Daily COVID-19 Update: May 1, 2020

Dear Bereans,

This is the update for Friday, May 1, 2020.

Madison County update

There are no reported new cases, so that the total number remains at 27.  Several persons have been able to leave the hospital; one remains hospitalized; five are recovering at home, and 20 have fully recovered.

An upcoming announcement for the class of 2020

Class of 2020, we have a surprise for you! Keep an eye on our social media platforms this Sunday. #BereaProud #BereaGrad  

An announcement from the Administrative Committee

There have been a few suggestions that, if it is not safe to bring everyone back to campus, the College cancel instruction entirely for the upcoming Fall semester.  After careful consideration and consultation, the AC has decided that it is important and necessary for the welfare of our students that fall semester classes be held for all students.  Whether those classes will be offered on a remote basis, or in person, or a mixture of the two, of course, is yet to be decided.

An announcement from the Financial Aid Office regarding the CARES act – Berea College still awaits the federal funds

The CARES Act stimulus package, approved by Congress, includes emergency funds for college and university students whose studies/lives were disrupted by COVID-19, closure of campuses and the shift to distance learning.  Berea College has applied for this funding and hopes to receive monies later this month from the U. S. Department of Education.

Each school must determine how much funding is distributed to students based on requirements outlined by the Department of Education.    Some of the factors that determine the amount each student receives as a result of leaving campus include transportation, changes in arrangements for housing, food, internet access, and utilities, just to name a few.  Based on these factors, eligible Berea students will receive funding in amounts ranging between $100 and $1700. For many of you, the first part of the total payment (about 70%) should arrive to your bank account or by checks issued by the College.  These payments will be made as soon as possible, following the College’s receipt of federal funds.  You should receive the remaining funds later in the summer.

Since F1 International students and DACA students are ineligible for federal funds, Berea College will, from its own funds, provide assistance to these students based on the same criteria outlined above.

If you are a local student, living outside of the College’s residence halls or the Eco-Village, who cannot work on campus this summer and are not taking any classes, please contact a counselor in the Financial Aid Services Office by email, or via the general office email (finaid@berea.edu) if you need additional assistance.  The counselors will be able to assist you with the application process.

If you are enrolled in May and/or Summer term classes, you will receive an award notification shortly outlining your grant package for this summer.

As always, this brings our best wishes for everyone’s health and safety.

Wash your hands, stay six feet apart, and have a good weekend!

Lyle Roelofs, President