As provided for by the Department of Education (DOE) as a provision of the CARES Act, Bryan College has received funds and distributed those funds directly to students to assist them with emergency financial relief related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. These grants are intended to be used by students for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.
Bryan received a total of $579,257 from the DOE under this program. The DOE has required institutions to use 50 percent of the total funds received from Section 18004 provisions to go directly to students to provide emergency relief as described above. Bryan is distributing $289,629 directly to students.
Bryan College signed the Certification and Agreement for the first 50% of these funds provided for under Section 18004(a)(1) on April 14, 2020 and these funds were drawdown from the DOE on April 28, 2020.
On May 5, 2020, Bryan released the first phase of checks to 104 eligible students in the amount of $20,055, with notification to each student that a grant was being distributed. These students were selected based on their employment under the Federal Work-Study program. These funds were intended to replace lost earnings due to COVID-19.
On April 30, 2020, Bryan notified all students (estimated 450 students) through campus email who were enrolled for Spring 2020 for onsite instruction and eligible for Federal Title IV funding of their ability to apply for emergency assistance through the CARES Act — Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). During this second phase, students were allowed to request funding until May 18, 2020 through an online form. After this date, requests were processed, students were notified and checks in the amount of $203,345 were mailed during the week of May 25, 2020.
On May 18, 2020, Bryan began phase three of the distribution of the CARES Act — Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). As needs continue to arise, students who indicate a new or increased financial emergency due to COVID-19 may request funding through an online form. These requests will be processed, students will be notified and checks will be mailed until all funding is exhausted.
The amount of individual grants was based on anticipated Federal Work Study earnings (Phase 1), and individual requested amounts ($500 minimum and $6,000 maximum) for the remaining phases based on certification form the student that they have a financial need that was related to COVID-19.
Currently Bryan College has awarded approximately 230 students a total of $277,947. Students needing funding from this program can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.