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COVID-19 And Care Act Information

Information for Students, Faculty, Staff & Community

MASKING UPDATE: As we have throughout the pandemic, the College continues to follow CDC guidance and monitor COVID numbers in our area. In keeping with new guidance from the CDC and decreasing case, hospitalization and death rates in Rockingham County, masks are now optional in all campus buildings for all students, faculty, staff and visitors, both vaccinated and unvaccinated.

If your question is not answered on this page,
please email covid-19@bridgewater.edu


FAQs for Students


If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 not otherwise explained by a regularly occurring medical condition (e.g., seasonal allergies), please wear a mask, refrain from close contact (someone who was less than 6 feet away from a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (rapid antigen or laboratory-confirmed) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with others, email covid-19@bridgewater.edu to notify the College that you are symptomatic and arrange to test (rapid antigen or laboratory-confirmed)immediately. 

We recommend you wear a high-quality mask and follow VDH guidance on next steps after a close contact (someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (rapid antigen or laboratory-confirmed)) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) exposure.  You can arrange to test (rapid antigen or laboratory-confirmed)on day 5 after the close contact.  If you remain symptom-free you may attend class as usual during this time. 

Masks are required in the Student Health Clinic at all times.  Masks are recommended when you are 1) experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, 2) after exposure from a close contact (someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (rapid antigen or laboratory-confirmed)for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period), and 3)  when around others after testing positive (rapid antigen or laboratory-confirmed).

New students must submit evidence of the following immunizations:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Meningitis
  • Current TDAP (within 10 years)
  • Primary COVID vaccination and COVID booster if booster eligible

Questions can be directed to Health Services at 540-828-5384.

Check out the Virginia Department of Health website here: https://vase.vdh.virginia.gov/vdhapps/f?p=vasereg:vaccinationappointments


You should not attend classes if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested (rapid antigen or laboratory-confirmed)positive for COVID-19.  Please notify your professors as soon as possible about being absent from class and how you can make up any missed course content.  You should wear a mask; refrain from close contact (someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (rapid antigen or laboratory-confirmed)) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with others; email covid-19@bridgewater.edu to notify the College that you are symptomatic; and contact the Student Health Clinic (540-828-5384) or arrange to be tested (rapid antigen or laboratory-confirmed) as soon as possible.   

You can have your provider complete the medical exemption form and submit it here: bridgewater.edu/health-records-manager

No, there are no additional vaccination requirements. As a student-athlete, there are additional medical requirements (i.e. annual physical, sickle cell trait verification, consent forms). For additional information on athletic medical requirements, please see: bridgewatereagles.com/atc/preparticipationforms

You can download the religious exemption form and submit it here:
bridgewater.edu/health-records-manager

FAQs for Employees


If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 not otherwise explained by a regularly occurring medical condition (e.g., seasonal allergies, please wear a mask, refrain from close contact (someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (rapid antigen or laboratory-confirmed)for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with others, email humanresources@bridgewater.edu to notify the College that you are symptomatic and arrange to test (rapid antigen or laboratory-confirmed) immediately.

Masks are required in the Student Health Clinic at all times.  Masks are recommended when you are 1) experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, 2) after exposure from a close contact (someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (rapid antigen or laboratory-confirmed)) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period), and 3) when around others after testing arrange to test (rapid antigen or laboratory-confirmed) positive.

If needed, work with your supervisor to determine if your job may be performed from home. If so, you may do so when needed and if your health permits.

Please review the updated Emergency Paid COVID Leave Policy (EPCL). Please contact Human Resources staff with questions.


We recommend you wear a high-quality mask and follow VDH guidance on next steps after a close contact (someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (rapid antigen or laboratory-confirmed)for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) exposure.  You can arrange to test (rapid antigen or laboratory-confirmed) on day 5 after the close contact.  If you remain symptom-free you may continue to come to campus.

Do not report to work, promptly contact humanresources@bridgewater.edu and follow VDH guidance for isolation and monitoring of symptoms after a positive test. (This includes employees, volunteers and contractors.) Decisions about your presence on, or return to, campus will be determined by the College based on the criteria in the CDC’s “Isolation Guidance.

