COVID-19 and Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office is here to help!

CARES Act

A variety of funding sources have been made available to assist students through this crisis. The CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act has allowed funding to be disbursed without additional application to over 1,000 BRCC students who met certain criteria. These funds are being sent directly to eligible students. Eligible students received a message in their SIS Message Center. To view the message, log in to MyBRCC, choose the “SIS” app, then “Student Center.”

CARES Grant   

COVID-19 and Financial Aid Q&A

Q: What can I do if I have lost a job or been furloughed as a result of the COVID-19 virus?

A: There are a few different ways we may be able to assist students, or the parents or spouses of students, who have lost their job due to COVID-19 or experienced a temporary furlough/reduction in hours. Please choose the appropriate link below for more information.

Permanent Job Loss or Reduction   Temporary Job Loss or Reduction

Q: What can I do if I had an expense related to the COVID-19 pandemic and did not receive funds from the CARES grant?

A: Students who have experienced an unexpected expense (technology, child care, etc.) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic may request assistance in the form of an emergency grant.

Emergency Grant Application

Q: What can I do if I need help completing the FAFSA or another form during the campus closure?

A: Until we return to campus, the Financial Aid Office will hold virtual open office hours from 9-12 Monday – Friday for students who need assistance completing the FAFSA or other financial aid forms that may require screen sharing for assistance. During these times, please call 453-2301 to connect with the advisor on call. The advisor will then email a link to a Zoom meeting so that we can work through your application and/or forms with you.

Calls related to other financial aid issues should continue to be directed to the 24/7 Support Center; chat or call 855-844-3631.

Q: How does the temporary grading policy for Spring 2020 affect my SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress) standing?

A: SAP policies will be slightly different for students who received aid in Spring 2020. Please see the information page in our Support Center for more information.

SAP and Temporary Grading Policy

Q: How can I use financial aid to purchase textbooks while the bookstore is closed?

A: Books can be purchased online, and financial aid may be used at checkout. The Follett Bookstore is offering FREE GROUND SHIPPING until 5/22/2020 for students ordering online. For more information, check out the bookstore charging information on our web site, as well as the BRCC Follett site.

Q: How can I contact the financial aid office if I have other questions about COVID-19 and my finances?

A: We are happy to serve you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You can call us toll-free at 1-855-844-3631, or visit the 24/7 Support Center for FAQ, live chat, or to create a case to receive an email response.