Grand Canyon University (GCU) was successful in navigating the challenges of COVID-19 throughout the 2020-21 academic year, keeping the health and safety of our students and staff top of mind. Through our voluntary vaccine and testing policies, robust mitigation efforts and the diligence and cooperation of students, staff and faculty, we finished the year with five or fewer active cases of COVID-19 in each of the last six weeks of the spring 2021 semester.
We also proudly served our surrounding community during the pandemic by producing and distributing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), collaborating with our partners to offer COVID-19 testing sites on campus and operating a Point of Distribution (POD) vaccination site that administered more than 115,000 vaccines to the public.
For the 2021-22 academic year, we are delighted to announce that campus operations will be returning to the normal pre-pandemic experience that GCU is known for. This includes the welcoming and innovative move-in and Welcome Week experience as well as in-person instruction and campus activities, such as clubs and athletic events, that will operate without restrictions. Students who wish to take online courses will continue to have that option as course content permits.
We will continue to partner with local health authorities to monitor the data and information carefully, and we are confident we can adjust our operations, if needed. But our plan is to reopen the campus without restrictions in the fall semester.
Recent Communications from GCU
FAQs for 2021-22 Academic Year
GCU continues to partner with state and local health authorities to carefully monitor COVID-19 in Arizona and its impact specific to our campus, and we are confident we can adjust our operations, if needed. Guidelines and policies outlined below are subject to change based on those conditions.
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 were divided into a “Student Portion” and “Institutional Portion.” The Student Portion is required to be provided as Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. The Institutional Portion is to be used to reimburse the University for costs it incurred related to disruption on campus. GCU is committed to using the Institutional Portion to provide additional student grants and other expenditures for the direct benefit of students.
In December 2020 additional funds were authorized by Congress through the Federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.
In March 2021, additional funds were authorized through the American Rescue Plan Act. This included a third round of emergency aid for students.
In totally, GCU has been authorized to award up to $22,351,397 in CARES Act funds with at least half disbursed directly to students and $28,854,795 in combined HEERF II and III funds through those Acts as award to students. GCU was not awarded any institutional aid in 2021 or 2022.