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CARES Act Institutional Reports

CARES Act Funding Report Ending September 30, 2020 (PDF)

CARES Act Funding Report Ending December 31, 2020 (PDF)

CARES Act Funding Reporting Ending March 31, 2021 (PDF)

CARES Act Funding Reporting Ending June 30, 2021 (PDF)


On, May 21, 2020, Bevill State Community College announced in an email to students that funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act would be distributed to eligible students based on guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Education. The funds provide economic relief for students enrolled in one or more traditional classroom courses when COVID-19 measures were instituted, and instruction was moved to online delivery.

Students receiving checks must be “eligible” as defined by DOE guidelines and may use the funds “for expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.”

​Bevill State Community College acknowledges that the institution signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement that assures that at least 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act will be used to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. The Certification and Agreement were signed on April 14, 2020, by Dr. Kim Ennis, President.

How much in CARES Act funds were distributed to Bevill State for emergency student aid?

How many Bevill State students have been deemed eligible to receive CARES Act funds?
1,441 students

Who is eligible for CARES Act funds?

  1. Student was enrolled in at least one face-to-face course as of March 16, 2020, in a Title IV approved program. 
  2. Student submitted a 2019-20 FAFSA with a valid ISIR on file at BSCC for Spring 2020.
  3. Student meets the Title IV eligibility criteria as stated below:

Section 484 of the HEA states that Title IV eligible students must:

  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree or certificate program. 
  • Not be enrolled in elementary or secondary school.
  • For currently enrolled students, be making satisfactory academic progress.
  • Not owe an overpayment on Title IV grants or loans.
  • Not be in default on a Title IV loan.
  • File "as part of the original financial aid application process" a certification that includes
    • A statement of educational purpose.
    • Student's SSN.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident, or other eligible noncitizen.
  • Have returned fraudulently obtained Title IV funds if convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to charges. 
  • Not have fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits.
  • Have repaid Title IV loan amounts in excess of annual or aggregate limits if obtained inadvertently.
  • Have Selective Service registration verified.
  • Have Social Security Number verified.
  • Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations.

Who is not eligible for CARES Act funds?

  • Students who do not meet the eligibility requirements listed above.
  • Students enrolled exclusively in online courses
  • Students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents (green card holders)
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students
  • Dual-enrolled high school students
  • Students who do not have a valid high school diploma or equivalent
  • Incarcerated students
  • Students who withdrew from all Bevill State classes as of the close of business on March 16

Did Bevill State determine the eligibility requirements?
No. The guidelines for eligibility were issued by the U.S. Department of Education.

How will students be notified about their eligibility?
Students who can expect a CARES Act check were notified via email by May 21. The eligibility email will be sent to the primary email address the student has listed in MyBSCC.

How will Bevill State spend/disburse CARES Act funds?

  1. Eligible students in student housing will be issued a housing grant award based on a prorated refund of their housing rental fees for a total of $8353.80 for 35 eligible students.
  2. All eligible students will be issued a grant award based on the above basic criteria for a total of $1,290,444.32 for 1441 eligible students
  3. Out of the 1441 students eligible, 35 will receive both awards and a total of $1,298,798.12 will be disbursed to eligible students.

How will eligible students receive CARES Act funds?
Students will receive the funds via direct deposit if they have completed that process at the college, otherwise, a check will be mailed to the address on file at the college.

Are there guidelines/requirements on how students can spend CARES Act funds?
Students may use the funds “for expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.”