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Required Web-based Report for HEERF Student Aid

Genesee Community College acknowledges an authorized representative of the institution has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the institution has used, or intends to 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.

Genesee Community College has received or will receive $1,242,440 from the Department of Education pursuant to the Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

Cumulative Report (period covers 6/11/20 to 10/19/20)

Genesee Community College has distributed $1,242,440.00 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of November 23, 2020

Genesee Community College has determined 1,609 at the institution are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

1387 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of November 23, 2020.

Genesee Community College has prioritized awarding of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to its students in the following manner (methodology):

Genesee Community College will use three methods to distribute funds to eligible students all of which are in compliance with SUNY Use of Funds guidance. The distribution methods were developed using information from US Education Department model for allocation of funds weighting Pell recipients (75%), who were not enrolled exclusively in distance education. Funds will be used to meet the emergency needs of students who have been impacted by COVID-19 who are Pell recipients with the lowest Estimated Family Contributions (EFCs), and Title IV eligibility. The first (1) group of Pell eligible students will receive 75% of funds distributed as a block grant of $840 upon receipt of the completed application. The second (2) group of eligible Title IV eligible students will receive 20% of funds distributed as a block grant of $560 upon receipt of the completed application. The final 5% of the grant will be reserved for eligible students who indicate experiencing extenuating circumstances (3) that exceed the designated block grant awards.

  1. Pell recipients with an EFC of 0-5,576 will receive 75% of available funds pre-determined by the college, based on the number of eligible recipients.
  2. Title IV eligible recipients with an EFC of 5,577-395,456 will receive 20% of available funds pre-determined by the college, based on the number of eligible recipients.
  3. Eligible applicants will have the opportunity to request additional financial support for eligible expenses. The committee will use a standard rubric to determine additional fund distribution utilizing 5% of the remaining HEERF Grant funds.

Under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, students received awards ranging from $560 to $840

Include any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants: Post Communication to Students along with the Application or Certification:

Dear Genesee Community College Student:

We hope this message finds you well despite the fact that we have all been impacted in some way by the pandemic. The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has set aside funding in direct aid for students through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). In accordance with Federal and State guidelines you have been identified as a potential recipient of these funds. The CARES Act grant is a non-taxable grant for students who have been impacted by the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis.

In order to obtain this grant, you will be required to complete an application (the link below) and meet the following criteria:

  • You were impacted by the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis, and
  • You have a 2019-2020 OR 2020-2021 FAFSA on file, or are willing to file (19-20 must be submitted by June 30, 2020), and
  • You attended at least one in-person class during the Spring 2020 semester, and
  • You incurred additional food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and/or child care costs due to the disruption of campus operations

If you meet the criteria, and would like to proceed, please complete and submit the following application with the understanding that we are not requiring documentation for these initial funds and this award is for past and anticipated costs due to this crisis: <insert link to person-specific application – screenshot provided below> (click the hyperlink provided or copy and paste the link into a browser such as Chrome/GCC login required). Grant amounts are based on Title IV eligibility requirements. Students who were Pell eligible as determined by the EFC (Expected Family Contribution) on the 19-20 FAFSA will be eligible for $840.00. Students who did not have a Pell eligible EFC will be eligible for $560.00. If you do not know if you were Pell eligible please check your myGCC account under the Financial Aid tab (Award, 19-20 Aid Year).

Although you have been identified as a potential recipient, if you do not meet the above criteria as established by Federal and State guidelines, you will be ineligible for CARES Act grant funding. Students are not required to apply for the CARES Act grant. If you have questions regarding eligibility please contact cares@genesee.edu.

Applications will be reviewed by the CARES Committee and decisions are typically made within 5 business days. An email will be sent to your GCC email to let you know the decision on your application. If you do not have access to your GCC email please reach out to the Help Desk at 1-866-614-5004 or helpdesk@genesee.edu.

We appreciate your patience with this process.

Sincerely,

The GCC CARES Act Committee
cares@genesee.edu

Screen capture of the funding request form to be submitted by TItle IV-eligible students.

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