Dear Friends of EGSC,
Each week during this coronavirus pandemic, I have written to you to keep you up to date about how the college is addressing the situation. This week’s letter focuses on how the college is using the funds made available by a federal law called the CARES Act.
The CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) provides U.S. colleges and universities with funds to address needs created by the coronavirus pandemic. The funding was announced by the U.S. Department of Education in two phases:
- Phase 1 funding is commonly called the “student portion.” This phase was, as required by the law, strictly devoted to student emergency grants. These grants were designated to eligible EGSC students enrolled in Spring Semester 2020, Maymester 2020 and Summer Semester 2020. (see summary below).
- Phase 2 is commonly called the “institutional portion.” The law allows these funds to be used to address certain college needs created by the pandemic. This letter, in addition to summarizing how phase 1 funds were used, describes how these phase 2 funds will be used. EGSC, as described below, has chosen to use these funds to meet 6 specific needs, including smaller, additional student emergency grants for eligible fall 2020 students.
FIRST PHASE OF CARES ACT FUNDING PROVIDED STUDENT EMERGENCY GRANTS IN MAY 2020
The first wave of funding was announced on April 09, 2020. Phase 1 allocated funds to colleges and universities to provide emergency aid to college students whose lives and educations have been disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak.
Each college and university receiving these funds was required to prepare its own plan describing how these funds will be used to meet emergency needs of students, subject to US Department of Education guidelines. The plan that EGSC created for the use of the CARES funds was submitted to and approved by the USG to ensure it was in conformity with federal guidelines. That plan will provide emergency grants to eligible EGSC students enrolled in Spring Semester 2020, Maymester 2020 and Summer Semester 2020.
SECOND WAVE OF CARES OF FUNDING WILL ENABLE EGSC TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL STUDENT EMERGENCY GRANTS IN FALL 2020 AND TO MEET INSTITUTIONAL NEEDS
On April 21, 2020, a second wave of CARES Act funding was announced. A smaller, additional amount of CARES act funding was also announced for Minority Serving Institutions. Funds from these sources must be used to address needs directly related to coronavirus.
Again, each college and university receiving these funds was required to prepare its own plan describing how these funds will be used to address needs directly related to the coronavirus pandemic, subject to US Department of Education guidelines.
EGSC has adopted a plan which provides for the use of the second wave of funding for six important purposes:
- Transmit emergency funds to EGSC students with demonstrated need. Students that received awards in Spring 2020 and/or Summer 2020 and re-enroll for Fall 2020 and are Title IV eligible with a current FAFSA on file will receive an award.
- Initiate a laptop loaner program to increase technology access among EGSC students;
- Increase online tutoring services to ensure student success;
- Purchase virtual classroom technology for hybrid classes in Fall 2020;
- Enhance EGSC’s network capacity to address significantly increased utilization by EGSC students and faculty for accessing EGSC’s online courses in Georgia View D2L Brightspace system and other EGSC online academic systems and services; and
- Reimburse the institution for amounts refunded to students during the COVID-19 crisis.
Please stay safe and healthy.
East Georgia State College