President Myles Shelton announced today that Galveston College is offering emergency grants of up to $2,000 to enrolled students this fall to help ease the financial burden from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The students will be able to use this money toward emergency costs that arise due to the coronavirus,” he said. “Anything from childcare, food and healthcare to transportation, books and school supplies.”
Students will receive a payment if they are enrolled and attend classes for the fall 2021 semester and qualify under the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) authorized by the American Rescue Plan.
Galveston College received $2.8 million in funds to distribute to enrolled students in the form of emergency financial grants in fall 2021 and spring 2022. Since March 2020, 893 Galveston College students have received $1.3 million in emergency relief funds.
Students will receive payments ranging from $500 to $2,000, depending upon the number of semester credit hours in which they are enrolled.
Students enrolled in 1-5 hours will receive $500. Students enrolled in 6-9 hours will receive $1,000. Students enrolled in 9-11 hours will receive $1,500, and students enrolled in 12 or more hours will receive $2,000. Students enrolled in eligible Continuing Education workforce programs will receive $1,000.
“What is best for our students is at the heart of every decision we make at Galveston College,” Dr. Shelton said. “During COVID-19, our students have had hardships and even had to put their education on hold. Our hope is that this will help them get back on track to earn their certificates and degrees, and will help our new students get started without the additional financial barriers the pandemic has created.”
To receive emergency relief funds, all enrolled students are encouraged to submit an online form that will be available on the college website on Sept. 6.
Under the new funding guidelines, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is not required, and students who were not eligible in 2020 may now be eligible.
Registration is underway for the fall 2021 semester, which begins Monday, Aug. 30.