CARES Act Grants for Students

The following guidelines are approved for use by Guilford Technical Community College for the disbursement of funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEER) Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  These guidelines are for the initial disbursement of the first 50% of the college’s CARES Act allocation totaling $4,130,195 and the Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) allocation of $402,187. Further guidance will be issued for the disbursement of the second 50% of the college’s CARES act allocation.

Anthony J. Clarke, Ph.D.
Guilford Technical Community College

Federal CARES Act Distribution Guidelines

  1. A curriculum (CU) student must have been enrolled in at least one curriculum class as March 6, 2020 for the spring 2020 semester.
  2. A curriculum (CU) student must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and be deemed TIV eligible as defined by Sec. 484 of the HEA by satisfying the following criteria:
    • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree or certificate program;
    • Not be enrolled in elementary or secondary school;
    • For currently enrolled students, be making satisfactory academic progress;
    • Not owe an overpayment on Title IV grants or loans;
    • Not be in default on a Title IV loan;
    • File "as part of the original financial aid application process" a certification that includes
      • A statement of educational purpose;
      • Student's SSN;
    • Be a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident, or other eligible noncitizen;
    • Have returned fraudulently obtained Title IV funds if convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to charges;
    • Not have fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits;
    • Have repaid Title IV loan amounts in excess of annual or aggregate limits if obtained inadvertently;
    • Have Selective Service registration verified;
    • Have Social Security Number verified; and
    • Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations.
  3. Eligibility for students receiving funds prior to June 30, 2020 is based on the 19-20 FAFSA. Eligibility for students receiving funds after June 30, 2020 is based on the 20-21 FAFSA.
  4. Students may apply for funding by submitting the appropriate FAFSA, if they have not already done so, and complete a short online application stating that s/he was affected by the campus disruption due to the coronavirus outbreak. Full-time amounts awarded would be based on a student’s estimated family contribution figure (EFC):
    • Students with a 0 EFC (greatest financial need):   
      • Full-time $1000
      • Three-quarter time $750
      • Half-time $500
      • Less-than-half-time $250
    • Students with 1 – 5576 EFC (Pell eligible range): 
      • Full-time $750
      • Three-quarter time $562
      • Half-time $375
      • Less-than-half-time $187
    • Students with 5577 or higher EFC: 
      • Full-time $500
      • Three quarter time $375
      • Half-time $250
      • Less-than-half-time $125

Aid will be prorated based on enrollment as of March 6, 2020.

  1. Students who receive funding are not required to record or track how it is spent. GTCC, however, will be required to report:
    • How funds were distributed to students;
    • The amount of each grant awarded to each student;
    • How the amount of each grant was calculated; and
    • Any instructions or directions given to students about the grants. 

These guidelines will be followed subject to the availability of CARES Act funding.