CARES Act – Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

CARES Act

JUNE 2021 - QUARTERLY UPDATE

On April 13, 2020, the Certification and Agreement form was signed and sent to the Department of Education. Per the agreement, Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act (HEERF I) to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students, WMU-Cooley Law School will use no less than 50 percent of the funds received to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus (such as: food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).

  • The total amount of funds received under the HEERF I student portion was $202,618.

As of April 8, 2021, the total amount of HEERF I grants ($202,618) was distributed to 234 students.

On January 19, 2021, Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA Act) Section 314 (a)(1) – HEERF II allocated an additional $202,618 for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students, in which WMU-Cooley Law School will use at least the same dollar amount on student grants as they were required to spend under the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus with exceptional financial need (such as; food, housing, course materials, technology, health care including mental health, and child care).

  • The estimated number of students at the institution eligible to participate in the programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and therefore eligible to receive emergency financial aid grant, is 624. 
  • The total number of eligible students who have received emergency financial aid grant is 251 (total HEERF I and HEERF II).
  • The total number of students who received an emergency financial aid grant during this quarter is 34.
  • The total amount of emergency financial aid granted to students during this quarter is $48,261 (student fund allocation) and $4,078 (institutional fund allocation) total = $52,339.  
  • The institution utilized an application process (along with supportive documents provided by each applicant) to determine which students did or will receive emergency financial aid grants.  The amount was capped at $2,000, with the cap subject to change depending on the volume of requests and levels of need identified through the application process.

On April 14, 2021, students received an email inclusive of the process to apply for the emergency financial aid grant for HEERF II grants. The application can be found HERE.

On May 24, 2021, American Rescue Plan (ARP) allocated an additional $524,511 which has not yet been utilized. 
 

 

 

 
 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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