CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

The college received $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.

As of May 20, 2020, 641 students who were enrolled in the Spring 2020 semester and met eligibility requirements were supported. The college also worked to support additional students that meet eligibility requirements for the Summer and Fall 2020 Semesters.

Reports

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.

June 5, 2020 Report

An additional $411,952 of Emergency Financial Aid Grants for Students has been disbursed to 379 students as of June 5, 2020. These funds are a portion of the $1,307,278 the college received from the Department of Education through the CARES Act. Total CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants for Students disbursed by the college as of June 5, 2020 is $1,038,701.99.

September 5, 2020 Report

An additional $43,970 of Emergency Financial Aid Grants for Students has been disbursed to 42 students as of September 7, 2020. These funds are a portion of the $1,307,278 the college received from the Department of Education through the CARES Act. Total CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants for Students disbursed direct to students by the college as of September 5, 2020 is $1,082,671.99.

December 1, 2020 Report

For Fall 2020, an additional $224,606 of Emergency Financial Aid Grants for Students has been disbursed to 459 students as of December 1, 2020. These funds are a portion of the $1,307,278 the college received from the Department of Education through the CARES Act. Total CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants for Students disbursed direct to students by the college as of December 5, 2020 is $1,307,278. A total of 1509 Emergency Relief checks were mailed to students for Spring, Summer and Fall 2020. A total 1031 unique students benefited from CARES Emergency Relief funding.