March 16 Update:

Gwinnett Technical college has been awarded an additional $2.6 million through the Federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to continue to support students who have exceptional need due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The second round of HEERF II (CARES II) funding is not the same as the first grant program. The new round of funding requires emphasis on students with exceptional need; therefore, eligibility requirements have changed. Students who were non-Title IV eligible may now be eligible for CARES II funds. Additionally, students who received the first round of CARES funds, may not necessarily receive the same level of funds this time, due to the new allocation formula.

Eligible students will receive automatic grants applied to their account. These amounts are based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) formula indicated on a completed FAFSA. We encourage all students who have not completed a FAFSA to complete one as soon as possible to determine accurate CARES II eligibility. Funds will be disbursed until fully expended. Please note, your enrollment and EFC at the time of disbursement will determine your fund amounts. Any changes made after the initial fund disbursement, will not increase amounts.

The Department of Education released eligibility guidance regarding the HEERF2 CARES Act funds. All CARES Act (HEERF2) funds released to the College will be disbursed to students who meet the following federal eligibility criteria: 

  • Enrolled in at least 1 credit hour for the Spring 2021 term
  • Exemplify exceptional need as determined by completing the FAFSA and the Expected Family Contribution model
  • Not enrolled as the following student types:
    • DACA
    • International/Foreign
    • Dual Enrollment
    • Transient

Allocation and Distribution Model:
Gwinnett Technical College has developed the following distribution model for the Emergency CARES Act (HEERF2) funds based on student populations displaying exceptional need and enrollment hours. To find your EFC, please refer to your most recent Student Aid Report that was sent upon completion of your FAFSA.

TierAward
Tier 1: Zero EFC + Full Time Enrollment(12 credit hours or more)$1000
Tier 2: Zero EFC + PT(11 credit hours or less)$750
Tier 3: EFC $1 – $5,711$500
Tier 4: EFC $5,712 – $99,999$250
Tier 5: No EFC – Application Required$100

Students who did not complete a FAFSA will have to complete an application that will be placed on their BANNER account. For any additional questions, please feel free to email: financialaidoffice@gwinnetttech.edu

CARES II disbursements will be made the week of March 22, 2021. All payments will be applied to the student’s Banner account, generating a refund. Refunds will then be distributed via BankMobile. If you have already made a refund preference with BankMobile then login to your account at bankmobilevibe.com to view your refund status. If you have not made a refund preference, visit www.refundselection.com to obtain your personal code and select a refund option. BankMobile refund options include an ACH to a bank account or opening a BankMobile Vibe account. Students who opted to have the funds applied to any outstanding balances, will see the credit on their banner student account.


January 6 Update:

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report – Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Gwinnett Technical College (OPE ID: 02288400) received education stabilization funds under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), Public Law No: 116-136. This Fund Report applies to the student portion received under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund that is designated exclusively for emergency financial aid grants to students.

The college appreciates that Congress and the President have made these critical funds available for eligible students who have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. We take receipt of these federal funds seriously and are distributing them in accordance with the CARES Act and implementing guidance

The college is making the below information available for transparency purposes and in compliance with the U.S. Department of Education’s (“Department”) Electronic Announcement of May 6, 2020.1 For questions or concerns regarding this Fund Report, please contact Andra Peterson, Director of Financial Aid, at apeterson@gwinnetttech.edu.

The college signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. The college 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.

The total amount of funds that the college will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the college’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is $2,668,288.

The total amount of emergency financial aid grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is:


Fund Report as of:

  • 12/31/2020 2,307,125
  • 10/31/2020 2,050,500
  • 9/30/2020 1,988,500
  • 8/31/2020 1,988,500
  • 7/27/2020 1,965,250
  • 6/29/2020 1,953,250

The estimated total number of students at the college 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 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is:

Fund Report as of

  • 12/31/2020 2032
  • 10/31/2020 3,875
  • 9/30/2020 3,892
  • 8/31/2020 3,892
  • 7/27/2020 3,880
  • 6/29/2020 3,857

The total number of students who have received an emergency financial aid grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is:

Fund Report as of:

  • 12/31/2020 4434
  • 10/31/2020 3,875
  • 9/30/2020 3,892
  • 8/31/2020 3,892
  • 7/27/2020 3,880
  • 6/29/2020 3,857

The methods used by the college to determine which students receive emergency financial aid grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act are provided at Attachment A.

Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the college to students concerning the emergency financial aid grants are provided at Attachment B.

Funds will continue to be distributed to those students who request funding on a first come first come basis. If you feel as if you are eligible, please email financialaidoffice@gwinnetttech.edu from your student email address and please include your student ID. Effective January 1st, 2021. Students who make the request for funding will have 30 days to complete the application. If the application is not complete within that timeframe, that application will be denied so we may assist the students who are needing help immediately.


May 12 Update:

Gwinnett Technical College signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement for the HEERF Cares Act Funds. The College 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.

The Department of Education has recently released some updated guidance about CARES Act funding. These funds released to the College will be disbursed to those students who meet the following federal eligibility criteria:

  • Student must have a completed a 19-20 FAFSA, with no outstanding items, and determined to be Title IV eligible.
  • Student must have been enrolled, in at least one credit hour, in a Title IV eligible program, Spring semester, after March 16th.
  • Student must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.
  • Student must meet certain student type criteria established by the Department of Education. The following student types have been excluded:
    • “H” dual enrollment student (HS or equivalent must be completed)
    • coded as foreign “F”
    • coded as transient student (receive funds from home institution)
    • defaulted on student loans, overpayments, or other loan restrictions
    • Term B (part of term ended prior to March 16)
    • enrolled exclusively in online courses for the spring term

More specific information on eligibility criteria and fund information can be found here at the Department of Education’s website.

 

We encourage you to submit a 19/20 FAFSA if you have not already done so. If you completed a FAFSA, please check your financial aid status via your student Banner account, to submit any missing documents. (Instructions to do so can be found here.) This will allow the Financial Aid Office to determine your eligibility.

Allocation of funds:

  • Gwinnett Technical College’s student allocation was $2,668,288. The eligible student population indicates that 4,202 spring semester students initially met the required criteria.
  • Gwinnett Technical College will at the outset award all eligible students a standard amount. Eligible spring semester students will receive a $500 one-time disbursement totaling $2,101,000. $315,000 will be reserved for potential additional eligible students.
  • The remaining funds will be available for $250, one-time grant requests, for eligible students experiencing emergency and substantial hardship, due to the Coronavirus pandemic. To apply for consideration of additional grant monies:
    • Eligible students can email a request through their student email account to FinancialAidOffice@GwinnettTech.edu
    • If the Financial Aid Office determines the student is eligible to apply, the application link will be added to the student Banner account.
    • Students must complete the electronic application and upload required supporting documentation, by June 30, 2020.
    • Grant requests will be reviewed within ten business days of submission. Funds will be awarded and disbursed upon application approval.
  • Any funds not fully disbursed from initial allocations, will be added to the grant request funds. Should funds remain as of July 31, 2020, further disbursements may be made to eligible students enrolled summer semester, who were also enrolled Spring semester during the pandemic timeframe.

 

All payments will be applied to the student’s Banner account, generating a refund. Refunds will then be distributed via BankMobile. If you have already made a refund preference with BankMobile then login to your account at bankmobilevibe.com to view your refund status. If you have not made a refund preference, visit www.refundselection.com to obtain your personal code and select a refund option. BankMobile refund options include an ACH to a bank account or opening a BankMobile Vibe account.

The timeline of initial disbursements is as follows:
May 12: 4,202 initial payments of $500 awarded to student accounts
May 14: 4,202 initial refunds posted to student accounts. BankMobile will make refunds available 1-2 business days after May 14.
Students should monitor their student email accounts beginning May 14 for a refund status update from BankMobile.

Questions?

  • For questions on eligibility, email FinancialAidOffice@GwinnettTech.edu from your student email account and include your name and student identification (900#).
  • For questions on BankMobile access of funds distributed, email Bursar@GwinnettTech.edu from your student email account and include your name and student identification (900#).