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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting- Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students
Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”)), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020), directs institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the Act to submit (in a time and manner required by the Secretary) a report to the Secretary describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”). Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act requires institutions to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received from Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). On April 9, 2020, the Department published documents related to the Emergency Financial Aid Grants, including a letter from Secretary Betsy DeVos, a form Certification and Agreement for signing and returning by institutions to access the funds, and a list of institutional allocations under 18004(a)(1).
Midwestern University signed and returned the Funding Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students on April 22, 2020. The institution used 100% of the funds to HEERF grants to students (this was higher than the 50% amount mandated to be used as grants to students).
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) was authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. The Notice of Proposed Institutional Eligibility Criteria for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Supplemental Aid to Institutions of Higher Education (SAIHE) Program can be found here: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/heerfiieligibilitymemo.pdf. Midwestern University has received it’s grant funding in the amount of approximately $2.8 million. Continuing with our focus on student success and well-being, we will be making 100% of these funds available for student grants.
The following list is in reference to the amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grant funding received, scheduled, and distributed to Midwestern University and its students:
Total Amount of Funding
The total amount of funds that the institution will receive under the HEERF I & II student portion is $2,255,126. To date, the institution has received $1,127,563.
Total Amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants Distributed to Students
The total amount that has been distributed to students as the date of March 31, 2021: $3,918,126.
Total Number of Students at Midwestern University Eligible to Receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants
The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), and therefore eligible to receive an emergency grant as of March 31, 2021 is 5,952.
Total Number of Students who have Received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant
The total number of students who have received an emergency grant as of March 31, 2021 is 6,125. Students may have received both HEERF-I and HEERF-II grants.
Method(s) used by Midwestern University to Determine who Receives Emergency Financial Aid Grants
Midwestern followed the U.S. Department of Education’s guidance on administering the CARES HEERF grants as required by the law. Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act requires institutions to use the funds received from Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).
Only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), received HEERF-I emergency financial aid grants as outlined in the U.S. Department of Education guidance on April 21, 2020.
To be eligible under Section 484 in Title IV of the HEA you must be enrolled and currently attending. We take our role in administering the CARES HEERF program seriously. We are administering the program based on the regulatory language and guidance provided.
Students must be registered and attending at Midwestern University for the quarter they receive the award. Students must be an eligible U.S. Citizen. Award amounts will be based on student need as determined by the Student Financial Services Office.
We take our role in administering the HEERF programs seriously. We are administering the program based on the regulatory language and guidance provided.
Each student must complete an application and submit supporting documentation. Each application is reviewed and a determination is made if the students request meets the qualifications. All applications that are approved then receive a second review and administrative approval prior to being processed and disbursed. The maximum grant amount for students is $1,200. The actual grant depends on the students request type and availability of funds.
Additional Information Regarding Emergency Financial Aid Grants
Midwestern set up a web page to provide information to students on the HEERF Grant program. The link to that page is here: https://www.midwestern.edu/admissions/tuition-and-financial-aid/cares-heerf-grant.xml
This page provides detailed information on the eligibility requirements and how to apply.
In addition, students received information from our President on April 23, 2020 in the PDF attached here.
Students on both campuses also received direct information on the HEERF-I Grant program for our financial aid offices on April 24, 2020, see attached PDFs for Downers Grove, IL here and Glendale, AZ here.
All institutions who received HEERF grant must publicly post its first report, which covers the period from the date of its first institutional HEERF grant award through September 30, to its website by October 30. You can find Midwestern University's HEERF data collection reporting forms here:
September 30, 2020 here
December 31, 2020 here
March 31, 2021 here