Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”) Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act

NWHSU signed and returned to the Department of Education a Certification and Agreement and assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

On 4/27/20, NWHSU received $194,269 from the Department pursuant to our Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. NWHSU received an additional $194,269 and $496,081 on 1/28/21 and 5/25/21 respectively.

As of 10/10/21, NWHSU has distributed $884,619 to eligible students.

For the first distribution, there were 849 students at NWHSU that were eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 1800(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

849 eligible students received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

The institution awarded $220 to all students that were eligible as of 4/15/20. Checks were mailed to the students on 4/28/20.

The following guidance was mailed with the checks:
These funds are being provided to you as part of the CARES Act. NWHSU received funding from the Department of Education’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) for distribution to students in the form of an emergency grant.

The funds are to be used to cover 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.

In addition, NWHSU has awarded $4,160 in total to <10 students who presented evidence of additional financial distress to the University.

 

For the second distribution, there were 840 eligible students. We requested students apply for the funds and explain how coronavirus had impacted them and created expenses for them related to cost of attendance, food, housing, course materials, health care, technology and child care. Applications were reviewed by a staff committee and funds were awarded based on each of these categories. In addition, all Pell eligible students were awarded a grant of $275.

In total, 226 students received an award with a total of $194,269 being awarded. For those students that provided banking information the funds were deposited directly to their account on 3/8/21. Checks were mailed to all other students on 3/8/21. When the awards were paid the following guidance was provided:

These funds were allocated to NWHSU through the second round of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF II) authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Act (CRRSA).Through this application process we have been able to award 100% of our allocation to students in need.

As noted on the application, these funds can be used for:

    • Any component of your cost of attendance
    • Emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as:
      • Food
      • Housing
      • Health care (including mental health care)
      • Childcare
      • Technology costs to learn remotely

For the third distribution, there were 964 eligible students. Again, we requested students apply for the funds and explain how coronavirus had impacted them and created expenses for them related to cost of attendance, food, housing, course materials, health care, technology and child care. Applications were reviewed by a staff committee and funds were awarded based on each of these categories. If a student had received an award in round two, their total award was reduced by 10%. In addition, all Pell eligible students were awarded a grant of $750.

In total, 290 students received an award with a total of $496,081 being awarded. For those students that provided banking information the funds were deposited directly to their account on 7/1/21. Checks were mailed to all other students on 7/1/21. When the awards were paid the following guidance was provided:

These funds were allocated to NWHSU through the third round of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF III) authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP). Through this application process we have been able to award 100% of our allocation to students in need.

As noted on the application, these funds can be used for:

  • Any component of your cost of attendance at NWHSU
  • Emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as:
    • Food
    • Housing
    • Physical & Mental Health Care
    • Childcare
    • Technology costs related to remote learning

HEERF Quarterly Report 9.30.20 (PDF)

HEERF Quarterly Report 12.31.20 (PDF)

HEERF Quarterly Report 03.31.21 (PDF)

HEERF Quarterly Report 06.30.21 (PDF)

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