent to the public health emergency received a disbursement equal to the cost of tuition, room, board, fees, and course materials not covered by federal and state grants. The institution disbursed the total $658,393.00 students allocation to those affected financially by the pandemic. See reporting details below.