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CARES Act COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund

Bridgewater State University has been 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 is working to provide emergency funding for students who have been economically impacted by COVID-19. As a result of the CARES Act, institutions of higher education can request funding to be disbursed to students who have needs based on the results of COVID-19. 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
  • You must have a valid FAFSA on file with BSU
  • Current undergraduate or graduate students who were enrolled in summer 2020 semester 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
  • International students cannot receive funds from the CARES Act
  • Undocumented immigrant students (such as DACA) cannot receive funds from the CARES Act

As of the ending quarter 3/31/2021, the total amount of Student Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to BSU students under Section 18004(a)(1) Student Portion, totals $5,825,588.24.

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 8,000 students.

As of 3/31/2021,  3,202 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.


Based on guidelines established by the federal government for disbursement of CARES Act funds, students must meet basic eligibility criteria for federal financial aid (Title IV Eligibility).

Students who are not Title IV-eligible are not eligible for CARES Act Emergency Grants. Students who have the greatest financial need will be considered for emergency grant funds first.