Update: In compliance with the Phase Plan initiated by Bay Mills Tribal Council, Bay Mills Community College is operating with limited staff for services by appointment only. All visitors and staff are expected to wear masks upon entering the building and while conducting face-to-face meetings. Thank you for your patience. We will continue to keep everyone updated.
Bay Mills Indian Community is currently under Level 3 provisions. A copy of the Phase policy can be found here.
Summer classes will continue online only. Fall classes are still planned as scheduled for on-campus and online instruction.
Bay Mills Community College received $222,497 from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) under the CARES Act, of which $111,249 is designated to provide emergency financial aid grants to students who were impacted by the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. BMCC plans to use the remaining funds to pay for other unexpected expenses or distribute additional emergency grants to students.
The U.S. Department of Education provides guidance and recommendations regarding funding eligibility and requirements.
To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:
Note: A student who has not yet completed a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid must do so (fafsa.ed.gov) by June 30 to be eligible for a CARES Act emergency grant. Even though a student may not qualify for the Pell grant, they may be eligible for this funding. BMCC also requires the high school diploma or GED on file.
BMCC will calculate the award for spring, 2020 semester based on the enrollment status as of March 13, 2020. The following amounts will be awarded:
To ease the burden on students and distribute these funds more quickly, an application will not be required. BMCC has identified which students meet the eligibility requirements and will notify them by email.
Checks will be issued and mailed to the student address on file. By accepting the payment, students are certifying that the emergency grant was used for eligible expenses, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare, related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.
The CARES Act emergency grants may not be used toward outstanding balances on student accounts. Students may receive this funding and still owe a bill for tuition, fees, or other charges.
Students who Complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA after May 26, 2020
Students who meet the other eligibility requirements but have not completed a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should do so immediately at fafsa.gov. Even if a student is not eligible for a Pell grant, they may qualify for this funding. The FAFSA must be completed no later than June 30, 2020, but students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible because funding is limited.
Financial Aid Staff will process the 2019-2020 FAFSA’s submitted after May 26, 2020 to determine whether the student is eligible. If funds are available, Financial Aid will notify the student by email.
BMCC will begin issuing checks to students on June 1, 2020.
Checks will be issued to students who meet the eligibility requirements based on FAFSA’s submitted after May 26, as they are processed while funding lasts.
Why do I need to complete the FAFSA to receive this funding?
The Department of Education requires students to be “Title IV” eligible to receive a CARES Act student emergency grant. Having a FAFSA on file is the only practicable way to determine whether the student meets the following Title IV eligibility criteria:
What do you mean by satisfactory academic progress?
Federal law requires all students who receive federal financial aid to make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward their degree. Your academic performance must meet the following standards:
If you fail to meet the SAP standards, you will be placed on financial aid warning or suspension. Students on SAP warning are still eligible to receive the CARES Act emergency grants. Students on SAP suspension are not eligible.
Do these funds need to be repaid?
No. These are grants and do not have to be paid back.
Will this funding affect my financial aid in the future?
No. This grant will not be used in calculating your current or future financial aid awards.
What if I owe BMCC for tuition and/or other fees?
BMCC cannot use any of the CARES Act student emergency grant funds toward outstanding balances. If awarded a grant, students will receive the full amount of the grant. Any outstanding balance owed to BMCC will remain the responsibility of the student.
I think I am eligible but did not receive an emergency grant. Who should I contact?
Please contact the Financial Aid Staff at email@example.com.
Do I need to keep receipts of how these funds were spent?
No. BMCC will not require receipts or other documentation of how you spent the funds, but you are required to use this money for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and child care.
Is this funding taxable?
No. Per the IRS website, “Emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act for unexpected expenses, unmet financial need, or expenses related to the disruption of campus operations on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as unexpected expenses for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, or childcare, are qualified disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code. This grant is not includible in your gross income.”