CARES Act Grants

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. Further guidance will be issued for the disbursement of the second 50% of the college's CARES act allocation.

Anthony J. Clarke, Ph.D.
President

Guilford Technical Community College
Federal CARES Act Distribution Guidelines

  1. Eligible curriculum (CU) students are new and returning fall 2020 students who have been affected by the campus disruption due to the coronavirus.
  2. An eligible curriculum (CU) student described in #1 above 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 during the Fall 2020 semester is based on the 2020-21 FAFSA.
  4. Fall students taking classes may apply for funding by submitting the 2020-21 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. Amounts awarded would be based on a student’s estimated family contribution (EFC) and their enrollment status, using the following chart for the 2020-21 year:
    1. Students with a 0 EFC (greatest financial need):
      • Full-time $1000
      • Three-quarter time $750
      • Half-time $500
      • Less-than-half-time $250
    2. Students with 1 – 5711 EFC (Pell eligible range):
      • Full-time $750
      • Three-quarter time $562
      • Half-time $375
      • Less-than-half-time $187
    3. Students with 5712 or higher EFC:
      • Full-time $500
      • Three quarter time $375
      • Half-time $250
      • Less-than-half-time $125
    4. Aid will be prorated based on enrollment as of the Fall census date.
  5. 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.
  6. The first report will be posted on the GTCC website www.gtcc.edu/cares-act-grants-for-students/index.php within 30 days of signing the certification form, and every 45 days thereafter.
  7. Reporting Information
    • GTCC has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
    • The total amount of funds that the institution has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students is $4,130,195.
    • The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under the Student Portion of Section 18004 (a)(1) of the CARES Act:
      • As of June 3, 2020 = $1,521,294
      • As of July 16, 2020 = $2,512,160
      • As of September 30, 2020 = $4,130,195    Fully expended
    • The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under the Institutional Portion of Section 18004 (a)(1) of the CARES Act:
      • As of September 30, 2020 = $207,913
    • The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 of the Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004 (a)(1) of the CARES Act:
      • As of June 3, 2020 = 6,058
      • As of July 16, 2020 = 6,486
      • As of September 30, 2020 = 13,167 (20-21 FAFSAs received)
    • The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004 (a)(1) of the CARES Act:
      • As of June 3, 2020 = 2273
      • As of July 16, 2020 = 3661
      • As of September 30, 2020 = 4772
    • The method(s) used by GTCC to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is listed under #4 above.
    • Instructions, directions, or guidance provided by GTCC to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants was provided by email and by this webpage. All eligible students receiving CARES Emergency Grants were notified of the Emergency Grant funding availability and the mechanism for applying for this aid. The application for applying is through the GTCC portal, which requires the students to log in and use their GTCC user ID and password. The application requires the students to click on the statement "I certify that I incurred (or will incur) expenses related to campus disruption due to the coronavirus." Students are notified by email whether they were eligible or ineligible for CARES funding.

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