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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


Section 1: Guiding Principles

The health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students, and the public that interacts with Bridgewater College, is a priority in the development of policies and protocols for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. This Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan (the “Plan”) describes the implementation of health and safety guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI).

As our knowledge and understanding of the virus and the broader public health landscape continue to evolve, this Plan will be updated as appropriate. The College will review COVID-19 health- and safety-related data to direct its mitigation efforts and recommend changes in delivery of academic and support services on campus, if necessary.

This Plan is equivalent in all respects to a College policy. All employees are expected to comply fully with the policies, protocols and guidelines outlined in this Plan, as amended from time to time. Failure to do so may result in corrective action.

For purposes of this Plan, an individual is considered “fully vaccinated” (i) 14 days after a second dose in a two-dose series (currently Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine) or (ii) 14 days after a single-dose vaccine (currently Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine by Johnson & Johnson).

Section 2: Basic Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Measures

COVID-19 is a mild to severe respiratory illness caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and is primarily spread from person to person through respiratory droplets, generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, shouts or sings. One also may become infected by touching one’s mouth, nose or eyes after sharing or handling any object or touching a public surface contaminated by the virus. Because COVID-19 can be spread through contact with surfaces and objects, frequent handwashing, use of hand sanitizer, and cleaning and disinfecting public surfaces are important to prevent the spread of the disease. The College will provide adequate disinfection products, obtain and retain safety data sheets (SDSs) and instruct employees using the products about any personal protective equipment that is required for use.

Additional precautions and actions to take may include:

  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place or after blowing one’s nose, coughing, sneezing or touching one’s face.
  • Covering mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, throw the used tissue in the trash and immediately wash hands.
  • Avoiding surfaces that are touched by others as much as possible (e.g., phones, desks and other office equipment)
  • Avoiding others who appear to be sick or coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoiding crowds when entering and exiting buildings or spaces.
  • Installing shields or physical barriers where practical and permitted, subject to state building codes.

Cleaning and Disinfecting. Custodial Services (ABM) will follow CDC recommendations (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html) on frequencies and disinfectants. Common spaces in office areas will be cleaned using disinfectant to clean surfaces and frequently touched objects. Custodial staff will wear face coverings and gloves consistent with CDC guidance (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/respirator-use-faq.html). Additional disinfection of classroom surfaces, such as tabletops, chair armrests, and computer workstations, can be performed by faculty and students between classes as desired, using provided materials.

Facilities and/or custodial staff will provide disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer to all office areas and classrooms for use by students, faculty and staff. Each department is responsible for maintaining and ordering supplies of disinfecting wipes through the Facilities Department work order system. Employees should always read and follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product, and the College shall ensure employees are provided with and comply with those instructions.

Campus areas where known or suspected COVID-positive people have been or worked shall be cleaned and disinfected by Custodial Services prior to allowing other employees access to the areas.

Face Coverings. Effective March 22, 2022, the College will no longer require employees to wear face coverings in campus buildings. Members of our community may choose to continue to wear a face covering and the College supports such a decision. The College may modify the face covering requirements should public health conditions warrant or different guidance suggests. When wearing a face covering, the College encourages the use of a surgical, KN95 or N95 mask instead of a cloth face covering. If a cloth face covering is used, it should (i) fit snugly over the nose, mouth and chin; (ii) be made with two or more layers of a breathable fabric that is tightly woven (i.e., fabrics that do not let light pass through when held up to a light source); (iii) be secured to the head with ties, ear loops or elastic bands that go behind the head; and (iv) be a solid piece of material without slits, exhalation valves, visible holes, punctures or other openings. More information on acceptable face covering may be found on the CDC’s website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/masks.html). Face coverings may not display images or words that are inappropriate or offensive.

Meetings and Events. All meetings, conferences and special events should be evaluated to determine if they can be conducted virtually. If an in-person meeting is deemed important, minimize the size and duration of the meeting whenever possible. For events on campus, including athletics events, ceremonies and performances, the College will adhere to the latest guidance from VDH and CDC, and, to the extent applicable and not inconsistent with CDC and VDH guidance, relevant NCAA and Old Dominion Athletic Conference recommendations regarding spectator attendance at athletic events. Events that support the mission of the College and the health and safety of our students will be prioritized.

Dining Services.

Traveling by Vehicle. If travel is required for work, employees should ride alone in vehicles where operationally feasible.

Section 3: Identification and Isolation of Sick and/or Exposed Employees

The identification and isolation of infected and exposed College employees and volunteers and employees of subcontractors and others whose employees are on campus (collectively referred to in Section 3 as “employees”) is essential to limiting the spread of the virus. The following requirements and criteria apply to all employees.

Symptom Monitoring and Self-Assessment. Employees are to conduct symptom self-monitoring every morning before arriving on campus. All employees must be free of any symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 to be eligible to report to work, unless such symptoms are due to an existing known, unrelated health condition (e.g., seasonal allergies) or the individual has clearance from a qualified health care provider. Employees may use the self-monitoring questionnaire (https://bridgewater.app.box.com/s/t7s6dj15wrbh3vkpb71gw0z7pbas7tra) to ask themselves: “YES or NO, since yesterday, have I had any of the COVID-19-related symptoms or have I been exposed to the COVID-19 virus?” The College will provide periodic reminders to conduct symptom checks through signage and the College’s network systems accessed by employees.

