CARES Act Grant Information
FEDERAL HIGHER EDUCATION EMERGENCY RELIEF FUNDING (HEERF)
HEERF I (CARES Act)
GMC received $2,999,340 in funding from Federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding (HEERF I), also known as CARES Act, to assist students who were affected financially due to hardship related to Coronavirus. All funding has been disbursed to GMC Students to assist them with any expense related to Coronavirus based on guidance from the U.S. Department of Education.
In keeping with the CARES Act distribution regulations, the following outlines the GMC Emergency Financial Aid Grant funds distribution.
1. For the student funds, GMC did not apply CARES Act funds to student balances, nor did GMC reimburse itself for any costs or expenses, including but not limited to any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus and did not reduce previously awarded federal, state, or institutional financial aid awards.
2. The only statutory requirement was the funds be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Funds awarded under the CARES Act were not considered Federal financial aid under Title IV of the HEA.
3. Eligible GMC students who were enrolled 2020 Spring (even those who have withdrawn from one or more courses) were issued a grant for the cost and disruption of their in-seat course(s) transitioning to an online platform. The Department of Education indicated students who filed or who are eligible to file a FAFSA may receive emergency financial aid grants, if they were otherwise eligible for Title IV funding. However, students who were enrolled exclusively in online courses for 2020 Spring were not eligible for emergency financial aid grants.
4. In addition to the grant, eligible GMC cadets and civilian student athletes (CSA), living in campus housing, were reimbursed for their individual, round-trip transportation cost.
5. Initial student awards were issued May, 2020. As GMC worked to issue all CARES Act Grant funds, we then issued a final grant disbursement to all eligible students in the amount of $30.40. This disbursement was issued June 26,2020.
The Resource Management Office awarded grants to eligible students based on the criteria listed, with priority given to Pell eligible student and cadets living in Campus Housing:
- Cadets Living in Campus Housing * $1,030.40 Grant **
- Pell Eligible Students $1,030.40 Grant
- Non-Pell Eligible Students $ 930.40 Grant
*Students in this category do not appear in any other category.
**Plus, transportation reimbursement. The transportation reimbursement included a $35 meal per diem for two days, round-trip airfare to/from their home, or round-trip mileage to/from their home at a rate of $0.57 per mile.
For questions regarding the CARES Act Grant, please email FAHelp@gmc.edu
GMC received additional Federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding (second HEERF funding, known as HEERF II) to assist students who were affected financially due to hardship related to Coronavirus. All funding will be disbursed by GMC to GMC Students to assist them with any emergency expenses related to Coronavirus. GMC will disburse the funds based on guidance from the U.S. Department of Education.
In keeping with the HEERF II distribution regulations, the following is an overview of the GMC plan for the $2,999,340 HEERF II Emergency Financial Aid Grant funds: Eligible students will receive awards to assist with emergency costs due to Coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care, or childcare. Only students who are citizens and eligible non-citizens will receive the funding. These funds will be distributed beginning April 2021.
1. Priority will be given to students with exceptional need.
2. The remaining balance of HEERF II funds will be distributed to students who are not eligible for Federal Pell Grant.
For questions regarding the CARES Act Grant, please email FAHelp@gmc.edu.
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Click Here to view GMC's Plan to Distribute HEERF II Funding - How to Verify Address and Enroll in Direct Deposit.
Click here to view the Department of Education's institutional reporting requirements with respect to the CARES Act Higher Education Relief Fund (HEERF).