Brookdale Community College Cares Act Fund Frequently Asked Questions

What is the CARES Act?

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provided $6 billion to colleges nationwide for emergency student financial aid to be distributed to enrolled students who are Financial aid eligible and have expenses impacted by the COVID–19 virus.  The college continues to monitor on-going direction from the US Department of Education and may make changes as appropriate and in compliance with federal requirements.

Brookdale has decided to distribute their allocation of the CARES Emergency Grant by providing a one-time grant for each term offered, on a “first come, first served” basis beginning with the Spring 2020 term and is currently available for the Fall 2020 terms.

Who is eligible to apply?

The applicant must meet the general requirements for federal financial aid eligibility. If you have not yet completed a 2020-2021 FAFSA to determine eligibility requirements for HEERF/CARES Grant, you may do so at  If you filed a 2020-2021 FAFSA and meet financial aid eligibility requirements, AND have extraordinary financial hardship related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus pandemic, you can apply.

How do I apply?

If you completed your FAFSA and are ‘financial aid eligible”, there will be a link to the application in your Brookdale email. Invitations to apply are sent out weekly beginning the first week of September. Selections will be made on a first come first served basis.

What if I did not get anything in my Brookdale email?

If you have not received an application you do not meet the requirements. If you enroll during Fall, and meet the requirements at that time, there will be another opportunity to apply.

How much money can I get?

Selections will be made on a first come first served basis. Each student selected will receive a lump sum of the same amount. The final determination will be based on the applicant pool and funds available. You may not receive more than one CARES Act fund award per reporting term.

How will I know if I have been selected?

An email will be sent to your Brookdale email account letting you know the results of your application. Selections will be made based on your Fall enrollment status, financial aid eligibility requirements and on a first come first served bases until funds available for the Fall term are depleted.

When will I receive the funds?

Applicants will be reviewed after the add/drop period of the term and transmitted each week thereafter. Upon final approval of your CARES Act application, the funds will be released to you within one week.

How will I receive the funds?

The funds will be released to you based on your selected refund preference. Please sign up for the e-check process now. In Web Advisor under Financial Information click on My Preferred Refund Method. If you do not sign up for the e-check process, a check will be mailed to the address we have on your college record, which could delay receipt of funds.

How can I spend the money?

You may spend the money on expenses related to COVID-19 as you indicated on your application.

Are there other funds available if I am not financial aid eligible or do not get selected?

Please watch for information from the Brookdale Community College Foundation.

What if I have other questions?

You can email or call The One Stop Call Center at 732-224-2020.