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CARES Act Funding

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing recession, Congress passed several economic stimulus bills that allocate Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) to colleges and universities based on their enrollment of Federal Pell Grant recipients and those students who do not receive Pell Grants.

The University was required to apply for these funds through two separate grants – one that represents the student portion and one that represents the institutional portion. The student portion of the funds is being distributed directly to students in the form of emergency grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. The University portion of the funds will be utilized to offset institutional costs caused by the pandemic.

See details of the economic stimulus bills and UHSP’s allocation below:

  • Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act):
    • Passed March 27, 2020
    • UHSP HEERF I Funding = $678k ($339k Students & $339k Institutional)
  • Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA):
    • Passed December 27, 2020
    • UHSP HEERF II Funding = $908k ($339k Students & $569k Institutional)
  • American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA):
    • Passed March 11, 2021
    • UHSP HEERF III Funding = $1.6M ($813k Students & $813k Institutional) 

As soon as the CARES Act was passed, the University began working immediately to understand the law and how to make the most impact for students and continue to do so with the addition of the CRRSAA and ARPA funding. Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education has been evolving and securing these funds has been a complex process.

The University’s leadership team has and will continue to issue communication to the campus community and post reports on the use of the CARES Act funds as needed.

We know the financial impact of the pandemic has been significant, and some students have faced immediate, dire financial crises.

Don’t forget that, in addition to the CARES Act funding, the University also has a Student Emergency Fund administered by the Students of Concern Committee.

If you are experiencing a crisis or financial emergency, please contact Dr. Isaac Butler, Pharm.D., MBA, at isaac.butler@uhsp.edu.

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