by Bethel University
Bethel CARES About Its Wildcats!
President Walter Butler announces the establishment of the Bethel CARES Fund. "This unprecedented time has brought so many challenges for our Bethel community, our students and their families. We have worked diligently to meet the requirements so that we might receive funding that has graciously been provided by the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act to benefit our students and their families,” stated President Butler.
Bethel University students will be provided $1,060,536.50 in emergency funding. These funds are being distributed to students to help offset additional expenses related to continuing education despite the closure of Bethel’s campuses due to COVID-19. The funding will be distributed based upon the following federal and institutional guidelines:
- Students must have been enrolled in a face-to-face course on March 13, 2020, as reported in the March 2020 enrollment report.
- Funds are prorated based upon full-time, three-quarters time, half-time, or less-than-half time enrollment status.
- Students must be a U.S. citizen to receive funding.
Funds should be used for qualifying expenses, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare. Funds to qualifying students will be disbursed via ACH for students that have most recently received funds from Bethel in this manner. Otherwise, checks will be mailed to the students’ home addresses that are on file with the University. Students do not need to complete an application to receive these funds. Students that will be receiving funds will be notified by mail next week. Funds will begin being disbursed by May 29, 2020.
Funds being disbursed are a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Bethel University has received this funding after completing the Certification and Agreement with the Department of Education and has agreed to disburse the required amount directly to students.