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PBSC to distribute emergency cash grants to students

Happy student looking at cell phoneStarting today, Palm Beach State College will begin accepting applications and distributing more than $9.4 million in emergency cash grants directly to students whose lives and education have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The grants are from the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for students to use for Covid-19 related expenses such as course materials and technology, food, housing, health care and childcare. For the first round of $500 grants, PBSC identified 13,500 Title IV-eligible students currently enrolled this semester. That population includes those who are eligible for Pell grants, Work-Study, subsidized and unsubsidized student loans and other federal financial aid programs. The students will receive an email and text message May 1 with an application and instructions for applying for the funds.

“We’re working as fast as we can to get these funds into the hands of our students, who are committed to completing their education despite the pandemic and the challenges it has caused,’’ said Eddie Viera, PBSC Financial Aid director, who has been working with a team at the College to develop the distribution plan.

In a second round of distributions, the College also will contact via email 9,000 other currently enrolled students who completed a Free Application for Federal Students Aid (FAFSA) and qualified only for a federal student loan but did not move forward with the process. Viera said they will determine whether students in that population meet all federal qualifications for the funds.

While these grants are $500, Viera said students facing major challenges and have greater financial needs might qualify for other financial aid to help keep them in school and on track to graduating.  “Our goal is help students explore all options to complete their educational goals,’’ Viera said.

The CARES Act provides nearly $14 billion to support postsecondary education students and institutions. It requires colleges and universities to collectively use $6.28 billion for the cash grants to students.

Institutions can use the second half of their allocation to “cover costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus,” according to the U.S. Department of Education. PBSC received a total of   $18,933,435.  The College is working on plans for use of the remaining institutional funds.

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44 comments on “PBSC to distribute emergency cash grants to students”

    1. Students who qualify will receive an email and text message May 1 with an application and instructions for applying for the funds.

      1. I received an email about it but it only has a link sending me to this page. Where do I fill out the application?

  1. Is this for students starting summer classes also. What do I need to do I can’t file or do FAFSA

    1. The emergency grants are available at this time for Title-4 eligible students currently enrolled for the Spring Term. However, you can complete the FAFSA to be considered for financial aid in the summer. Please visit our Financial Aid website. We are working virtually, but we are here to help you. I’m not clear about your statement that you “can’t file a FAFSA.” Therefore, please arrange a virtual appointment perhaps with a financial aid advisor to explore your options. http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/financialaid

      1. For the first round of $500 grants, PBSC identified 13,500 Title IV-eligible students currently enrolled this semester. That population includes those who are eligible for Pell grants, Work-Study, subsidized and unsubsidized student loans and other federal financial aid programs. The students will receive an email and text message May 1 with an application and instructions for applying for the funds.

    1. Title IV-eligible students who are in good academic standing will receive the funds. We encourage students to provide or update their direct deposit information as noted in the email sent to those who qualify. Our goal is to disburse the funds within two weeks.

    2. Does anyone know of any class-action lawsuits being filed for tuition reimbursements for Spring 2020 semester? ALL students should be refunded for their tuition this semester no matter what their financial need is. PBSC cannot keep money for services and access they DID NOT provide. If I wanted to take online classes, I would have signed up for them! We were denied access to facilities and resources we would have otherwise had access to if enrolled in campus classes. The college experience is about more than course credits. There’s value to the personal interaction students get with faculty and other students.

    1. Title IV-eligible students who are in good academic standing will receive the funds. We encourage students to provide or update their direct deposit information as noted in the email sent to those who qualify. Our goal is to disburse the funds within two weeks.

      1. It’s not fair you’re only choosing some people for this grant. I’m out of work for over a month, and taking these online classes were brutal, and I didn’t receive an email. It’s not fair

    1. Our goal is to disburse the funds within two weeks to students who qualify. Students should be sure to provide or update their direct deposit information as noted in the emails sent to all students who qualify.