Yes, faculty and staff may use time from the 80 hours of emergency COVID-19 paid time off we granted each employee at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. An employee may use up to three hours of EPCL per vaccine appointment. EPCL may also be requested in lieu of PTO if you experience side effects caused by the vaccine and you are unable to work. Please notify your supervisor of your EPSL requests.

Anyone experiencing any of the symptoms below must contact either Human Resources at 540-828-5393 or humanresources@bridgewater.edu (employees) or covid-19@bridgewater.edu (students). Students should contact health services at 540-828-5381 to set up an appointment to be tested.

The symptoms and signs of possible COVID-19 infection include one or more of the following:

  • Cough
  • Unusual shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever of 100.4 or above
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Runny nose or new sinus congestion
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • New gastrointestinal symptoms
  • New loss of taste or smell

Bridgewater College has utilized all of the Education Stabilization Funds (ESF) it has received from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) set up by the federal government to combat the effects COVID-19 on our campus. We have been able to use these funds to great effect, giving back to our student community and fortifying our institution during the challenges of the 2020 pandemic and beyond. To see a detailed annual breakdown of how the College has stewarded our federal funds, please visit https://covid-relief-data.ed.gov/profile/entity/066003070, or view the public notices below put out by the College during the various phases of the HEERF relief period.

CARES Act

Update 5-18-20

The direct deposit payments for the CARES Act Emergency Grants have been authorized today. If you are eligible for the grant AND completed registration for direct deposit, you should have received a system-generated email informing you of the pending payment. It may take a couple days for the banks (yours and the College’s) to complete the transaction. Please contact Student Accounts if you believe you should receive a grant by direct deposit and do not see it in your bank account by Friday of this week.

We will begin printing checks for grant payments tomorrow. As noted previously, processing and mailing paper checks will take a bit longer than usual due to remote work conditions for our staff. If you are eligible for the CARES grant and did not choose direct deposit, please allow two weeks for receipt of your check, at the mailing address on file with the College.

Update 5-14-20: Cares Act Emergency Grants for Students

The CARES Act Emergency Grants have been credited to eligible student accounts. The grant, in the amount of $575, is identified on your account with the designation “CARES Act Emergency Grant”. In accordance with federal guidelines, we initiated a request last week with the College’s bank to establish a separate checking account from which to distribute the funds. This will enable the most accurate tracking of student payments and allow for required federal reporting. The bank has advised us that the set up for this account may take several more days. We have requested expedited handling of our request, and will update this page when payments have been issued. Please continue to be patient with this process. We are getting very close!

Update 5-13-20: Cares Act Emergency Grants for Students

The CARES Act Emergency Grants have been credited to eligible student accounts. The grant, in the amount of $575, is identified on your account with the designation “CARES Act Emergency Grant”. In accordance with federal guidelines, we initiated a request last week with the College’s bank to establish a separate checking account from which to distribute the funds. This will enable the most accurate tracking of student payments and allow for required federal reporting. The bank has advised us that the set up for this account may take several more days. We have requested expedited handling of our request, and will update this page when payments have been issued. Please continue to be patient with this process. We are getting very close!

What if I don’t see the CARES grant on my account?

The US Department of Education (DeptEd) provided guidance subsequent to the initial funding announcement, restricting eligibility for the grants to students who are eligible for federal Title IV student aid. The College has communicated directly, via email, with those students who we believe are not eligible under the guidelines, and provided additional information. Generally, if you have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the College, you are eligible for this grant. If you believe you are eligible for federal student aid under Title IV and do not see the CARES grant credited to your student account, please contact the Financial Aid office at finaid@bridgewater.edu.

What do I need to do now?

Nothing! A refund request form will not be required to receive the CARES Act Emergency Grant ($575). We will process those account credits as an automatic payment, separate from fee refunds. As noted above, federal reporting requirements for the grants necessitated a new account setup with the College’s bank. We are waiting on that final account setup now, which has been slower than usual due to COVID-19 impacts within the banking industry. We are reminding our bank partners daily that our students are waiting on these grants, and they have promised to expedite our request as much as possible. We would like to provide a definite date for disbursement of the grants, but we simply do not have one as of today. We will update this page when direct deposit payments have been issued and the schedule for paper checks is known. 

