ARP Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III

The college received $7,135,313 from the U.S. Department of Education through the ARP: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III) 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. 

The ARPA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, in awarding financial aid grants to students. For this reason, it is recommended that students complete the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are not required to apply for financial aid or be awarded a Pell grant to be eligible. Beyond Pell eligibility, other types of exceptional need could include students who may be eligible for other federal or state need-based aid or have faced significant unexpected expenses, such as the loss of employment (either for themselves or their families), reduced income, or food or housing insecurity." In addition, the ARPA explicitly provides that financial aid grants to students may be provided to students exclusively enrolled in distance education. These grants are for any component of their cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care. Students determine how they may use their emergency financial aid grant within the allowable uses. 

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. Communications via email, social media, website presence and student groups assisted in educating students of this opportunity.

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.

Application Deadline

Application for summer 2021 will open up the week of June 14. Application deadline is June 25. The college intends to support additional students that meet eligibility requirements with ARPA for the Fall 2021 Semester.

Who Qualifies for the Grant

  • Students who are or were enrolled in an institution of higher education on or after March 13, 2020, the date of the national emergency declaration due to the Pandemic. (Including study abroad, exclusively online, ABE/ELL, dual enrolled, international, DACA and undocumented students)
  • Currently enrolled in the following course types include degree, certificate, continuing education, non-credit, non-degree and dual (enrollment) credit courses or programs.
  • It is recommended that students complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to aid in determining exceptional need. Completion of FAFSA is not required.

Reports

June 10, 2021 Report

Through the ARP Act, Gateway received $14,109,697 from the U.S. Department of Education. Gateway has provided the U.S. Department of Education with a signed Certification and Agreement. The college would like to provide support to as many Gateway students as possible during this challenging time. No less than $7,135,313 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 ARPA funding. 

The college estimates that 3986 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.

July 10, 2021 Report

As of July 9, 2021, the college estimates that for Summer 2021, 3986 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.

At this time, the college has disbursed $0. The college is in the process of awarding and disbursing student emergency grants for the Summer 2021 term. Grants will be in the amounts of $750 for students who did not exhibit exceptional need. Students who met requirements for exceptional need will be awarded emergency grants in the amount of $1500. Exceptional need is determined by completion of the FAFSA application and a response to questions on an electronic emergency grant application. Communications via email and website presence, educated students regarding this opportunity. Updates are quarterly.

October 10, 2021 Reporting

The college previously estimated for Summer 2021, 3986 students were 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. 

As of October 8, 2021, the college has received $7,135,313 in HEERF III ARPA funding from the Department of Education for Emergency Financial Aid Grants for Students. During the month of July, for the Summer 2021 term, ARPA funding in the amount of $578,372 along with HEERF II CRRSAA funding in the amount of $541,378 was disbursed to 799students in the form of Direct to Student emergency grants. The combined total disbursement was $1,119,750. Grants were in the amounts of $750 for students who did not exhibit exceptional need. Students who met requirements for exceptional need will be awarded emergency grants in the amount of $1500. Exceptional need is determined by completion of the FAFSA application and a response to questions on an electronic emergency grant application. The total amount of funding available to students was also a factor in determining maximum award amounts. Communications via email and website presence, educated students regarding this opportunity. At this time, $6,556,941 in ARPA III funding still remains available to students. ARPA III direct to student emergency grant funding will be available during the Fall 2021 term.