Gadsden State continues providing Emergency Financial Aid Grants to qualified students
Gadsden, Ala. – Gadsden State Community College has received additional monies from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund of the Coronavirus Assistance, Relief and Economic Security Act. The funds may be awarded to students who meet eligibility requirements and are experiencing financial difficulty or disruption of educational plans due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Many of our students are still coping with economic and educational challenges because of the pandemic,” said Dr. Kathy Murphy, president. “We have students who are unemployed and are struggling to continue their education. We want to help ease their financial burdens by providing immediate monetary assistance so they can better focus on their pursuit of academic or career technical credentials.”
The Emergency Financial Aid Grants will be awarded during the spring semester through an application process until funds are exhausted. Funds can be used for eligible expenses, such as food, housing, course materials, academic assistance, technology, health care and child care. Funds will be awarded in amounts from $100 to $1,000.
Students who may apply for the GSCC EFA grants must be unconditionally admitted to the College and be in good academic standing. Eligible student status includes continuing, first-time freshmen, readmitted or reinstated, transfer or transient. Continuing students must have a collegiate GPA of 2.0 or higher and must have satisfactory status according to the federal Standards of Academic Progress.
As required by the U.S. Department of Education, students must also be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (green card holder) and must not be enrolled under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an international student or incarcerated.
Students must have a completed 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file at Gadsden State. Students may access FAFSA online at www.fasfa.gov.
Additional emergency financial assistance may be awarded to students enrolled in specific majors at the Valley Street Campus. The funding is a part of the additional CARES allotment given to HBCU-designated campuses, such as the Valley Street Campus. Eligible majors for students attending the Valley Street Campus include Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Construction Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Massage Therapy.
Students may only apply for the EFA grants once per semester. Upon completion of the application, students will be notified of the status of their award through an email to their Gadsden State email address. Applications will be reviewed bi-weekly and checks for the amount of the award will be mailed to the student’s current address in approximately 14 business days.
The application, detailed eligibility requirements and FAQs can be found below.
- How can I use the money?
- CARES Emergency Financial Aid Grants should be used for expenses incurred due to COVID-19 and/or the transition to online instruction.
- If I have a GSCC balance on my student account will the grant be applied towards the balance?
- No, your grant will be issued to you in the form of a check mailed to your mailing address on your student record.
- Who do I contact if I have questions about my Standards of Academic Progress (SAP) status?
- Contact the GSCC Financial Aid Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Can I apply for an Emergency Financial Aid grant more than once?
- Yes, but only once per semester as long as funds are available. Do not apply more than once per semester.
- Is documentation required for an Emergency Financial Aid Grant?
- No, but documentation will assist the committee to make grant awards where there is greatest need.
- Will Emergency Financial Aid Grants be available for Summer 2021?
- Yes. The grants will be available until funds are disbursed.
- Do I have to be enrolled full-time (at least 12 semester hours)?
- When will I know if I have received an Emergency Financial Aid grant?
- Checks will be mailed approximately every 14 days.
- I receive a full Pell grant. Am I still eligible for an Emergency Financial Aid grant?
- Am I eligible if my classes are all online?
- Can I apply more than once per semester?
a. No. Only your first application submission will be considered.