As noted several times, direct deposit will be the fastest and most secure way to receive these payments. Thanks to many of you who have responded to this recommendation and completed the direct deposit registration! 

There is still time to sign up for direct deposit if you have not already done so. This is a separate direct deposit sign-up from the one you may have completed for student wages in the Paycom system. If you are a student employee, that direct deposit registration will not transfer to Student Accounts. As a reminder, follow these instructions if you need to sign up for direct deposit of student account funds:  

For Direct Deposit: Login to myBCselect Self Service Menu, select Banking Information, and select Add Account.  Complete the form. This will be the most secure and fastest way to receive any refunds or credits from your account. If you do not have a bank account, paper checks will be mailed to the address on file. Due to the current remote working requirements for College staff, the paper checks will take longer to process.

How can I use the money I receive from the CARES Act Emergency Grant?

The US Department of Education (DeptEd) requires that the student funds be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). When the pandemic caused the College’s transition to online-only instruction and the effective closure of our campus, every enrolled student experienced some degree of financial challenge. We’ve heard from many of you and understand you incurred unexpected costs related to internet service at home, additional devices needed to remotely access campus resources or additional living expenses at home. For this reason, the College elected to distribute the CARES student funds equally to all eligible students. In accordance with DeptEd guidance above, you may not leave the CARES Act Emergency Grant on your student account to pay an outstanding balance or a deposit. 

What if I don’t want/need this grant?

If you do not believe you have incurred expenses such as those indicated by DeptEd and described above, or for some other reason do not wish to receive the grant, please contact Student Accounts at student_accounts@bridgewater.edu as soon as possible. Any unclaimed grants will be placed into a special fund for supplemental COVID-related emergency student grants, in accordance with DeptEd guidelines. In other words, any declined grants will help other students in need, and will not be used for any other College purpose.

Are the CARES emergency grants taxable?

The College is not advising students on the potential tax consequences of these payments. We suggest you monitor information provided by the Internal Revenue Service and/or consult with a tax professional if you have questions.

download the Cares Act Public Report (5/26/20)
REQUIRED REPORTING ON CARES ACT EMERGENCY STUDENT GRANTSUpdated: May 26, 2020Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act requires institutions to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received from Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). Accordingly, the following information must appear in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public 30 days after the date when the institution received itsallocation under 18004(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter:

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on April 15, 2020. The College intends to use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

  1. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

 

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College received $899,990 on April 30, 2020 from the Department pursuant to the College’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. This amount represented 50% of the total amount of funds received by the College under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  1. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

RESPONSE:        The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of May 26, 2020 is $876,875.

  1. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:        The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as of March 13, 2020 was 1551.

  1. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid

Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:        The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of May 26, 2020 is 1525.

  1. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College allocated the total grant amount equally to eligible students who were enrolled at the College on March 13, 2020, which was the closing date for the residence halls on our campus. Students were instructed to inform the College if they did not incur eligible expenses, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education, or if the student for any other reason declined the grant. Any student grant funds that remain after all payments are disbursed will be made available to students with financial need using guidelines that will be based on guidance from the Department.

  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

RESPONSE:        All instructions, directions and guidance provided to students concerning the CARES Act Emergency Grants for Students have been posted on this COVID-19 & CARES Act Information page. See specifically messages dated April 16, April 22 and May 18 with subject lines referencing the CARES grants.

July 10, 2020

Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act requires institutions to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received from Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). Accordingly, the following information must appear in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 18004(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter:

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on April 15, 2020. The College intends to use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

  1. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College received $899,990 on April 30, 2020 from the Department pursuant to the College’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. This amount represented 50% of the total amount of funds received by the College under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  1. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

RESPONSE:        The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of July 10, 2020 is $895,275.

  1. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:        The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as of March 13, 2020 was 1,559.

