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May 14, 2020

CARES Funding for Students


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency funding to support students impacted by the campus disruption due to the coronavirus.  The U.S. Department of Education has now released approximately $841,000 to Guilford College to award our current students that meet the federal guidelines of a Title IV eligible student.

We have established a committee to assess the awarding of these grants to eligible students.  Our mission is to distribute equitably these funds by May 31, 2020 as follows:

  • We will distribute funds based on the level of financial need a student demonstrates.  We will use the 2019-2020 FAFSA data to determine level of need and Title IV eligibility.
  • We will create a CARES Act Emergency Grant Application for students to request additional grants based on expenses incurred due to the disruption of campus operations.
  • Those not eligible for the CARES Act HEERF grants are encouraged to apply for funding through the Guilford College Emergency Fund.
  • Students awarded HEERF grants will see the grant posted to their student account before it disburses.  You are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit through your TouchNet account for faster delivery; otherwise, a check will be mailed to the address on file.

Guilford College continues to look for ways to support our community.  As new developments transpire, we will continue to communicate with you through email and the website for important updates.

See Guilford College’s full response to the Coronavirus pandemic.