CARES Act & COVID-19 Emergency Grants

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law on March 27, 2020, created education stabilization funds available through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

GCCC has received $1.28 million in total from the CARES Act and $1,364,349 with HEERF-Minority Serving Institution funds added.

GCCC is tasked with distributing at least 50% of these funds ($641,003) directly to students as emergency financial assistance to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations in the wake COVID-19. Click here for more information about how much of these funds have been distributed and how many students have received funding.  


GCCC students must meet the following eligibility requirements to receive CARES Act funding:

  • Eligible to receive Title IV federal aid. This eligibility is evaluated through completion of the 2019-2020 FAFSA.  
  • Enrolled on/after March 23, 2020 for Spring 2020 students. 
  • Experienced expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. 

In addition to the CARES Act, GCCC has set aside a small amount of funds for students who are not eligible for CARES Act funding OR who require additional assistance.

Students must apply to be considered for these emergency funds online.

The intent of emergency grant assistance is to support students experiencing temporary financial hardship. Funds are limited and not intended to provide ongoing relief.

Note: As of June 4, 2020, all institutional funding set aside for students who are NOT eligible for CARES Act funds (e.g., international students, DACA students, etc.) has been exhausted. As of this same date, GCCC has distributed to date $32,183 in institutional funds to 40 applicants. 


There is no application or paperwork required. GCCC students will be identified based on their submission of a 2019-2020 FAFSA.

Yes, the FAFSA must be on file with our office to evaluate your Title IV eligibility. If you have not completed a 2019-2020 FAFSA, you may apply online at and are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.

Yes, students enrolled exclusively in online courses on/after March 23, 2020 are eligible for these funds if they experienced expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, per guidance from the U.S. Department of Education.

GCCC has set aside a small amount of institutional funds for students who do not meet CARES Act criteria or have additional need. Please complete our emergency grant application online to be considered for this funding. More information and answers to FAQs on this is below.

No. Awards will be based on enrollment status (i.e., part-time vs. full-time) as of March 23, 2020, for Spring 2020 students. 

Funds will be distributed to students in the form of a check. Checks will be mailed to students current addresses. Students needing to make address changes should complete a Data Information Change form with the Records Office ASAP and submit it to  

As long as students have completed a 2019-20 FAFSA and have been deemed eligible for federal student aid (grants or loans), they will receive CARES Act funds based on their enrollment status.
No, the CARES Act funds will not affect any aid already awarded to you or impact your future financial aid eligibility.
The purpose of these funds is to assist with expenses attributed to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, such as food, housing, course materials, technology (computer purchase, internet), health care, child care, or transportation (i.e., flight costs for returning home after campus was closed). The expenses would have been unforeseen costs incurred during the spring 2020.
Funds will not be applied to outstanding balances at GCCC. You will receive the full amount of your funding because the intended purpose is to assist you with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. However, if you wish to pay off your balance after receiving your funds, contact the Business Office at 620-276-9619 to make a payment.
Possibly. This will depend on how much of CARES Act funding GCCC has exhausted during Spring 2020. Students who only enroll in Summer 2020 should complete the 2019-20 FAFSA. If students are eligible for funds, they will be contacted by both mail and their GCCC email.
Please contact the GCCC Financial Aid Office at or 620-276-9519.



Any degree-seeking GCCC student enrolled for Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic may apply. This includes (but is not limited to) undocumented students, international students, etc.

Students who qualify for funds will receive both postal mail and email regarding the status of their application. Funds will be distributed by check to the student’s current mailing address.

Relief amounts will vary based on resources available. The highest level of sensitivity and privacy will be given to all requests.

Only once. These funds are available on a limited basis, and each student is only eligible only once for relief.


President's Authorization Statement:

At GCCC, we acknowledge that we have signed and returned the CARES Act certification and agreement form. We also acknowledge that we are using these funds to provide the mandated amount of 50% of emergency financial aid grants to our students until funds are exhausted.

Sincerely, dr ruda signatureDr. Ryan Ruda, GCCC President 

Date Total # of Students Eligible Total # of Students Receiving Funding Total Funding Distributed
June 4, 2020 724*  724** $587,710*** 

*GCCC acknowledges that as of this date, this figure represents the number of Spring 2020 students who are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and therefore eligible to receive an emergency financial aid grant.

**GCCC acknowledges that as of this date, the figure indicated represents the number of students who have received an emergency financial aid grant. 

***GCCC acknowledge that as of this date, the figure indicated represents the total funding that has been distributed to students as our 30-day reporting date. 

All students eligible for emergency aid were notified by their official GCCC email and direct mail, which included their check and this letter from GCCC administration.