  1. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:        The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of July 10, 2020 is 1557.

  1. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College allocated the total grant amount equally to eligible students who were enrolled at the College on March 13, 2020, which was the closing date for the residence halls on our campus. Students were instructed to inform the College if they did not incur eligible expenses, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education, or if the student for any other reason declined the grant. Any student grant funds that remain after all payments are disbursed will be made available to students with financial need using guidelines that will be based on guidance from the Department.

  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

RESPONSE:        All instructions, directions and guidance provided to students concerning the CARES Act Emergency Grants for Students have been posted on this COVID-19 & CARES Act Information page. See specifically messages dated April 16, April 22 and May 18 with subject lines referencing the CARES grants.

August 24, 2020

Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act requires institutions to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received from Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). Accordingly, the following information must appear in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 18004(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter:

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on April 15, 2020. The College intends to use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

  1. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College received $899,990 on April 30, 2020 from the Department pursuant to the College’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. This amount represented 50% of the total amount of funds received by the College under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  1. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

RESPONSE:        The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of August 24, 2020 is $895,275.

  1. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:        The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as of March 13, 2020 was 1,559.

  1. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:        The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of August 24, 2020 is 1557.

  1. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College allocated the total grant amount equally to eligible students who were enrolled at the College on March 13, 2020, which was the closing date for the residence halls on our campus. Students were instructed to inform the College if they did not incur eligible expenses, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education, or if the student for any other reason declined the grant. Any student grant funds that remain after all payments are disbursed will be made available to students with financial need using guidelines that will be based on guidance from the Department.

  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

RESPONSE:        All instructions, directions and guidance provided to students concerning the CARES Act Emergency Grants for Students have been posted on this page. See specifically messages dated May 18, May 26, July 10, and August 24 with subject lines referencing the CARES grants.

October 12, 2020

Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act requires institutions to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received from Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). Accordingly, the following information must appear in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 18004(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter:

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on April 15, 2020. The College intends to use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

  1. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College received $899,990 on April 30, 2020 from the Department pursuant to the College’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. This amount represented 50% of the total amount of funds received by the College under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  1. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

RESPONSE:        The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of October 12, 2020 is $895,275.

  1. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:        The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as of March 13, 2020 was 1,559.

  1. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:        The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of October 12, 2020 is 1557.

  1. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College allocated the total grant amount equally to eligible students who were enrolled at the College on March 13, 2020, which was the closing date for the residence halls on our campus. Students were instructed to inform the College if they did not incur eligible expenses, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education, or if the student for any other reason declined the grant. Any student grant funds that remain after all payments are disbursed will be made available to students with financial need using guidelines that will be based on guidance from the Department.

  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

RESPONSE:        All instructions, directions and guidance provided to students concerning the CARES Act Emergency Grants for Students have been posted on this page. See specifically messages dated May 18, May 26, July 10, August 24, and October 12, 2020 with subject lines referencing the CARES grants.

November 23, 2020 – final

Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act requires institutions to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received from Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). Accordingly, the following information must appear in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 18004(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter:

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on April 15, 2020. The College intends to use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

  1. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College received $899,990 on April 30, 2020 from the Department pursuant to the College’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. This amount represented 50% of the total amount of funds received by the College under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  1. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

RESPONSE:        The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of November 23, 2020 is $899,990.

  1. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:        The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as of March 13, 2020 was 1,559.

  1. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:        The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of October 12, 2020 is 1557.

  1. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College allocated the total grant amount equally to eligible students who were enrolled at the College on March 13, 2020, which was the closing date for the residence halls on our campus. Students were instructed to inform the College if they did not incur eligible expenses, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education, or if the student for any other reason declined the grant. Any student grant funds that remain after all payments are disbursed will be made available to students with financial need using guidelines that will be based on guidance from the Department.

  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

RESPONSE:        All instructions, directions and guidance provided to students concerning the CARES Act Emergency Grants for Students have been posted on this page. See specifically messages dated May 18, May 26, July 10, August 24, and October 12, 2020 with subject lines referencing the CARES grants.

