Bristol Community College students enrolled in 2021 summer courses may be eligible to receive CARES Act funds. Eligible students have received information via their Bristol email address on how to apply for the funds. If students did not receive an email and or text about these funds, they were not eligible to receive the additional funding.

This money can be used for a variety of eligible expenses, including tuition and fees, food, housing, course materials, childcare and health care, and is provided through the Federal Government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

  • This money does not need to be repaid; it is a one-time emergency grant. 
  • You do not need to claim this money as income on your tax return forms. It also does not impact your financial aid package in any way.  
  • You must meet certain criteria to receive this funding, which includes completing the online form linked below. 
  • Even if you have received a prior CARES Act distribution, you may still be eligible to receive funds relating to this notice. 
  • The amount of money you receive will depend on several factors, including how many college credits you are currently taking as well as your financial need. The amount you qualify for will be listed within the form below.   

Please note
 that the CARES Act funds are different than the college’s CARE Fund. The Bristol Community College CARE Fund is not affiliated with the federal program and serves all Bristol students who may be struggling academically or with personal concerns at any time.

For more information, please review the CARES Act Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section, below.

To speak with someone from Bristol Community College about this opportunity, please call 774.357.CARE (774.357.2273) or email

CARES Act Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to receive the federal CARES Act funds?

Bristol continues to closely follow the Department of Education’s guidance on how to distribute these funds and established criteria that has enabled eligible students to apply for and receive CARES Act funds.

I completed the form. How do I know how much I am getting?

When you completed the form to request funds for the summer semester, there was an estimated amount provided on the form.

I have already received CARES Act funding in the past. Am I eligible to receive more?

If you applied for funds in the past, you may continue to be eligible to receive additional funding.

How are the distribution amounts decided?

The amount of money you receive depends on several factors. This includes how many credits you are taking as well as your financial need. Please note that these calculations were universally implemented; no one with the same calculation would have received more or less than others with the same requirements. 

When will awards be disbursed?

Funds will be disbursed at the end of August 2021.

How will I get my additional funding?

The funds will be disbursed through the college’s BankMobile processor and mobile app for student accounts by the end of August. If you already have an active BankMobile account, please visit to select how you would like to receive your additional funding using the instructions found in the email from BankMobile or mailed by Bristol Community College.

If you are a current Bristol student and you do not have a BankMobile account, you can open and activate an account, free of charge, at to receive your expedited payment.

To speak with someone from Bristol Community College about this opportunity, please call 774.357.CARE (774.357.2273) or email

Information about CARES Act Funding at Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement related to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to the U.S. Department of Education.  

The college will receive a total of $4.6 million. Bristol is thrilled that $2.3 million will go directly to the college’s students whose lives have been disrupted, many of whom are facing financial challenges and are struggling to make ends meet. Bristol Community College received and is distributing the CARES Act allocation earmarked for students who have experienced hardship during the coronavirus pandemic.  

Per HEERF requirements, Bristol Community College would like to share institutional CARES act expenses to date: 

The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of June 30, 2021, is $3,277,463.00 for 3,960 students.

We are closely following the United States Department of Education’s (DOE) guidance on how to distribute these funds and have established criteria that will enable approximately 4,700 eligible students to receive support. The DOE guidance states that these funds are to be used for providing emergency financial aid grants to students, for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses. 

Within the Bristol community, students will receive varying amounts of assistance. Grants are based on a student’s financial need, Title IV eligibility and course credits enrolled in the Spring or Fall 2020 semester. Based on the guidance provided by the DOE, international students, students not Title IV eligible, and students who were taking courses one hundred percent online prior to the pandemic were not eligible per federal guidelines. The College awarded students enrolled in the spring, the higher of 25% of spring Pell award, $25 per credit or $250. Because of the COVID 19 restrictions, the federal guidelines have changed slightly. The college may provide funding to students who are 100% online if they meet the other existing criteria as students enrolled in the Fall 2020 semester. The amounts awarded to Fall 2020 semester students will be based on the number of eligible students confirming their impact to the virus.

Students should check their Bristol email account frequently for communication regarding their eligibility. Students will need to respond to the email to acknowledge that they meet the requirements to receive funding. For students who have not completed a 2020-2021 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), there will be additional questions to verify their eligibility.

We believe that this is an equity-based distribution model that reflects our mission to assist our students yet acknowledges that we must consider individual financial needs. If a student does not receive an email in the coming weeks but needs assistance, they can contact the college to learn about additional opportunities for financial assistance.

For questions about the CARES Act please call 774-357-CARE (2273) or email