Grand Canyon University is closely monitoring and responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and following the guidance and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State of Arizona, the City of Phoenix and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. The health and safety of GCU’s students, faculty and staff are of utmost importance, and GCU has enacted specific policies and safety measures to mitigate those risks for the 2020-21 academic year.
GCU has options for all students to either continue or start their academic journey in a learning modality that best suits their individual circumstances. If there are students who have underlying health conditions, have family members who are high-risk COVID-19 candidates or simply feel uncomfortable living and studying in a dense campus population, we will support that by providing options to allow them to continue their coursework online in most academic programs for the fall semester or even the entire 2020-21 academic year.
For those who are comfortable being back on campus in the fall, they will join a welcoming, robust community operating under the Arizona health guidelines that exist in the fall. The GCU Communications and FAQs on this page outline some of those regulations, which will be re-evaluated and adjusted throughout the semester based on guidance from health officials relating to COVID-19 conditions at the time and in accordance with federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations
Recent Communications from GCU
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting
On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) was passed which authorized funding under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”) to Institutions of Higher Learning. These funds are required to be provided as Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.
Grand Canyon University signed and returned to the Department of Education its Certification and Agreement on April 15, 2020, with our assurance that GCU has used or intends to use 100% of the Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students funding for eligible students. As of May 15, 2020, we have received $11,175,699 in grant funding for this purpose.
As of July 29, 2020, there are an estimated 18,000 students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (the “HEA”) and potentially eligible to receive the Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. To date 17,946 students have received an emergency grant. Total amount of grant funds disbursed to students at this time is $10,947,060.
In order to be considered for this grant, students must have been in an Active status within our Student Information System as of March 1, 2020, must have been enrolled as a regular student in an eligible program of study that was not offered in a 100% online modality, and must have met all Title IV eligibility requirements set forth in HEA Section 484. As we are still confirming some students’ eligibility for TIV funding, the estimated number of eligible recipients will continue to fluctuate. Recognizing that all otherwise eligible students experienced additional expenses due to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GCU determined that the most equitable way to disburse these grant funds to our students, was to divide our total allocation by the estimated number of eligible students.
Information on the use of these grant funds was communicated to students via a letter insert with the emergency grant check which informed students that this grant was to assist with any unforeseen expenses that may have been incurred as a result of the disruption of campus operations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic such as expenses for food, housing, course materials and technology, health and childcare. Students for whom GCU was unable to confirm eligibility to receive a grant based on HEA Section 484 requirements have also been contacted to provide them an opportunity to demonstrate eligibility under HEA Section 484.