CRRSAA Notices

April 30, 2021

Section 314(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAAA) requires institutions to use “the same amount” in CRRSAAA financial aid grants to students as was required under the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). Accordingly, the following information must appear in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 314(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter:

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, the same amount of the funds from the Section 314(a)(1) CRRSAAA grant that were received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on April 15, 2020 to receive the CARES Act funding. No other application was necessary to receive the additional HEERF funding under CRRSAAA. The College intends to use the same amount of the funds from Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAAA to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students as were received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  1. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College received $899,990 on April 6, 2021 from the Department pursuant to the College’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. This amount represents the same amount of funds received by the College under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  1. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

RESPONSE:        The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA as of April 30, 2021 is $696,000.

  1. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA

RESPONSE:        The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as of April 6, 2021 was 470.

  1. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA.

RESPONSE:        The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA as of April 30, 2021 is 464.

  1. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College allocated the grant amount equally to eligible students who remained enrolled in the Spring 2021 semester by March 18th 2021. The College’s chose to award the grant to those undergraduate and graduate students that had expected family contributions (EFC) on their 2020-2021 FASFA form of $5,711 or less, which is the same monetary criteria for Pell grant eligibility. Any student grant funds that remain after all payments are disbursed will be made available to students with financial need in the Fall 2021 semester.

  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

RESPONSE:        All instructions, directions and guidance provided to students concerning the CRRSAA Emergency Grants for Students was communicated via email on 4/5/2021 to those students who were awarded the grant.

June 15, 2021

Section 314(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAAA) requires institutions to use “the same amount” in CRRSAAA financial aid grants to students as was required under the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). Accordingly, the following information must appear in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 314(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter:

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, the same amount of the funds from the Section 314(a)(1) CRRSAAA grant that were received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on April 15, 2020 to receive the CARES Act funding. No other application was necessary to receive the additional HEERF funding under CRRSAAA. The College intends to use the same amount of the funds from Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAAA to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students as were received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  1. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College received $899,990 on April 6, 2021 from the Department pursuant to the College’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. This amount represents the same amount of funds received by the College under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  1. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

RESPONSE:        The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA as of April 30, 2021 is $696,000.

  1. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA

RESPONSE:        The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as of April 6, 2021 was 470.

  1. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA.

RESPONSE:        The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA as of April 30, 2021 is 464.

  1. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College allocated the grant amount equally to eligible students who remained enrolled in the Spring 2021 semester by March 18th 2021. The College’s chose to award the grant to those undergraduate and graduate students that had expected family contributions (EFC) on their 2020-2021 FASFA form of $5,711 or less, which is the same monetary criteria for Pell grant eligibility. Any student grant funds that remain after all payments are disbursed will be made available to students with financial need in the Fall 2021 semester.

  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

RESPONSE:        All instructions, directions and guidance provided to students concerning the CRRSAA Emergency Grants for Students was communicated via email on 4/5/2021 to those students who were awarded the grant.

American Rescue Plan Notices

September 30, 2021

Section 2003(a)(1) of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act requires institutions to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received from ARP to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). Accordingly, the following information must appear in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public after the date when the institution received its allocation under 2003(a)(1) and updated quarterly thereafter:

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on April 15, 2020. The College intends to use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. This agreement complicitly carries over to the subsequent receipts under the CRRSAA and ARP Acts, by which the College received its subsequent funding under the same grant funding opportunity number with the Department of Education.

  1. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College received authorization to receive and spend $2,338,491 in late May, 2021 from the Department pursuant to the College’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. This amount represented 50% of the total amount of funds authorized to the College under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP Act.

  1. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of this quarterly Report and every quarter thereafter).

RESPONSE:        The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP Act as of September 30, 2021 is $1,190,000.

  1. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP Act.

RESPONSE:        The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as of June 21, 2021 was 1241.

  1. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP Act.

RESPONSE:        The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP Act as of September 30, 2021 is 784.

  1. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP Act.

RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College allocated the grant amount equally to eligible students who confirmed enrollment in the Fall 2021 semester by August 2th 2021. The College’s chose to award the grant to those undergraduate and graduate students that had expected family contributions (EFC) on their 2021-2022 FASFA form of $16,000 or less. Students were given the option to opt-in to applying the grant towards their Fall 2021 bill. If a choice was not given, the students received the funds directly.

  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

RESPONSE:         All instructions, directions and guidance provided to students concerning the CRRSAA Emergency Grants for Students was communicated via email on July 14, 2021 to those students who were awarded the grant.

December 31, 2021

Section 2003(a)(1) of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act requires institutions to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received from ARP to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). Accordingly, the following information must appear in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public after the date when the institution received its allocation under 2003(a)(1) and updated quarterly thereafter:

  • 1) An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
    • RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on April 15, 2020. The College intends to use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. This agreement complicitly carries over to the subsequent receipts under the CRRSAA and ARP Acts, by which the College received its subsequent funding under the same grant funding opportunity number with the Department of Education.
  • 2) The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
    • RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College received authorization to receive and spend $2,338,491 in late May, 2021 from the Department pursuant to the College’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. This amount represented 50% of the total amount of funds authorized to the College under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP Act.
  • 3) The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of this quarterly Report and every quarter thereafter).
    • RESPONSE:        The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP Act as of December 31, 2021 is $1,195,000.
  • 4) The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP Act.
    • RESPONSE:        The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as of June 21, 2021 was 1,241.
  • 5) The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP Act.
    • RESPONSE:        The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP Act as of December 31, 2021 is 786.
  • 6) The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP Act.
    • RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College allocated the grant amount equally to eligible students who confirmed enrollment in the Fall 2021 semester by August 2th 2021. The College’s chose to award the grant to those undergraduate and graduate students that had expected family contributions (EFC) on their 2021-2022 FASFA form of $16,000 or less. Students were given the option to opt-in to applying the grant towards their Fall 2021 bill. If a choice was not given, the students received the funds directly.
  • 7) Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
    • RESPONSE:         All instructions, directions and guidance provided to students concerning the ARPA Emergency Grants for Students was communicated via email on July 14, 2021 to those students who were awarded the grant.

March 31, 2022

Section 2003(a)(1) of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act requires institutions to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received from ARP to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). Accordingly, the following information must appear in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public after the date when the institution received its allocation under 2003(a)(1) and updated quarterly thereafter:

  • 1) An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
    • RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on April 15, 2020. The College intends to use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. This agreement complicitly carries over to the subsequent receipts under the CRRSAA and ARP Acts, by which the College received its subsequent funding under the same grant funding opportunity number with the Department of Education.
  • 2) The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
    • RESPONSE:        Bridgewater College received authorization to receive and spend $2,338,491 in late May, 2021 from the Department pursuant to the College’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. This amount represented 50% of the total amount of funds authorized to the College under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP Act.
  • 3) The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of this quarterly Report and every quarter thereafter).
    • RESPONSE:        The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP Act as of December 31, 2021 is $1,195,000.
  • 4) The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP Act.
    • RESPONSE:        The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as of June 21, 2021 was 1,241.
  • 5) The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP Act.
    • RESPONSE:       The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP Act as of March 31, 2022 is 913
  • 6) The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP Act.
    • RESPONSE:       Bridgewater College allocated the grant amount equally to eligible students who confirmed enrollment in the Fall 2021 semester by August 2th 2021. The College’s chose to award the grant to those undergraduate and graduate students that had expected family contributions (EFC) on their 2021-2022 FASFA form of $16,000 or less. Students were given the option to opt-in to applying the grant towards their Fall 2021 bill. If a choice was not given, the students received the funds directly. In Spring 2022, the students within the same Expected Family Contribution (EFC) range on their 2021-2022 FAFSA was provided funds directly to them. Student were not provided an option this semester to opt-in to applying the balance to their bill.
  • 7) Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
    • RESPONSE:         All instructions, directions and guidance provided to students concerning the ARPA Emergency Grants for Students was communicated via email on July 14, 2021 to those students who were awarded the grant for the Fall 2021 semester. The notification was sent to students on January 26, 2022 for the Spring 2022 semester