Cares Act

This information regarding the Student Portion of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was updated on May 14 th, 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 14 th, 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. No CARES Act funds have been released to students as of May 14th, 2020.

     

  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.  

     

  5. No students have received CARES Act funds as of May 14th, 2020.

     

  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. 50% of the total funds ($165,318) will be distributed to all Title IV eligible students based on enrolled credits in the Fall 2020 semester. These awards will be available when other federal financial aid is disbursed for that semester.

       

    2. 5% of the total funds ($16,531.80) will be distributed to all Title IV eligible students based on enrolled credits in the Summer 2020 semester. These awards will be available when other federal financial aid is disbursed for that semester.

       

    3. 45% of the total funds ($148,786.20) will be 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). Spring 2020 awards will be disbursed immediately. Summer and Fall awards will be available when other federal financial aid is disbursed for that semester.

       

  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.  

       

    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.”

 

 

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

Marc Madigan

Director of Financial Aid

MarcM@gogebic.edu