Our top priority at Gateway is the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and community. Gateway recognizes the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our communities. The college will receive $2.6 million from the U.S. Department of Education through the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) designated to provide direct support to our students with course materials, housing, childcare, food or other COVID-19 related needs due to the disruption of campus operations.
Students enrolled and determined to be eligible based on Department of Education guidelines could receive a grant up to $1,500 to support food, housing, course materials, childcare, and/or other educational-related expenses. Gateway has worked with local agencies to determine maximum dollar amounts for each eligible category.
WHO QUALIFIES FOR A GRANT?
To qualify for an emergency grant, you must:
- Be eligible for federal financial aid (Title IV) and have a current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file. If you don’t have a FAFSA on file, you will be required to submit one to determine if you are eligible.
- Not be a continuing education, contract training, dual enrollment student, or in a completely online program.
- Be a currently enrolled post-secondary student
- Experienced an impact from the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19
HOW TO APPLY
If you are eligible to apply, you will receive an invitation via your Gateway student email. The application is unique to each qualified student and should not be shared with other students.
Your submission will be individually reviewed and communication related to support will be emailed to your Gateway student email. All financial awards will be disbursed directly to each student. All disbursements will be sent to students via a check mailed to your student address on file at the college or in limited cases via BankMobile.
As of May 20, 2020, 629 students who were enrolled in the Spring 2020 semester and met eligibility requirements were supported. The college intends to support additional students that meet eligibility requirements for the Summer and Fall 2020 Semesters.
CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund
May 20, 2020 Report
Through the CARES Act, Gateway will receive $2.6 million from the U.S. Department of Education. Gateway has provided the U.S. Department of Education with a signed Certification and Agreement. No less than 50% of these funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act will be used to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
Gateway Technical College acknowledges the institution has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement for the CARES Act funding. The college would like to provide support to as many Gateway students as possible during this challenging time and will 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 college estimates that 7,817 students are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in the Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 which could qualify them to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) if student eligibility requirements are met as established by the Department of Education.
The college has received $1,307,278 from the Department of Education for Emergency Financial Aid Grants for Students and has disbursed $626,749.99 to 629 students as of May 20, 2020.
In determining Emergency Financial Aid Grants, the College requires students to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for verification of Title IV eligibility to participate, ensuring Section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as required by the Department of Education is met. Students enrolled and determined to be eligible based on Department of Education guidelines could receive up to a maximum of $1,500 grant to support food, housing, course materials, childcare, and/or other educational-related expenses due to the disruption of campus operations. Gateway has worked with local agencies to determine maximum dollar amounts for each eligible category.