CARES Act (HEERF)
Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has provided money to colleges and universities for institutional support as well as support through three federal awards known as Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF):
- CARES: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (HEERF I)
- CRRSAA: Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (HEERF II)
- ARP: American Rescue Plan (HEERF III)
The purpose of the money is to support both William Jewell College as well as our students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.
William Jewell College received the following HEERF awards:
- HEERF I: $707,592, Per federal guidance the funds are to be split $353,796 (50%) towards institutional support and $353,796 (50%) towards student support.
- HEERF II: $989,524, Per federal guidance the funds are to be split $635,728 (65%) towards institutional support and $335,600 (35%) towards student support.
- HEERF III: $1,750,579, Per federal guidance the funds are to be split $785,289 (50%) towards institutional support and $785,290 (50%) towards student support.
For the HEERF funds dedicated to student support, William Jewell College distributed the entirety as emergency financial grants to students in a way that prioritizes students with the greatest demonstrated need while ensuring the funds are distributed as widely as possible. William Jewell College determined that its students experienced a variety of expenses resulting from the disruption of campus operations during Spring 2020 including, but not limited to food, housing, technology, course materials, and travel, as students were asked to move off campus and complete their programs virtually online. Jewell received a total of three grants:
- HEERF I: Funds distributed ($353,800) under HEERF I were distributed evenly across 610 students in the amount $580. Students selected to receive HEERF I funding were enrolled at William Jewell College as of May 2020.
- HEERF II: Funds distributed ($352,800) under HEERF II were distributed evenly across 294 students in the $1,200. Students selected to receive HEERF II funding were enrolled at William Jewell College as of February 2021, EFC less than 12,000, and excluding graduate students. 728 students were enrolled during the Spring 2020 semester. 744 students were enrolled during the Spring 2021 semester.
- HEERF III: Funds distributed ($70,420) under HEERF III were distributed evenly across 167 students in the $500. Students selected to receive HEERF III funding were enrolled at William Jewell College as of July 2021. 168 students were enrolled during the Summer 2021 semester. Additional HEERF III funds ($767,000) were distributed evenly across all 767 students during the 2021-22 Academic year. Students submitted an application to indicate how they wanted to receive their funds. 518 students received direct payment and 249 students applied their funds to existing balances. To exhaust HEERF III Funding, 10 additional students additional received HEERF III funding ($17,086) based on extenuating circumstances.
Students were advised by email of their awards and money could be applied to their student account balances with written confirmation or distributed to them via paper check to their address on file with William Jewell College on the date checks were produced. Parents and students who have experienced a change in their income since the start of the pandemic are encouraged to reach out to the Financial Aid Office regarding any potential professional judgments.
HEERF Institutional Reporting
HEERF 30-Day Report - June 10, 2020
2020 Quarterly Reporting
Quarterly Report - HEERF I Final Report (institutional)
2021 Quarterly Reporting
Quarterly Report - HEERF II Final Report (institutional)
Quarterly Report - HEERF III Final Report (institutional)
2022 Quarterly Reporting
Covering Quarter Ending June 30 - HEERF III Funding Report
Covering Quarter ending September 30 - HEERF III Final Funding Report