CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEERF)

The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) released guidance related to CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEERF) funding to higher education institutions to assist students with unmet expenses as a result of COVID-19. Funds must be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as course materials, technology, food, housing, health care, childcare, or other cost of attendance related items.

Students exclusively enrolled in online courses prior to March 13, 2020, dual enrollment, transient, and DACA students are not eligible for funding. In accordance with the HEERF Certification and Agreement signed and returned to the USDOE, the institution will use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

For more information about the application and awarding of the Emergency Student Grant, go to CARES Act Emergency Grant

Payment Methodology

Our institution determined funds would be allocated to the largest number of students possible due to impacts of COVID-19 related events. Following Secretary of Education DeVos’s guidance, Pell eligible students received priority funding. However, based on our institution’s determined criteria, certain non-Pell eligible students were also considered eligible for funding. Criteria for eligibility include:

  • An individual must have been a student as of March 13, 2020
  • Students cannot have been enrolled solely in an online format as of March 13, 2020
  • Dual enrollment, transient, and DACA students are not eligible for funds

Disbursement Process

Any disbursed emergency grant funds will be released to students by either refund check or direct deposit, depending on the method the student has setup with the college. A payment is not necessarily a reflection of a student’s current student account balance, as these funds are disbursed directly to a student no matter if a current balance is owed to the institution.

Students determined eligible for HEERF payments will receive a confirmation email from the institution. A copy of the email template may be reviewed here. Please direct all questions to CARES@ColumbiaState.edu.

 

HEERF Payment Allocation Information

  • Number of eligible students who may qualify for HEERF payments: 3,736
  • Total amount of HEERF aid available for payments to students: $1,642,610
  • Total amount of HEERF aid paid to eligible students: $1,478,343
  • Total number of eligible students paid: 3,736

Information below is initially published no later than 30 days after the institution received HEERF funds and is updated every 45 days after. Below are the dates.

  • Date Institution Submitted HEERF Certification and Agreement to USDOE: April 27, 2020
  • Date Information Originally Published Online: May 15, 2020
  • Website Updated (1st 45-day requirement): June 29, 2020
  • Website Updated (2nd 45-day requirement): August 13, 2020
  • Website Quarterly Update: September 30, 2020
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HEERF INSTITUTIONAL PORTION REPORTS