Report Date: Nov 16, 2020

  • The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or, CARES Act, was passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump on March 27th, 2020. This bill allotted $2.2 trillion to provide fast and direct economic aid to the American people negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Of that money, approximately $14 billion was given to the Office of Postsecondary Education as the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, or HEERF.
  • In order to receive HEERF funds, institutions of higher education must certify with the U.S. Department of Education (Department) that the institution will use no less than 50 percent of funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  • The University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) signed and submitted the Funding Certification and Agreement with the Department on May 7, 2020. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students UIS will receive from the Department pursuant to this Certification and Agreement is $865,944.
  • The amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to UIS students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act since the date of Funding Certification and Agreement is as follows:
    • $515,307.78 distributed in first awarding (Spring 2020)
    • $37,670.00 distributed in second awarding (Summer 2020)
    • $312,966.22 distributed in third awarding (Fall 2020)
    • $865,944.00 distributed to date
  • The estimated total number of UIS students 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, is 1,418.
  • The total number of students to date who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is:
    • 669 first distribution (Spring 2020)
    • 48 second distribution (Summer 2020)
    • 375 third distribution (Fall 2020)
    • 1,092 recipients to date
  • The method(s) UIS used in Spring 2020, Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 to determine which students were eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, and how much they received were as follows:
    • Spring 2020 full-time undergraduate and graduate students who completed a FAFSA and were not enrolled in an online-only program as of March 13, 2020, were invited to apply.
    • Summer 2020 enrolled undergraduate and graduate students who completed a 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 FAFSA and who were not enrolled in an online-only program were invited to apply.
    • Fall 2020 enrolled undergraduate and graduate students who completed a 2020-2021 FAFSA and were not enrolled in an online-only program were invited to apply.
    • The Office of Student Financial Aid reviewed and approved all applications Spring and Summer 2020.  Fall 2020 applications were reviewed and approved on a first come, first served basis until all funds had been exhausted.
    • All eligible applicants for Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act were awarded up to a maximum of $1,000 based on their reported additional expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following announcement was emailed to all eligible students on May 7, 2020:

Dear UIS Student,

As you may know, UIS will be distributing $865,000 of emergency grant funding through the CARES Act Higher Education Stabilization Fund. Spring 2020 full-time undergraduate and graduate students who completed a FAFSA and were not enrolled in an online-only program as of March 13, 2020, may apply. You are receiving this email because our records show that you qualify to apply.

The CARES funds will be provided as direct grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of the educational experience—such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, transportation and child care–due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds have been expended. UIS CARES applications must be received by May 15.

If you have questions about the UIS CARES grant program, please contact UIS Enrollment Management at caresact@uis.edu.

The following announcement was emailed to all eligible students on July 27, 2020:

UIS has some extra money to give to you. It is grant money that does not have to be repaid. We received $865,000 of emergency grant funding through the CARES Act Higher Education Stabilization Fund. We have been through one round of funding, but are now offering a second opportunity for students enrolled in Summer 2020 courses. You are receiving this email because our records show that you qualify to apply.

The CARES funds will be provided as direct grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of the educational experience, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, transportation and child care–due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you already submitted a request for Summer 2020, you may revise your request until August 7. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds have been expended. UIS CARES applications must be received by August 7. If you have questions about the UIS CARES grant program, please contact UIS Enrollment Management at caresact@uis.edu.

The following announcement was emailed to first year students who were either first generation, low income or a part of an underrepresented population on October 16, 2020 and to all eligible students on October 22, 2020:

UIS has some extra money to give to you. It is grant money that does not have to be repaid. We received emergency grant funding through the CARES Act Higher Education Stabilization Fund. You are receiving this email because our records show that you qualify to apply.

The CARES funds will be provided as direct grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of the educational experience such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, transportation and child care–due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds have been expended. UIS CARES applications must be received by Wednesday October 21, 2020.

If you have questions about the UIS CARES grant program, please contact UIS Enrollment Management at caresact@uis.edu.