The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $4.5M to the University of Guam and $1.1M to the Guam Community College, appropriated in the CARES Act and disbursed to institutions of higher education based on student enrollment. At least 50% of these funds will be used to provide students with emergency financial aid grants to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations during the coronavirus.
“I strongly urge UOG and GCC to program these funds we secured for Guam into tuition rebates to students, who during these times could use hundreds of dollars in rebates to help support themselves and their families,” said Congressman San Nicolas.
In a letter from U.S. Education Secretary Devos she adds, “The CARES Act provides institutions with significant discretion on how to award this emergency assistance to students. This means that each institution may develop its own system and process for determining how to allocate these funds, which may include distributing the funds to all students or only to students who demonstrate significant need.”