CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund
October 20, 2020
Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Section 18004
On March 27, 2020, the federal government enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), and a portion of HEERF funds must go directly to eligible students in the form of emergency financial aid grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis. In accordance with federal requirements, recipients must be eligible to file a FAFSA and eligible to receive federal Title IV student financial aid. HEERF also provided funds to help institutions of higher education offset increased costs due to the pandemic.
Student Portion (Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students):
In response to the transition to hybrid or remote delivery of instruction and educational programs due to COVID-19, Lewis & Clark opened a central grant application portal to apply for COVID-19 relief funds. Federal CARES Act funds were made available to help Lewis & Clark students in all three schools address expenses resulting from the campus closure and the hybrid and/or remote delivery of instruction and educational programs due to COVID-19. A single application form and process served all three campuses. The federal funds have been distributed and the application is now closed. Student applications were reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis in six rounds. Within each round, students with demonstrated financial need and those who had not previously received funding were given priority. As funds were limited, we were unfortunately not able to fulfill all requests. Please contact the Financial Aid Office if you need additional assistance.