Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act & Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

Overview

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by the U.S. Government to provide support in the wake of the coronavirus public health crisis and associated economic fallout. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), which provides funding to the nation’s colleges and universities to provide emergency grants to students. This funding also covers a portion of certain unbudgeted costs and lost revenue due to the disruption of campus activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic under the HEERF’s Institutional portion. 

Humboldt State University has signed and returned Recipient's Funding Certification and Agreement to the U.S. Department of Education indicating that the university will use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency aid to students.

Humboldt State University was awarded $10,302,998, of which no less than $5,151,499 or 50% was disbursed to students. In addition, Humboldt State University was awarded $733,295 in Minority Serving Institution (MSI) HEERF funds.

Student Emergency Grants

The Funding Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act was signed and returned on April 22, 2020. Pursuant to the agreement, HSU was awarded $5,151,499. Upon receiving the funding allocation in April 2020, HSU distributed grants to eligible students based on financial need. 

The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter). 

  • Total amount: $4,687,742 (as of September 14, 2020)

The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  • 5261 received automatic grants (FAFSA filers)
  • Roughly 1400 eligible to request grants (did not file FAFSA)
  • 293 Students have requested grants, as of September 14, 2020

The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  • 5,932 students received CARES grants (as of September 14, 2020)

The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  • Amounts were based on EFC (from FAFSA) and whether the student was enrolled in full time or less than full time.
  • Amounts for requested grants were based on need

Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Information

The Funding Certification and Agreement for the Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) was signed and returned on May 1, 2020. Pursuant to the agreement, HSU was awarded $5,151,499. Although HSU has received the authorization to draw down funds, at this time the University has not utilized the institutional portion allocated to the campus as the campus is still working to certify all costs incurred. HSU plans to draw down a significant amount of these funds in the second quarter which ends on December 31, 2020.

Minority Serving Institution Funds (MSI) - Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

The Funding Certification and Agreement for the MSI Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund was signed and returned on May 1, 2020. Pursuant to the agreement, HSU was awarded $733,295. Note: On October 24, 2020, HSU received an additional $6,109, bringing the revised total award to $739,404. Although HSU has received the authorization to draw down funds, at this time the University has not utilized the MSI portion allocated to the campus as the campus is still working to certify all costs incurred. HSU plans to draw down a significant amount of these funds in the second quarter which ends on December 31, 2020.

Quarterly Expenditure Reports

September 30, 2020

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