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CARES Act COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund

Bridgewater State University through the CARES Act (HEERF I) was allocated $8,833,662 and has certified with the U.S. Department of Education that $4,416,831 will go directly to students in emergency funding. In addition, BSU is required to publicly report the Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion.

CARES Act Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting - Q1  (pdf)
CARES Act Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting - Q2  (pdf)


Bridgewater State University through the CRRSAA Act (HEERF II) was allocated $14,374,448 and required by the U.S. Department of Education that $4,416,831 will go directly to students in emergency funding. In addition, BSU is required to publicly report the Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CRRSAA Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion.

CARES Act Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting - Q3  (pdf)
CARES Act Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting - Q4  (pdf)

Bridgewater State University through the CRRSAA Act (HEERF II) was allocated $14,374,448 and required by the U.S. Department of Education that $4,416,831 will go directly to students in emergency funding. BSU has promised to distribute $4,416,831 of CRRSAA Act (HEERF II) directly to students for emergency funding.

Bridgewater State University is working to provide emergency funding for students who have been economically impacted by COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of the CARES Act and CRRSAA relief funds, institutions of higher education can request funding to be disbursed to students who have needs based on the results of COVID-19 pandemic. If you are struggling financially because of this pandemic, this is a way to get help.

Here are a couple things to consider:

  • This is a grant and you will not have to pay it back
  • Current undergraduate or graduate students who are enrolled at BSU can apply for emergency funding
  • This funding will not impact your federal or state aid
  • Priority in funding will be given to those with the highest financial need
  • If you receive funds, you must have a United States bank account and will be required to set-up direct deposit

As of the ending quarter 6/30/2021, the total amount of Student Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to BSU students under Section 18004(a)(1) Student Portion, totals $7,859,886.11.

The estimated total number of BSU students to participate in the CARES Act program under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive (HEERF) Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) is over 9,991 students.

As of 6/30/2021,  3,601 BSU students have received Student Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act and CRRSAA Act (HEERF). To be considered for the COVID-19 Student Emergency Funds a BSU student must complete the application online.

Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund supports BSU students facing unexpected hardships including the COVID-19 public health crisis.