30-Day Reporting


On May 6th, 2020, the Office of Post-secondary Education provided an update on higher institutions reporting of their funding received known as the “30-day Fund Report”. Reporting for WMU-Cooley Law School began 30 days from the signed date, April 13th, 2020, of the first installment of CARES Act -HEERF grant. 

On April 13, 2020, the Certification and Agreement form was signed and sent to the Department of Education. Per the agreement, Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act, 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 student portion is $202,618.

As of May 13, 2020, the total amount of HEERF grants that have been distributed to students (i.e. first 30-day deadline) is $61,644.

  • 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 900.
  • The total number of eligible students who have received emergency financial aid grant is 61.
  • 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 10, 2020, students received an email inclusive of the process to apply for the emergency financial aid grant. The application can be found here.


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