After carefully monitoring the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the recent developments that are impacting the entire country, Grand Canyon University has been working diligently to ensure we are protecting the health and well-being of our campus community. Effective March 23, we have made the decision to transition all but a few classes on our Phoenix campus to an online-only environment for the final four weeks of the spring semester.
GCU is a recognized leader in online education and we are confident we can keep our students, faculty and staff safe while simultaneously allowing our students to complete their academic semester in a high-quality learning environment. Please read GCU President Mueller’s full statement here and check out the FAQs below for further details. This web page will be updated regularly with further information, health recommendations and changes to GCU’s programs and policies.
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 May 15, 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 14,421 students have received an emergency grant. Total amount of grant funds disbursed to students at this time is $8,796,810.
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.