• Federal Programs 

    The CARES Act, which establishes and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), directs institutions of higher education (“institutions”) to use no less than 50 percent of funds received under Sections 18004(a)(1) and 18004(c) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.  

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Grants for Postsecondary Education: Information for CARES (HEERF I), CRRSAA (HEERF II), and ARP (HEERF III) Grant Recipients.

    The Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) understands the uncertainty and ripple effect of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on institutions of higher education, staff, faculty, students, and parents. New federal legislation, funding priorities, and administrative changes emerge quickly. Due to the nature of emergency funding, OPE is diligently working to provide clear and timely information to better inform your decision-making processes.