Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting

Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

In accordance with the requirements of the CARES Act, Bergen Community College (the College) has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the Department of Education. The College assures that the institution will 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.

Total Award Amount
The College has been allocated and anticipates receiving $4,230,709.00 in funding from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

Amount Awarded to Students
The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants awarded to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of 9/30/2020 is $3,321,000.

Estimated Eligible Participants
The College estimates that approximately 5,951 students at the institution are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

Number of Students Awarded
A total of 3,321 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

Award Methodology
Students were evaluated for awards based on the following criteria:

  • The student was Title IV (federal financial aid) eligible for academic year 2020.
  • The student was registered for the spring 2020 semester and had not completely withdrawn from school prior to 3/9/20.
  • The student completed the online application for relief funds

Instructions Provided to Students
The college initially sent two email notifications to all potentially eligible students who had previously applied for Title IV Financial Aid. The communication provided a description of the Emergency CARES Act program and a link to the college’s online application. Periodic notification on the availability of funds is sent to students.


Bergen Community College
Cares Act, Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students
Summary of Activities

Report Date
Student Data
Number of Eligible Students 5,951
Number of Students Awarded 3,321
Financial Data
Total Grant Amount $4,230,709.00
Total Awarded to Students $3,321,000.00
Balance Remaining
Note: All numbers as of Report Date

Eligibility and Application

In order to receive consideration for the CARES Act funds, you must have completed a 2020-21 FAFSA and are or were enrolled in an academic program during the fall 2020 semester, and filled out the appropriate application. The application period is now closed, and all CARES Emergency funds have been given at this time.

Once approved, your CARES Act funds will be disbursed to your account. If you have enrolled for electronic payments via direct deposit, the funds will be deposited in your account. If you are not currently enrolled for direct deposit, you should consider doing so now as this is the fastest and most efficient way to deliver these funds to you. Bergen is able to send these funds directly to your bank account through a fast and secure process. We encourage you to enroll in direct deposit by selecting and completing the “Bank Information” form in your Student Self Service (my.bergen.edu) account. Otherwise, a check will be mailed to you. Please be sure your mailing address is correct

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