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CARES Act & Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)
Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act, provides students much-needed grants to address the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus.  One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). HEERF provides funds to institutions for emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of on campus instruction and all other campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Student Eligibility Requirements for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Grants

On June 22, 2020, Downey Adult School received funding approval in the amount of $1,232,716.00 in grant monies from the CARES Act.  The first 50% of the grant is solely allocated to provide students with an Emergency Financial Aid Grant.  The remaining 50% of the grant is allocated to the institution to partially cover costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus including Faculty/Staff training.

To be eligible for an emergency financial aid grant at Downey Adult School, a student must be enrolled with active attendance, on March 13, 2020 through August 30, 2020 in a Title IV eligible program of study excluding those programs of studies with a modality of 100% distance education, have submitted a completed 2019-2020 FAFSA and have met with a Financial Aid Administrator for successful processing of the 2019-2020 FAFSA. No separate application is required.

CRRSAA: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II)
Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. These funds are in addition to the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, noted above. On February 19, 2021, Downey Adult School received funding approval in the amount of $2,288,989.00 in additional grant monies from the CRRSAA.

Student Eligibility Requirements for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) Grants

The first $616,358.00 of this new grant is solely allocated to provide students with an Emergency Financial Aid Grant.  The remaining balance of the grant is allocated to the institution to partially cover costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus including Faculty/Staff training.

To be eligible for an emergency financial aid grant at Downey Adult School, a student must be enrolled with active attendance, on March 13, 2020 through the present in an eligible program of study including those programs of studies with a modality of 100% distance education. No separate application is required.

We have been instructed to prioritize students with exceptional need and feel that all our students may need financial assistance at this time and are therefore planning to disburse funds to as many students as possible. Since that includes many students, we have split the list and will disburse to sets of students over several weeks. We have prioritized students who began first and will finish their programs first.

ARP: American Rescue Plan (HEERF III)
Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) is authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2, signed into law on March 11, 2021, providing $39.6 billion in support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ARP funds are in addition to funds authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260 and the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136. Emergency funds available to institutions and their students under all emergency funds total $76.2 billion. On May 11, 2021, Downey Adult School received funding approval in the amount of $4,045,273.00 in additional grant monies from the

Student Eligibility Requirements for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III) Grants

The first $2,032,431.00 of this new grant is solely allocated to provide students with an Emergency Financial Aid Grant.  The remaining balance of the grant is allocated to the institution to partially cover costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus including Faculty/Staff training.

To be eligible for these emergency financial aid grants at Downey Adult School, a student must be enrolled or previously enrolled, on March 13, 2020 through the present in an eligible program of study including those programs of studies with a modality of 100% distance education. No separate application is required.

We have been instructed to prioritize students with exceptional need and feel that all our students may need financial assistance at this time and are therefore planning to disburse funds to as many students as possible. Since that includes many students, we have split the list and will disburse to sets of students over several weeks. We have prioritized students who began first and will finish their programs first.

Funds will be disbursed to students outside of the regularly scheduled disbursement dates.  Students will be mailed an emergency financial aid grant check via the United States Postal Service.