UOG, GCC students to benefit from CARES Act funds

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Students from the University of Guam and Guam Community College will benefit from the CARES Act funding that these two educational institutions will receive.

The University of Guam will receive $4.5 million in grant funding from the CARES Act. About $2.3 million will be reserved for UOG students to help cover expenses related to the disruption of their education due to the coronavirus.

Details on the program and how funds will be allocated and disbursed will be released soon.

“The funds from the CARES Act will ensure our students receive much-needed financial support to pursue their education,” UOG President W. Thomas Krise said in a news release. “Our students will be able to count on some financial respite despite so many unknowns in our current situation. We are working on making funds available as soon as possible.”

The UOG campus has been closed since late March, and all classes have transitioned online for the remainder of the semester.

In preparation for the distribution of funds, students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office at [email protected] to set up direct deposit and to update their contact information.

GCC, on the other hand, will get  $1.14 million in federal CARES Act funds to support GCC’s students for the disruption and uncertainty caused by COVID-19. The funds received will be disbursed to assist students during this time as cash grants to cover course materials and technology, food, housing, etc.

GCC has begun the process of identifying all currently enrolled full time and part-time students in the Spring Semester and verifying their status so that initial disbursements can begin as early as next week. All currently enrolled GCC students are being asked to verify their mailing address on record, immediately make the necessary updates, or send requests for assistance to [email protected]

“We met as a management team this morning and started the process so we can get these monies to our students as quickly as possible. During this unique time, we understand the difficulties our students face. We will do everything we can to help them complete their education so they are better prepared to enter the workforce once we’ve beaten COVID-19,” GCC president Mary Okada said.

GCC’s campus remains closed, however, students are asked to check MyGCC, the GCC website (guamcc.edu) and all of GCC’s social media channels for more information.

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