Disclosure of Consumer Information — Your Right To Know
Blue Ridge Community College is committed to providing students, their families and the campus community full disclosure of all consumer information as required by state and federal laws and regulations. The laws are intended to satisfy students’ right to know, and afford the opportunity for students to make fully informed choices regarding the institution they elect to attend. Take a moment to review the information below.
Blue Ridge Community College
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting Emergency Grants to Students
June 1, 2020
- Blue Ridge Community College (College) acknowledges the College signed and returned to the Department of Education (Department) the College’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Grants to Students under the CARES Act on April 15, 2020. This includes assurance that the College 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 Grants to students.
- The College was funded $713,446 from the Department pursuant to the College’s Certification of Agreement for Emergency Grants to Students.
- As of the date of this report, the College distributed $612,050 to students.
- The estimated total number of the College’s students eligible to participate in the programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 853.
- As of the date of this report, the total number of students who received an Emergency Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Acts is 523.
- The methods used by the College to determine which students receive Emergency Grants, including how much a student would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act have been determined. See Exhibit 1.
- Students who are eligible to receive an Emergency Grant received both email and text notifications. See Exhibit 2.
- Students who are eligible to receive an Emergency Grant must complete an online (or paper) application to request funding. See Exhibit 3.
Blue Ridge Community College Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Emergency Emergency Grants to Students
Eligibility Determination Guidelines
- Student must have been enrolled and attending at least one face-to-face class during Spring 2020 semester when the state of emergency due to coronavirus was declared (i.e. March 13, 2020).
- Student must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and be deemed Title IV eligible as defined by Section 484 of the Higher Education Act. Eligibility criteria includes the following:
- Student is enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an eligible degree or certificate program.
- Student has a high school diploma or GED.
- Student meets satisfactory academic progress, as applicable.
- Student does not owe an overpayment on Title IV grants or loans.
- Student is not in default on a Title IV loan.
- Student, as part of the financial aid application process, filed a certification that includes a statement of educational purpose and social security number.
- Student has a verified security number.
- Student is a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or eligible noncitizen.
- Student returned fraudulently obtained Title IV funds, if convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to charges.
- Student has not fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits.
- Student repaid Title IV loan amounts in excess of annual or aggregate limits if obtained inadvertently.
- Student registered with Selective Service, as applicable.
- Student does not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations.
Student must complete an online (or paper) application. As part of this process, student attests their need is related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus and falls into an eligible category of expense.
Awards range from $500 to $2,500 (less any Golden Leaf COVID19 eligibility) based on a combination of the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and their enrollment status of seated/hybrid classes Spring 2020 at the time of the declared pandemic For example, a student with a seated/hybrid full-time load with a $0 EFC would receive $2,500; and a student with a seated/hybrid less-than-half-time loan with an EFC greater than $5,576 would receive $100.
§ 600.9>> STATE AUTHORIZATION states:
If an institution is offering postsecondary education through distance or correspondence education to students in a State in which it is not physically located or in which it is otherwise subject to State jurisdiction as determined by the State, the institution must meet any State requirements for it to be legally offering postsecondary distance or correspondence education in that State. An institution must be able to document to the Secretary [of Education] the State’s approval upon request.
(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1001 and 1002)
For more information regarding Blue Ridge Community College compliance with these regulations, visit:
The Drug Free Schools and Campuses Act of 1989 requires that all students and employees be notified annually of Blue Ridge’s Drug Abuse Prevention Program Policy and Drug Free Workplace Policy.
Consumer disclosure information relating to financial aid includes: cost of attendance, description of need and non-need aid types, application procedures and processes, student eligibility requirements, criteria for selection of recipients and awarding funds, disbursement information, refund and repayment policies, satisfactory academic progress policy for financial aid, appeal procedures, financial aid availability for students abroad, and VA/Military benefits. For this info, visit the Financial Aid webpage or by calling the office at (828) 694-1816.
Federal regulations published in October 2010 required institutions to report certain information about Title IV eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation. While all of our programs at Blue Ridge Community College are designed to lead to either employment or college transfer, the Department of Education requires that we provide disclosure information on specific programs.
The overall graduation rate is also known as the “Student Right to Know” or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of “normal time” for completing the program in which they are enrolled.
Blue Ridge Community College (“College”) strives to make its campuses inclusive, safe and welcoming learning environments for all members of the College community. Pursuant to multiple federal and state laws and administrative regulations and pursuant to College policy, the College prohibits discrimination in its activities, services, and programs based on race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, sex, age, disability, genetic information, and veteran status. For more information, consult the College’s Policies and Procedures (specifically, Procedures 3.19.1 Sexual Harassment and Violence, 3.15.1 Unlawful Discrimination and Harassment; 4.16.2 – Student Rights; and 4.16.3 – Sexual Assault Victims’ Notice of Rights).
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on gender in educational programs that receive federal financial assistance. Examples of programs and activities subject to Title IX protections include athletics, recruitment, admissions, financial aid, and scholarships.
To report an occurrence of discrimination or harassment, please use the form at the following link:
Title IX Reporting Form
Inquiries about Title IX, Section 1681, and related laws should be made to:
Vice President for Student Services/Title IX Coordinator
Blue Ridge Community College
180 West Campus Drive
Flat Rock, NC 28731
Users of the Blue Ridge Community College network are prohibited from knowingly or unknowingly using unauthorized peer-to-peer file-sharing programs for accessing music, videos, movies, games, network files, or applications, as well as unauthorized activities. For regulations about peer-to-peer file sharing see item Q. on Procedure 8.1.9 Copyright Issues.
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), and regulations adopted subsequent to the Act, set out requirements designed to protect students’ privacy in their records maintained by the college. Blue Ridge Community College has incorporated FERPA into its student-records administration policies.
Blue Ridge Community College places the highest priority on safety. Blue Ridge relies on community members to share this commitment and to actively participate in creating a safe and secure living, learning, and working environment. In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (The Clery Act), Blue Ridge Community College’s Annual Crime Statistics includes data for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on or around the campus. Call Campus Security at (828) 694-1770.
The Federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act requires registered sex offenders/predators to provide to the Henderson County or Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office notice of each institution of higher education in the state at which the offender/predator is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student. Members of the BRCC community can find information about possible sexual offenders/predators in their area by calling (919) 856-6900, or visiting at the following websites:
To obtain a printed copy of any of the information and policies listed on this page, or if you have further questions, please contact the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.