As of August 2020, the Financial Aid Office disbursed TBC’s full allocation of the CARES Act grant to eligible students enrolled on campus in the Spring 2020 semester.
At TBC we not only care about our students’ academic success, but also about their personal success. We understand all too well the hardships that have been incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. TBC became aware of Federal Funding to help students who had to make a transition from on-campus education to online education. Subsequently, we have worked many hours submitting Federal grant requests to obtain these funds for students affected by the mandated campus closure. We have secured an allocation for students who experienced a financial hardship directly connected to the disruption in campus education operations. TBC is now able to make relief funding available to students affected financially by the transition from on-campus to online education 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
Am I Eligible?
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.
Is documentation required?
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.
I did not experience a financial hardship in the transition to online education, but my family is affected by a job furlough or job loss due to the Coronavirus. Is any help available for this situation?
The CARES Act does not provide relief in this situation. However, the Financial Aid Office may be able to assist on a case-by-case basis. Send an email with details of your family’s situation to email@example.com.
How do I apply for CARES Act relief?
Access the TBC CARES Act Relief Application at the link below.
What happens after I submit the application?
The Financial Aid Office will review each application, and receipts, for qualified financial impact based on CARES Act requirements, and send a relief status notification to the student’s TBC email inbox. The Business Office will mail a check to the home address listed in Populi for each student with a qualifying financial hardship.
Can my qualifying relief funding be applied to my outstanding balance owed to TBC?
Each student with a qualifying financial hardship will receive a relief funding check. A student with an outstanding balance for the Spring 2020 semester should apply relief funds to the outstanding balance. A payment can be made online or by contacting Mrs. Ballard in the Business Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. An outstanding balance is still owed to TBC if a student chooses not to apply relief funding to the balance.
Do I need to repay CARES Act relief funds?
No. A student with qualifying financial hardship does not need to repay any money received through emergency relief funding.
Can I apply for CARES Act relief funding more than once?
No. A student may submit the CARES Act Relief Application only once for financial hardships for dates March 13, 2020 through May 7, 2020.
Is my other financial aid eligibility affected by receiving CARES Act relief funding?
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 year.
Are CARES Act relief funds taxable?
The U.S. Treasury Department has not published guidance on whether there will tax implications for tax year 2020. Once that determination is made, guidance will be updated here.