CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act provides funding to colleges and universities through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”). To comply with reporting requirements, University of San Francisco is providing information about the use of these funds. 

On April 25, 2020, University of San Francisco signed and returned to the Department of Education the Funding Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CARES Act and 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.

Emergency Financial Aid Grants

Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act Amount/number
Total amount of funds that the institution has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students $3,646,944
Total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of July 2, 2020 $3,351,000
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 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act 9,112
Total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of July 2, 2020 3,060


USF used the following method to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act:

The grant amount each student received is based on Expected Family Contribution (“EFC”) as currently reflected on 2019-2020 aid application.

Undergraduate

Expected Family Contribution (“EFC”) Grant amount
$0 - $4,999 $1,500
$5,000 - $9,999 $1,000
$10,000 - $15,000 $500

Graduate

Expected Family Contribution (“EFC”) Grant amount
$0 $500

Instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants are as follows:

USF has received $3.6 million in federal emergency funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide financial assistance to our students. These one-time grant funds can be used to help cover any direct educational expense, such as books or computers, or other related costs, including housing, health care, food, or child care expenses during this pandemic.

You are one of more than 3,000 USF undergraduate and graduate students eligible to receive this grant aid based on your financial need. Each student’s grant will range from $500 to $1,500, depending on your level of financial need as defined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

To receive your grant, please complete the opt-in certification that has been added to your Student Hub Task Center by May 18. Once you’ve completed this certification, you will receive an email confirming your grant amount and next steps to receive the funds.

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If you have any questions, please reach out to mbeseda@usfca.edu.

Sincerely,

Michael Beseda
Vice Provost, Strategic Enrollment Management