Baylor College of Medicine has signed and returned a Funding Certification and Agreement to the Department of Education and intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide emergency financial assistance to students in degree-granting programs who have incurred expenses directly related to the disruption of campus operations due to Covid-19.
Baylor has been awarded $253,002 of CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) to use towards emergency funding for students. As of June 15, 2020, the College is working to finalize the eligibility determinations and therefore, has not yet distributed any HEERF grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
There are 1,577 Baylor students potentially eligible for CARES Act grant funding. As the grant draws on a limited pool of funds, the College cannot guarantee the availability of funds for assistance.
Maximum Award Amount: To be determined pending eligibility determinations.
The specific award amount to an individual student will be based on the needs of the student as described in the application and as supported by the appropriate documentation.
The CARES Act HEERF grant funds will be distributed to students based on need as demonstrated in their application through the application process that is currently being developed.
How to Apply for the CARES HEERF Grant
In order to be considered for emergency funding from the CARES HEERF Grant, students must:
- Be enrolled in a degree program (only in-person or a mixture of in-person and online courses) at BCM on March 13, 2020
- Be Title IV eligible and have a valid 2020/2021 FAFSA on file at BCM
- If not yet applied for AY 20/21, please apply here.
- Satisfactorily complete the form and submit supporting documentation by July 22, 2020.
Students may submit an application detailing their qualifying expenses directly related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. Qualifying expenses must have been incurred after March 13, 2020. Examples of qualifying expenses include, but are not limited to:
- Expenses related to transition to remote learning
- Additional housing expenses due to changes in course schedule
- Other increased cost of attendance (e.g., food, housing, course materials, health care, childcare, technology-related expenses, transportation) due to COVID-related campus disruptions
Applications are available July 6, 2020 through July 22, 2020. Students will be required to include a statement (200 words or less) explaining:
- The emergency and how the current situation is affecting the student’s studies (200 words or less)
- What the requested funds will be used for, and
- An itemized list of each cost, with supporting documentation for each item.
Grant award payments will be issued to awardees by the method they have selected in RefundSelect with Student Account Services. BCM anticipates the payment of the grant awards to be made during the month of August and September 2020, depending on the number of applications.