The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund that provided more than $14 billion in emergency funding to higher education. Of those funds, $6.28 billion has been allocated for the purpose of providing emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.
On April 16, 2020, Bob Jones University signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the Department of Education to receive the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF). In the CARES Act, BJU was allocated $2,552,058 and intends to use no less than $1,276,029, fifty percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to eligible students.
To be eligible, students had to be degree seeking, continually enrolled through the Spring 2020 semester, enrolled in campus classroom courses that were converted to online instruction after March 13, 2020, and Title IV eligible. Eligible students must have filed a 2019–20 FAFSA and completed all outstanding requirements to receive federal financial aid prior to May 1, 2020, and met satisfactory academic progress standards.
As of May 29, 2020, BJU has not distributed any funds; however, it expects to begin issuing checks to eligible students beginning June 22, 2020. We expect to complete the process no later than July 10, 2020. As per the U.S. Department of Education’s reporting requirements, this information will be updated on BJU’s website every 45 days until the funds have been exhausted.
The number of BJU students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 is 1,754. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to Students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is zero as of May 29, 2020. BJU determined all eligible students will receive $725 from the Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
Eligible students will be notified via email regarding the availability of the Emergency Financial Aid Grant. Students with questions regarding the grants may contact the Financial Aid Office.
Updated May 29, 2020