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CARES Act Fund Reporting

The posted information is for the 2020-2021 academic year. Information for Fall 2021 will be available in June 2021.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law March 28, 2020, provides almost $14 billion that will go directly to higher education institutions to support the costs of shifting classes online, grants to students for food, housing, technology, and other purposes.

Bethel University has signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the CARES HEERF Certification and Agreement. Bethel University has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.  

Student Quarterly Report

Did Bethel receive CARES Act funding?

Bethel has been allocated $2,452,828 in CARES Act funding, $1,226,414 of which will be awarded directly to students as emergency financial aid grants.  These grants will cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

How much of the CARES Act funding has been distributed to Bethel students so far?

As of May 31, 2020, Bethel has distributed $753,000 to 427 students.
As of June 27, 2020, Bethel has distributed $802,000 to 473 students.
As of August 10, 2020, Bethel has distributed $1,063,500 to 625 students.
As of September 24, 2020, Bethel has distributed $1,216,750 to 722 students.
As of September 30, 2020, Bethel has distributed $1,216,750 to 722 students.
As of December 31, 2020 Bethel has distributed $1,226,414 to 728 students. This completes distribution to students and is the final quarterly update.

How many Bethel students are eligible for CARES Act grants?

Up to 3,517 students could be eligible for emergency financial aid grants after applying and demonstrating that they have eligible expenses.   

How did Bethel decide how to award CARES Act emergency financial aid grants?

Bethel considered each student's FAFSA status, EFC, and specific school enrollment before awarding grants to Title IV-eligible students. 

How has Bethel communicated instructions to students regarding CARES Act emergency financial aid grants?

Bethel sent two emails to all students, as well as parents of students in the College of Arts & Sciences, detailing the purpose of the grants and inviting students to apply. In addition to emails, information about the grants were included in community announcements and texts sent to students by resident directors.

Institution Quarterly Report

Bethel has been allocated $1,226,414 for institutional aid. These funds were used to provide prorated room and board refunds to students in Spring 2020 when campus was closed due to COVID-19. The final quarterly budget and expenditure report is available for viewing.