The State Board of Community Colleges announces the allocation of Hurricane Florence Emergency Grants for Community College Students including students enrolled at Brunswick Community College (BCC) for the Academic Year of 2018-19.
The emergency money was made available by the NC General Assembly for the purpose of providing emergency grant funds in an amount of $1,250 per eligible student, per semester, to those who have suffered financial hardship due to the damage and destruction from Hurricane Florence.
The grant funds shall be used to mitigate the impact of Hurricane Florence so that a student may continue his or her education without interruption. These funds may be used to support a student’s continued enrollment to cover costs related to transportation, textbooks, tuition, fees, and living expenses.
Do I qualify?
If you answer “yes” to all three statements, you may qualify:
- You are enrolled at BCC at the time of application for grant funds;
- You have a financial need related to the impact of Hurricane Florence and grant funds are needed to mitigate the impact so you may remain enrolled at BCC; and
- You were enrolled in BCC courses on September 10, 2018; or you resided temporarily or permanently in an impacted county on September 10, 2018.
How do I Apply?
- Complete the Student Application for Emergency Grant form. A downloadable form is available at the bottom of this webpage and is also available in the Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management, located in Building A.
- The application form requires a brief paragraph detailing your financial need, identifying the amount of funds you are requesting for each category expense (i.e. transportation, textbooks, tuition, fees, and living expenses) and sign the form. Only completed application forms will be accepted for processing.
- Return the completed, signed application form to the Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management. Applications may also be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management will send a confirmation email within 2-business days acknowledging received of your application.
We recommend eligible students to apply as soon as possible as funding for this grant expires on June 30, 2019. Funds are awarded to those in most need, on a first-come-first-serve basis, as funds remain available.
When are funds awarded?
- A Student Services representative will contact you via email once a decision is made regarding your application.
- Eligible applicants may anticipate funds within 14 business days of receipt of application.
I don’t qualify; is there any other assistance available?
Students who are no longer enrolled at BCC, or those who have withdrawn from one or more courses in the Fall 2018 semester as a result of the impact of Hurricane Florence may be eligible to receive a tuition waiver for future re-enrollment in like-kind courses. Re-enrollment must occur in the like-kind course during the Spring 2019, Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 semester (i.e. ENG-111 Fall 2018 registration for ENG-111 Spring 2019).
How to Apply:
- Complete the Tuition Waiver Form. A downloadable form is available at the bottom of this webpage and is also available in the Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management.
- Submit a completed, signed, Tuition Waiver Form to the Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management.
- A confirmation email will be sent to you confirming receipt of your Tuition Waiver Form in approximately 2 business days of receipt and a follow-up email will be sent once your request has been processed. Requests will be processed as they are received; however, please allow at least 30 days for your request to be processed. Please understand that the date you submit your Tuition Waiver Form may impact the term for which you can re-enroll in the like-kind course given the 30-day waiver processing.
You should be aware that BCC also offers additional emergency funding for those in need such as the following:
- The Foundation office provides emergency grants with donated scholarship funds to assist students exclusively with the cost of tuition and fees if they encounter an emergency situation that prevents them from registering for courses.
- The College also has limited emergency funding available for course materials; and
- BCC is partnering with the local WIOA office to administer a Finish Line Grant for students who have completed at least 75% of the hours required of their desired degree program. Emergency assistance is offered for personal expenses like car repairs, day care and other temporary expenses that may prevent a student from completing their degree program.
BCC’s Student Services and Enrollment Management office along with BCC Foundation staff are knowledgeable about the various grant funds available and can help you through the application processes when needs are made known.