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 July 13, 2020, BJU has distributed the entire required amount of $1,276,029. 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. This exhausts the funds to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to eligible students.
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 1,754 as of July 13, 2020. All eligible students have been mailed a check for $725 or more from the Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
Eligible students were notified via email regarding the availability of the Emergency Financial Aid Grant. All eligible students were mailed checks to their last known address through the United States Postal Service.
Updated March 31, 2021