The symptoms of COVID-19 include one or more of the following:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

The CDC’s most current list of symptoms is found here (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html).

Quarantine, Isolation and Return to Work. The College will immediately require an employee to leave campus (or remain away from campus) if they (i) receive a positive COVID-19 test, (ii) are diagnosed with COVID-19 by a licensed healthcare provider or (iii) experience COVID-19 symptoms not otherwise explained by a regularly occurring medical condition (e.g., seasonal allergies). The employee must remain away from campus until the employee (i) receives a negative result on a COVID-19 nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) (if the employee chooses to seek a NAAT test for confirmatory testing); (ii) meets the return to work criteria in the CDC’s “Isolation Guidance” (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html) or (iii) receives a recommendation to return to work from a licensed healthcare provider. If an employee does not have symptoms of COVID-19 but is identified as a “close contact” of someone with COVID-19, decisions about their presence on, or return to, campus will be determined by the College based on the criteria in the CDC’s “Isolation Guidance.” An employee experiencing a medical emergency should contact 911 immediately.

Leave Policies. In addition to its usual Paid Time Off policy, the College adopted an Emergency Paid COVID Leave Policy to address the impact of COVID-19. The Policy provides employees with up to 80 hours of emergency paid leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.

Remote Work Requests. Employees may request to work remotely for a variety of reasons, including COVID-19 risk status or childcare, for example. The College’s Remote Work policy is found here (https://policies.bridgewater.edu/remote-work-policy/).

Section 4: Non-Discrimination

A. No person shall discharge or in any way discriminate against an employee because the employee has exercised rights under the safety and health provisions of Title 40.1 of the Code of Virginia.

B. No person shall discharge or in any way discriminate against an employee who voluntarily provides and wears the employee’s own PPE, including but not limited to a respirator, face shield, gown or gloves, or face covering as described in this Plan if such equipment is not provided by the College, provided that the PPE does not create a greater hazard to the employee or create a serious hazard for other employees.

C. Nothing in this Plan shall limit an employee from refusing to do work or enter a location because of a reasonable fear of illness or death. The requirements of 16VAC25-60-110 contain the applicable requirements concerning discharge or discipline of an employee who has refused to complete an assigned task because of a reasonable fear of illness or death.

D. Concerns about compliance with the provisions of this Plan may be raised anonymously using the College’s Compliance and Ethics Online Reporting Form at https://www.bridgewater.edu/legal/compliance-and-ethics-program/anonymous-reporting-and-additional-contacts. All inquiries and all good-faith reports of suspected non-compliance, regardless of whether they are substantiated and regardless of the method of reporting, can be made free from fear of retaliation in accordance with the College’s Whistleblower Policy.

Approved By: Dr. David W. Bushman, President
Approval Date: November 2, 2020
Effective Date: November 2, 2020
Last Revision Date: March 22, 2022
Policy Owner: Provost and Executive Vice President

FAQs for Students


Masks are only required in the Student Health Clinic and are optional in other spaces.

July 1, 2022

  • Covid-19 vaccine and booster
  • TDAP (within the last 10 years)
  • Meningitis
  • Hepatitis B

Covid-19 vaccine and booster

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.

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

Please upload all documentation you have and contact Health Services at healthservices@bridgewater.edu for additional information. You will not be able to confirm enrollment or attend classes without uploading required documentation.

Please upload all documentation you have, and contact Health Services (540-828-5384) to discuss what your next steps should be. You will not be able to move in, eat at the dining hall, confirm enrollment, or attend classes until you upload proper documentation.

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


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

If you have not recently started any vaccination series for which you submitted an exemption, a new exemption form is not required. If you have started a vaccination series from which you were previously exempted, you will need to continue/complete that series OR submit an updated exemption form to the College.

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

Yes. If you are not eligible for the booster by your move-in date your health record is considered complete for the fall semester. BC students should receive the COVID booster once eligible.

Required health record documentation must be submitted and reviewed by Health Services before you are eligible to move in, attend classes, or eat in the dining hall.

If you have questions you may contact: Health Services (healthservices@bridgewater.edu) for clarification.
Residence Life (540-828-5685; reslife@bridgewater.edu) to adjust your move-in date.
Dr. Robert Hammill (540-828-5719; rhammill@bridgewater.edu) to discuss changes to your academic plans.

Note: you may not move in prior to your scheduled move in date.

Connect with Student Health Services (540-828-5384; healthservices@bridgewater.edu) to make them aware of your current vaccination status. Contact Residence Life (540-828-5685; reslife@bridgewater.edu) to notify residence life that you will not be able to move in on your scheduled date. Reach out to Dr. Robert Hammill in Academic Affairs (540-828-5719; rhammill@bridgewater.edu) to discuss your classes.

No.

FAQs for Employees


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.


Anyone who (i) tests positive for COVID-19, (ii) is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 not otherwise explained by a regularly occurring medical condition (e.g., seasonal allergies), or (iii) is a “close contact” (as defined by the CDC) of someone with COVID-19, must promptly notify Human Resources at humanresources@bridgewater.edu. (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