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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 June 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, and be a Pell Grant recipient or have a received an interim disbursement by July 13, 2020. No separate application is required.

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.