Student Vaccine Incentive

It Pays to Get Vaccinated

Gateway Technical College is offering $500 to students who receive their COVID-19 vaccination this semester between Aug. 30-Oct. 31. It’s that easy—all you need to do is get your shot. We want life to get back to normal again just like you do. The more people get vaccinated, the closer we get to that goal.

How can you get $500?  Get vaccinated! 

Get fully vaccinated by Oct. 31, 2021, and submit this form with an upload of your vaccination card and your $500 check will be sent to you the week of Nov. 8. This incentive is open to all Gateway students enrolled for the Fall 2021 semester, including ABE, ELL and dual credit students. Gateway may open on-campus vaccination clinics, but in the meantime you can check out vaccine sites by county here.

Complete this form and submit a copy of your vaccination card by Oct. 31. Log in using your Gateway student ID number and password.

Already vaccinated? You can still get rewarded! 

Gateway students who received their COVID-19 vaccination before Aug. 30 can enter to win a $1,000 scholarship. We will be awarding 110 $1,000 scholarships in honor of Gateway’s 110th year celebration. The scholarship drawing will be held the week of Nov. 8.  Scholarships will be available for use in the Spring 2022 semester.  Students graduating in December 2021 are still eligible and would receive the $1,000 in cash. 

You can enter for a chance to win a scholarship by filling out this form and uploading a copy of your vaccination card by Oct. 31. Log in using your Gateway student ID number and password.

Why is Gateway incentivizing students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination?

First and foremost, the health and safety of our students is our number one priority, and the more people that get vaccinated means COVID-19—including the Delta variant—will be less likely to spread. COVID-19 vaccination helps protect people from getting sick or severely ill with COVID-19 and might also help protect people around them.

Of course, we would also like our campus community to be a healthy and safe place for everyone, allowing us to continue to deliver amazing classroom and campus experiences.

Where can I get vaccinated? How expensive is the vaccine?

There is no cost to getting vaccinated. You can find vaccination sites and more information about the COVID-19 vaccine here. There may be additional opportunities to get vaccinated at a Gateway campus, so stay tuned.

What qualifies as being fully vaccinated?

Students must have received both of the required doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or the required single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.  

Please note: Booster shots are not considered in determining if a student is fully vaccinated and cannot be used as proof of vaccination to receive the $500 cash incentive. Students who are fully vaccinated prior to Aug. 30, 2021, can still be entered to win a scholarship.

Are Gateway students required to get vaccinated?

No, but we strongly encourage all Gateway Red Hawks to receive their COVID-19 vaccine to help stop the spread.

Is this incentive forcing students to report their vaccination status?

No, this incentive is 100% voluntary. Students only provide their information if they would like to receive $500 for getting vaccinated between Aug. 30 and Oct. 31  or enter to win a $1,000 scholarship for already having received their vaccination. Gateway does not require students to report their vaccination status.

How is this vaccine incentive being funded?

We are able to provide our students with  generous vaccination incentives using the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provided by the federal government as one of our efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses.

Is the COVID-19 vaccination safe?

COVID-19 vaccinations are safe and effective, with millions of Americans having received the vaccine already. COVID-19 vaccines were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials. These vaccines have undergone and will continue to undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. Visit the Centers for Disease Control website for  more information on the vaccine.

Will the COVID-19 vaccine give me negative side effects?

We recommend you bring any questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine to your healthcare provider. Serious side effects that could cause a long-term health problem are extremely unlikely following any vaccination, including COVID-19 vaccination. Vaccine monitoring has historically shown that side effects generally happen within six weeks of receiving a vaccine dose. Millions of people have received COVID-19 vaccines, and no long-term side effects have been detected. 

The CDC serves as a reliable source with the most accurate, up-to-date information about the vaccine.