CARES Act

GC received funding from the CARES Act to assist students who were affected financially due to financial hardship related to Coronavirus. Many of our students have received these emergency funds because they met a set of criteria based on guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and the University System of Georgia.  All funding disbursed to students should be used for expenses related to Coronavirus.

In keeping with the CARES Act distribution regulations, the following outlines the GC Financial Aid Office Emergency Financial Aid Grant funds distribution.

  1. GC distributed approximately $1.4 million to all qualifying students based on the tiered EFC outlined below for Spring 20 Semester. No application process applied to this group. Students who had a FAFSA on file for the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 aid year with an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 - $25,000 were automatically awarded based on the requirements below. Students with EFCs of greater than $25,000 could apply using the CARES Act application below and were offered $300 if approved.

               EFC           $0 -   $5,576    = $800 award

               EFC   $5,577 - $15,000    = $500 award

               EFC $15,001 - $25,000    = $300 award

  1. In a continuous effort to assist our students, an additional disbursement of $300 was disbursed to all students who received CARES Funds for Spring term 2020 and were enrolled during Summer term prior to June 15, 2020. Students received these funds mid- June 2020.
     
  2. Students who were not automatically offered the emergency grant were considered for funding if they met ALL of the following eligibility requirements:
  • Had not already received emergency financial aid grant funds from the CARES Act (unless additional supporting documentation was submitted for review)
  • Completed a 2019-2020 FAFSA Application or 2020-2021 FAFSA Application
  • Met all of the following Title IV eligibility requirements:
    • ​​1. U.S. Citizenship or Eligible Noncitizen
    • 2. Valid Social Security Number
    • 3. Registration with Selective Service if the student is male
    • 4. Have a high school diploma, GED, or have completed a high school in an approved homeschool setting
    • 5. Maintain satisfactory academic progress, if presently enrolled
    • 6. No refund owed on a Federal student grant or be in default on any Federal student loan
    • 7. Submitted a Statement of Educational Purpose if requested by the Financial Aid Office
    • 8. No conviction for any guilty plea to a crime involving fraud in obtaining federal student aid
    • 9. No conviction for specific drug offenses (any offense under any Federal or State law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance for conduct that occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Federal student aid)
  • Were enrolled at Georgia College for Spring Term 2020 at the time of course disruption due to the Coronavirus
  • Were not enrolled in all online courses for Spring Term 2020 prior to March 13, 2020
  • Completed the online Emergency Grant Funding Application using the “CARES Act Application” link below. Students who were approved for funding received $300 from these funds. A CARES review committee reviewed each application and rendered approval or denials. Processing time was approximately 2 to 3 weeks.
  • Please note that students who did not complete a FAFSA for 2019-2020 and completed a 2020-2021 FAFSA, but did not complete the verification process were only offered $300.00. Once the verification process was completed and if the updated EFC ranged in the above tiers, the student was offered additional eligibility not to exceed $800 in total funds. 
  • Students with extreme documentable circumstances were to submit documentation with the application to be considered for more than amount offered. Students were reviewed by the Financial Aid Office on a case by case basis for additional eligibility amounts. 
     
  1. Students enrolled in Fall Semester 2020 with a 2020-2021 FASFA on file and had previously contacted the Financial Aid Office in regards to being impacted by a financial hardship related to the Coronavirus were automatically awarded $800 with no application needed.
     
  2. The CARES Act Application has been re-opened to any student enrolled in Fall Semester 2020 with a 2020-2021 FAFSA on file who has been impacted by a financial hardship related to the Coronavirus AND has not previously received CARES Act funding for Fall Semester 2020.  The student must submit the online application with details documenting how they have been impacted financially along with meeting the enrollment and FAFSA completion requirements in order to be awarded $800 in CARES Act funding.
CARES Act Application
Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students Fund Reporting