CARES Act Information
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a Federal Law enacted by Congress, includes funds to assist qualified students in need during the pandemic. HGTC’s 2020 Spring semester credit students who meet the qualifications below, will receive a disbursement in the next several days. Should you have questions or need additional information about the award, please call (843) 349-5251 from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm to speak with one of our student support representatives.
To be eligible for the CARES Act grant funding you must meet all the following criteria:
- You must have been enrolled at HGTC as of March 13, 2020 - the day President Trump declared a national emergency as a result of COVID-19 outbreak, which was the last day of class prior to the transition to online learning.
- You must also be eligible for Federal Title IV funding by meeting all of the following
- Completed a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with all requirements completed and demonstrated financial need;
- Have a high school diploma or GED;
- Have met Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements;
- And be enrolled in an eligible program of study.
Students who are not eligible for the CARES Act grant include: international, dual enrollment, transient, non-degree seeking, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and students who were totally enrolled in all online courses on or before March 13, 2020.
Students who already have direct deposit established with the College will receive their emergency funds by direct deposit and if not, a check will be mailed to your address on record.
Check your WaveNet account to identify your disbursement amount or you may contact (843) 349-5251 to speak with one of our student support representatives for further information. Please recognize that individual disbursements will vary by student based on the extent of their Pell Grant eligibility for the 2020 Spring semester.
According to the Federal Department of Education it can be used for expenses related to the cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.
No. If you meet the eligibility requirements, your disbursement amount will NOT be reduced by any outstanding balances that you may owe.
No, this is a grant and you will not be required to pay it back.