The Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund provides funds in Aid Year 2020-2021 (including to support last-dollar scholarships) for displaced adults who enroll in stackable credential programs that lead to jobs in targeted industry sectors.  Before completing the application form, you must have filed a 2020-2021 FAFSA at and submitted all requested items.  To be eligible for a GEER scholarship, you must be a dislocated worker who is enrolled in an eligible stackable credential program for six or more credits per term, eligible for Title IV (federal) aid, domiciled in Virginia, and have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 12,000 or less as calculated by the FAFSA. GEER funds can cover charges up to tuition, fees, and a book allowance that have not been covered by other aid designated for tuition, fees, and/or books.


  • You are a Virginia citizen.
  • You are a dislocated worker as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic (see application for details).
  • You are registered for at least 6 credits for the term in which you are applying for GEER funds.
  • You have completed a FAFSA and all requested items.
  • Your EFC is 12,000 or below
  • You are meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.
  • You are Title IV eligible (this includes being a citizen or permanent resident of the US, meeting selective service requirements, and other items. The information on your FAFSA will allow us to determine if you are Title IV eligible).
  • You are interested in pursuing training or classes in a high-demand area: Early Childhood Education, Health-care, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Public Safety, Skilled Trades – see the full list of BRCC eligible programs below.

Next Steps

If you meet the requirements above, then you’re on your way to getting your next semester or career training paid for. To take advantage of this one-time-only opportunity, follow these four steps.

  1. Complete your 2020-2021 FAFSA if you have not already.
  2. Complete the GEER Application 
  3. Submit the GEER Application to the Financial Aid Coordinator, Megan Hartless, at
  4. Enroll for Summer or Fall 2021 classes as soon as March 22, 2021.

This is a one-time funding effort to help Virginians recover from job loss and underemployment due to COVID-19.

If you are not eligible for this GEER funding, or need additional financial assistance, we can help! There are a number of funding opportunities available for students impacted by COVID-19, as well as others who simply need assistance affording their education. Please contact our Financial Aid office at (540) 453-2301 or visit our Financial Aid and Student Financial Services Support Center.

Eligible Programs

  • Administration of Justice - AAS
    • Criminal Justice Foundations (CSC)
    • Criminal Justice Advanced (CSC)
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology - AAS
    • Applied Mechatronics I (CSC) *
    • Applied Manufacturing (CSC)
  • Engineering Technology Specialization - AAS
    • Applied Mechatronics I (CSC) *
    • Applied Manufacturing Technician (CSC)
  • Operations Excellence Specialization - AAS
    • Applied Mechatronics I (CSC) *
    • Applied Manufacturing Processes (CSC)
  • Mechatronics Specialization - AAS
    • Applied Mechatronics I (CSC) *
    • Applied Mechatronics II (CSC)
  • Manufacturing Bio-Technology Specialization - AAS
    • Applied Mechatronics I (CSC) *
    • Applied Manufacturing Biotechnology (CSC)
  • Automotive Maintenance and Repair - AAS
    • Automotive Undercar and HVAC Systems (CSC)
    • Automotive Fuel and Electrical Systems (CSC)
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology - AAS
    • Airframe Maintenance (C)
  • Computer and Electronics Technology - AAS
    • Computer and Electronics I (CSC) *
    • Computer and Electronics II (CSC)
  • Secure Computer Networking Specialization - AAS
    • Computer and Electronics I (CSC) *
    • Secure Computer Networking (CSC)
  • Early Childhood Development
    • Early Childhood Development I (CSC)
    • Early Childhood Development II (CSC)
  • Emergency Management Services - AAS
    • Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (CSC)
    • Paramedic (C)
  • Engineering Technology - AAS (formerly Mechanical Design Technology)
    • Engineering Assistant (CSC)
    • Senior Engineering Assistant (CSC)
  • Human Services - AAS
    • Human Services I (CSC)
    • Human Services II (CSC)
  • Information Systems Technology - AAS
    • Cybersecurity and Networking Foundations (CSC) *
    • Information Systems Technology (CSC)
  • Cloud Computing Specialization - AAS
    • Cybersecurity and Networking Foundations (CSC) *
    • Cloud Computing (CSC)
  • Cyber Security Specialization - AAS
    • Cybersecurity and Networking Foundations (CSC) *
    • Intermediate Cybersecurity and Networking (CSC)
  • Information Technology for Business Specialization - AAS
    • Cybersecurity and Networking Foundations (CSC) *
    • Information Technology Business (CSC)
  • Digital Design and Graphics Specialization - AAS
    • Cybersecurity and Networking Foundations (CSC) *
  • Nursing - AAS
    • Nurse Aid Bridge (CSC)
  • Veterinary Technology - AAS
    • Advanced Veterinary Assistant (CSC)

AAS - Associate of Applied Science Degree
C - Certificate CSC - Career Studies Certificate
* indicates CSC exists in multiple specializations under specific parent degree