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PBSC CARES Act Grant

What is the CARES Act?

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provided $6 billion to colleges nationwide for emergency financial aid grants to be distributed to enrolled students who are “Title IV Eligible” and have expenses related to the COVID–19 pandemic.  PBSC decided to immediately distribute their $9,466,718 CARES Emergency Grant by providing a one-time $500 grant to approximately 18,933 students on a “first come, first served” basis.

 

Eligibility Requirements and Application

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have filed a 2019-20 FAFSA,  meet federal Title IV eligibility requirements, and attended classes during the Spring 2020 semester on or after March 13 (Students who were taking all their classes on-line prior to March 13, do not meet the requirements set forth by HEERF), or are registered for classes for Summer 2020, incurred expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare related fees as a result of the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis (transition to remote learning).
PBSC will release the funds in the amount up to $500.00 to you regardless of whether you owe PBSC a balance or not.
You may spend the money on expenses related to COVID-19 as you indicate on your application.
Once you submit the PBSC CARES Act application you will receive an email to your PBSC student email account indicating your application results.
Upon approval of your PBSC CARES Act application, the funds will be released to you based on your selected refund preference that you have indicated on your Pantherweb.  PBSC Strongly encourages Direct Deposit as printing a paper check is limited at this time, and your funds will arrive directly to your account much faster and safer. To sign up for Direct Deposit in PantherWeb 1. Log in, 2. Click on “Direct Deposit Account” in My Details, 3. Enter Account & Routing number, 4. Click on “Update”.
Make sure you have completed the 2019-20 FAFSA and check your Pantherweb for any outstanding items that need to be completed.  You must meet federal financial aid eligibility requirements, and are attending classes during the Spring 2020 semester on or after March 13 . (Students who were taking all their classes on-line prior to March 13, do not meet the requirements set forth by HEERF), incurred expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare related fees as a result of the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis (transition to remote learning).

Palm Beach State College understands the current COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted our students’ educational goals.  Our financial aid administrators are provided the authority to use professional judgment to make adjustments on a case-by-case basis to reflect more accurately the financial need of students and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

If your financial aid status and/or eligibility has been negatively affected by COVID-19:  let the Office of Financial Aid know by scheduling an appointment by clicking here.  Select the COVID-19 Financial Hardship option.

The Office of Financial Aid is here to help with any questions.  You may submit your question online at  faocent@palmbeachstate.edu  or call us at 561-868-3330.

To maintain compliance with federal regulations regarding receipt and distribution of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security (CARES) Act funding, PBSC is required to provide the following information to the public 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 18004(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter.

Palm Beach State College signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement on April 11, 2020 and the assurances that Palm Beach State College 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. PBSC received $9.4M in CARES Act funding on April 20, 2020. This funding will be distributed directly to students in several phases over the term of the award year.

PBSC is actively distributing these funds to students who were impacted by the transition their course from a face-to-face classroom setting to a distance learning experience due to COVID-19. Students enrolled in at least one course in the Spring or Summer 2020 semester who are Title IV eligible and need assistance with housing, food insecurities, technology, healthcare, or childcare will receive $500 in emergency funding.

The method the College used to determine the amount of the emergency award is based upon the cost of attendance of a three-credit course with related course materials. The College may modify the award amount of the emergency funding throughout the year determined by the demand for emergency funding requests by the number of applications submissions.

The COVID-19 eligibility requirements to receive the emergency funding is as follows:

1. Students must be Title IV eligible to receive emergency funding. Students may apply by clicking on the link to the application that was provided in the email or text message or apply directly online at the COVID19 Webpage at https://www.palmbeachstate.edu/safety/covid-19/default.aspx

2. Students must have been enrolled for at least one course in Spring or Summer Term that transitioned from a face-to-face classroom or hybrid to a distance learning format due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Additional college established instructions are as follows:

1. Students must submit a CARES Act grant application;

2. Students will receive emergency funds once Title IV Eligibility is verified;

3. The funds will be disbursed on a first-come, first-served basis; 4. In addition to the above criteria, PBSC strongly encourages Direct Deposit which allows funds to arrive directly to students’ accounts much faster and safer. To sign up for Direct Deposit in PantherWeb 1. Log in, 2. Click on “Direct Deposit Account” in My Details, 3. Enter Account & Routing number, 4. Click on “Update”.

As of May 14, 2020:

  •  PBSC received $9.4M in institutional CARES Act funding. The total amount of CARES Act funding received by PBSC was $18.7M.
  • PBSC has distributed $3,962,500 to students.
  • PBSC has an estimated 18,800 students eligible to receive CARES Act funding.
  • PBSC has awarded funding to 7,925 students.
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