Cares Act

This information regarding the Student Portion of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was updated on October 14th, 2020.

 

  1. Gogebic Community College submitted the CARES Act Certification and Agreement for the student portion of the federal CARES Act funds to the Department of Education on April 14th, 2020. You can review the Certification and Agreement document here.

     

  2. 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 $330,636.

     

  3. $330,635.31 in student portion CARES Act funds have been disbursed to students as of 9/25/2020. $19,750 in institutional portion CARES Act funds was returned to students for residence hall refunds. Additionally, $22,400 in Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) was awarded to students who applied for COVID-19 Emergency Relief finds before the CARES Act money became available. Since March 13th, 2020, $372,785.31 in total COVID-19 related aid has been disbursed to students. 

     

  4. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in 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 is 732. This includes Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020 enrollments. 

     

  5. 514 students students have received student portion CARES awards as of 9/28/2020. 44 students received spring 2020 residence hall refunds from the institutional portion of the CARES Act funds; 35 of these 44 students did not receive any other COVID-19 related funding. Additionally, 29 other students received FSEOG Grant awards in response to their applications for Covid-19 Emergency Relief Funds. 552 total unique students have received some form of COVID-19 related aid. 

     

  6. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act are listed here:

    1. $253,872.10 (76.78% of the total student portion) was distributed to all Title IV eligible students based on enrolled credits in the Fall 2020 semester. These funds were disbursed on 9/25/2020. 

       

    2. $16,531.65 (5.0% of the total student portion) was distributed to all Title IV eligible students based on enrolled credits in the Summer 2020 semester. These funds were disbursed on 6/18/2020. 

       

    3. $60,231.56 (18.22% of the total student portion) was made available to Title IV eligible enrolled students based on applications for additional aid. Eligible applications include those submitted before the end of the Spring 2020 semester that were not awarded emergency relief Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG). 

       

  7. Communications to students about CARES Act funds to date have included the following:

     

    1. On Wednesday, April 15th, Gogebic Community College sent out a postcard to all enrolled students with the following message:

       

      Have you been affected by COVID-19?

      We’re here to help.

      Even if you’ve already filed your FAFSA and applied for scholarships, please call or email the Financial Aid Office. If you have lost income, faced unforeseen expenses, or experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis, you may be eligible for additional financial aid.

      FAO@gogebic.edu or 906-307-1208

      This communication was sent out to students to let them know that additional aid, such as Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, additional loan amounts, and institutional resources, as well as the forthcoming CARES Act funds, would be available. This communication was not specific to CARES Act funds. An email with the same message was sent to all enrolled students on Friday, April 17th. 

       

    2. On Thursday, May 14th, an email was sent to all GCC students with the following message:

       

      Gogebic Community College has recently received funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. You may find more information about GCC’s CARES Act grant here: (https://www.gogebic.edu/news/CaresAct.html).

      All students who are eligible for federal financial aid and applied for emergency relief aid in the spring semester and who submitted an application before the end of the semester on May 8th, 2020, will be considered for aid.

      All students who are eligible for federal financial aid and are enrolled in Summer 2020 and/or Fall 2020 classes will receive an award based on enrolled credits when other federal financial aid is disbursed for that semester.

      Students who need additional aid are also able to apply by completing an application, available here. Awards for the Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 semester will not be available until other federal financial aid is disbursed for that semester.

      You must have a 2019-20 FAFSA for the summer, or a 2020-21 FAFSA for the fall, on file with the Financial Aid Office in order to be considered for CARES Act funding. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at FAO@gogebic.edu with any questions about your FAFSA or CARES Act funds.”

        
    3. On Thursday, June 4th, the following email was sent to all enrolled students, faculty, and staff to let them know that CARES Act funds are available for the Summer and Fall 2020 semesters:

       

      “Hello everyone,

      I am emailing to remind you that COVID-19 relief funding may be available to you in the form of CARES Act grant awards.

      All students must be eligible to receive federal student aid to receive CARES funds. This means that you must have a completed FAFSA and not be missing any financial aid documents necessary to receive federal grants or loans. You must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress, be enrolled in a financial-aid eligible program, and be taking financial-aid eligible courses. 

      All eligible students enrolled in the fall or summer semesters will receive an award automatically based on the number of credits that you are enrolled in. No application is necessary to receive these awards.

      If you have additional need for emergency relief aid, you may also fill out an application (attached here) for additional relief aid. When completing this application, remember that if you are eligible that you will already be receiving some funds. For application-based awards, we review each application case-by-case in order to distribute the funds as equitably as possible. Please understand that for this reason, if you are awarded an additional amount, it may not be the amount that you requested. You may submit CARES Act applications via email to FAO@gogebic.edu, via fax at 906-932-2339, or via mail or in person to the GCC Financial Aid Office.

      Summer CARES Act awards will be available when other summer financial aid is disbursed, and should be available in your student accounts by June 19th, 2020. Additional applications for summer will be accepted after June 19th, but only those received before the end of the summer term (7/24/2020) will be considered for aid.

      You may read more about GCC’s CARES Act here: https://gogebic.edu/news/CaresAct.html. Please contact me directly at MarcM@gogebic.edu for any questions about GCC’s CARES Act."

    4. On Tuesday, August 11th, and Tuesday, August 18th, the following email was sent to all enrolled students, faculty, and staff to let them know that CARES Act funds are available for the Fall 2020 semester:

       

      “Hello everyone,

      I am emailing to remind you that COVID-19 relief funding may be available to you in the form of CARES Act grant awards.

      All students must be eligible to receive federal student aid to receive CARES funds. This means that you must have a completed FAFSA and not be missing any financial aid documents necessary to receive federal grants or loans. You must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress, be enrolled in a financial-aid eligible program, and be taking financial-aid eligible courses.

      All eligible students enrolled for the fall semester will receive an award automatically based on the number of credits that you are enrolled in. No application is necessary to receive these awards.

      If you have additional need for emergency relief aid, you may also fill out an application (attached here) for additional funds. When completing this application, remember that if you are eligible that you will already be receiving some funds. For application-based awards, we review each application case-by-case in order to distribute the funds as equitably as possible. Please understand that for this reason, if you are awarded an additional amount, it may not be the amount that you requested. You may submit completed CARES Act applications via email to FAO@gogebic.edu, via fax at 906-932-2339, or via mail or in person to the GCC Financial Aid Office.

      Fall CARES Act awards will be available when other fall financial aid is disbursed, and should be available in your student accounts by October 3rd, 2020. Additional applications for fall will be accepted after October 3rd, but only those received before the end of the fall term (12/13/2020) will be considered for aid.

      You may read more about GCC’s CARES Act here: https://gogebic.edu/news/CaresAct.html. Please contact me directly at MarcM@gogebic.edu for any questions about GCC’s CARES Act."

 

CARES quarterly budget and expenditure reporting 9-30-2020.pdf

For any questions about GCC's CARES Act grant, please contact:

 

 

Marc Madigan

Director of Financial Aid

marcm@gogebic.edu