  2. When will our funds be disbursed? How long until we receive approval email if approved?

    1. Our goal is to disburse the funds within two weeks. If you qualify for the funds, please be sure to read the email that you received and follow all instructions, including setting up a direct deposit. Please review the below section of the story.

      For the first round of $500 grants, PBSC identified 13,500 Title IV-eligible students currently enrolled this semester. That population includes those who are eligible for Pell grants, Work-Study, subsidized and unsubsidized student loans and other federal financial aid programs. The students will receive an email and text message May 1 with an application and instructions for applying for the funds.

    1. Good luck figuring it out. I’ve tried to communicate with many people at the college and they either don’t know what I am talking about or giving me inaccurate information. They are all over the place man.

      1. I’m sorry that you have experienced challenges. You would not need to reach the College, the College will contact you if you qualify. Please see this part of the story.

        For the first round of $500 grants, PBSC identified 13,500 Title IV-eligible students currently enrolled this semester. That population includes those who are eligible for Pell grants, Work-Study, subsidized and unsubsidized student loans and other federal financial aid programs. The students will receive an email and text message May 1 with an application and instructions for applying for the funds.

        1. As I have said to the college..not looking to see if I qualify . I do I got the email..I’m just asking when will we receive approval emails like it says..and when will disbursements be made?!

          1. Thank you. Our goal is to disburse the funds within two weeks. Title IV-eligible students who are in good academic standing will receive the funds. We encourage students to provide or update their direct deposit information. We want to ensure that we have accurate information for students.

        2. What about the people who are about to be evicted and lose their car and stuff? Should we just stop eating and start walking everywhere? Where is the government? I am about to be homeless and I haven’t heard a peep from anyone. Ugh. I thought College was gonna be fun.

      2. Exactly my sister and bestfriend college approved them that same day and they received there funds four days later seems like palm beach state college all over the place maybe whoever behind it doesn’t know what there doing!

    2. Title IV-eligible students who are in good academic standing will receive the funds. We encourage students to provide or update their direct deposit information as noted in the email sent to those who qualify. Our goal is to disburse the funds within two weeks.

    1. For the first round of $500 grants, PBSC identified 13,500 Title IV-eligible students currently enrolled this semester. That population includes those who are eligible for Pell grants, Work-Study, subsidized and unsubsidized student loans and other federal financial aid programs. The students will receive an email and text message May 1 with an application and instructions for applying for the funds.

      1. I qualified for a Pell grant and received a text and email but if was just telling me about the grant and gave me two links that sent me to this page. No application. ???

  3. Do PSAV students (welding) qualify for the CARES act? I understand there isn’t a way to apply without receiving the email/text first, correct?

    1. For the first round of $500 grants, PBSC identified 13,500 Title IV-eligible students currently enrolled this semester. That population includes those who are eligible for Pell grants, Work-Study, subsidized and unsubsidized student loans and other federal financial aid programs. The students will receive an email and text message May 1 with an application and instructions for applying for the funds.

  4. What about the people who were were taking other actions to keep up with their studies, such as free classes and using the available tools to use, and were affected by COVID-19, resulting in being unable to keep up do to its effects?

  5. When will the second round of distributions begin? When can we expect an email for the application if we are eligible?

  6. When will the second round of emails/texts go out? I know I qualify and did not get an email the first time around. I have high costs for books and class starts June 1, which does not leave me much time to purchase them before class starts.

  7. When will I know if I will be receiving the CARES $500? I got the emails and finished the application a few days ago. Thank you so much PBSC!

  8. I had received notification thru text and email to apply for CARES Act grant on May 1st so I applied within 15 minutes, was notified on May 7th I was being reviewed and yesterday to my surprise I was approved for the $500 which was deposited into my account this morning. THANK YOU PALM BEACH STATE! I didn’t think I would receive anything but awesome surprise! #Blessed #PBSC

  9. Ive tried to update my direct deposit Information and it does not save it. Who do I need to contact?

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