Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding

Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding

Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding (HEERF) provides funding to institutions of higher education to ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding includes emergency financial support for students who are and/or have been impacted directly by the pandemic.   

HEERF includes three separate acts:

  • CARES – Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act
  • CRRSAA – Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act
  • ARP – American Rescue Plan Act

CARES Act Funding

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”)), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020), the College of Western Idaho (CWI) is publishing the following information regarding the awarding and disbursement of funds to students in the form of emergency grants.

CWI has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and intends to use no less than 50% of the funds received from Section 18004(a)(1) and Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

CARES Act Information

705 Institutional Funds Received & Distributed

As of September 30, 2021, the College of Western Idaho was awarded $2,015,324 for institutional assistance for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

HEERF Quarterly Reporting 9/30/21

As of June 30, 2021, the College of Western Idaho was awarded $2,015,324 for institutional assistance for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

HEERF Quarterly Reporting 6/30/21

As of March 31, 2021, the College of Western Idaho was awarded $2,015,324 for institutional assistance for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

HEERF Quarterly Reporting 3/31/21

As of December 31, 2020, the College of Western Idaho was awarded $2,015,324 for institutional assistance for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

HEERF Quarterly Reporting 12/31/20

As of October 30, 2020, the College of Western Idaho was awarded $2,015,324 for institutional assistance for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

HEERF Quarterly Reporting 10/30/20

705 Student Funds Received & Distributed

As of September 30, 2021, the College of Western Idaho has received & distributed $2,015,324 in Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to students.

As of June 30, 2021, the College of Western Idaho has received & distributed $2,015,324 in Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to students.

As of March 31, 2021, the College of Western Idaho has received & distributed $2,015,324 in Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to students.

As of December 31, 2020, the College of Western Idaho has received & distributed $2,015,324 in Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to students.

As of September 30, 2020, the College of Western Idaho has received & distributed $2,015,324 in Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to students.

705 Eligibility & Distribution

As of September 30, 2021:

CWI has distributed the following Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding to 6,243 students.

  • Student Portion                     $2,015,324
  • Institutional Portion                   195,676
  • TOTAL HEERF: CARES          $2,211,000

 

As of June 30, 2021:

CWI has distributed the following Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding to 6,259 students.

  • Student Portion                    $2,015,324
  • Institutional Portion             $   195,676
  • Total HEERF: CARES            $2,211,000

 

As of March 31, 2021:

CWI has distributed the following Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding to 6,266 students.

  • Student Portion                   $2,015,324
  • Institutional Portion            $   195,876
  • Total HEERF: CARES           $2,211,200

 

As of December 31, 2020:

CWI has distributed the following Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding to 6,259 students.

  • Student Portion                 $2,015,324
  • Institutional Portion          $   194,176
  • Total HEERF: CARES         $2,209,500

 

As of September 30, 2020:

CWI has distributed the following Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding to 6,314 students.

  • Student Portion                 $2,015,324
  • Institutional Portion           $  204,876
  • Total HEERF: CARES         $2,220,200

 

CWI followed the methodology below to determine which students received Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

 

CWI remains committed to Student Financial Success while retaining Organizational Stewardship. We consider that all students incurred unanticipated expenses related to the disruption of campus operations in response to COVID-19. As such, funds allocated to CWI were distributed to all eligible students based on the model below.

The combination of a tiered approach partnered with a student application process allows CWI to disburse these funds to the majority of eligible students quickly while still providing an avenue for students to request additional funds, if needed. This model is designed to best meet the particular needs of our CWI student population.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled & eligible at the time of disbursement
  • Degree-seeking or enrolled in an approved certificate program
  • Title IV eligible as determined by the FAFSA
  • Meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Distribution Process for Spring & Summer Semesters 2020:

  • Distribution is tiered by eligible student’s attendance at the time of disbursement:
    • $400 – Full-time (12 credits or more)
    • $300 – Quarter-time (9 - 11 credits)
    • $200 – Half-time (6 - 8 credits)
    • $100 – Less than half-time (less than 6 credits)
  • Students were able to submit an application for additional funding. Amounts disbursed were determined on a case-by-case basis.

For the Spring & Summer Semesters 2020, CWI has estimated the 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 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to be 4,485 students.

Distribution Process for Fall Semester 2020:

  • Distribution is the following amount for each eligible student at the time of disbursement: $100
  • Students were able to submit an application for additional funding. Amounts disbursed were determined on a case-by-case basis.

For the Fall Semester 2020, CWI has estimated the 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 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to be 4,134 students as of the time of awarding.

705 Instruction to Students

All students eligible for Emergency Financial Aid Grants received the following email.

Dear Student,

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt by everyone, and the Department of Education has awarded additional grant funding to the College of Western Idaho to provide assistance to our students. This funding is provided to help you cover costs related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID19 and is intended to assist you with expenses such as course materials, technology, food, housing, healthcare, and childcare. A grant has been added to your account, which can be viewed in your myCWI account, and, depending on your refund method, you will be receiving this within the next 10 business days. If you have yet to set up a refund method, please do so at http://cwi.edu/current-students/refunds.

This is a grant and is money that you do not need to pay back. If you would like to request additional grant funding, please complete the application here. You will receive an email from us within a week regarding your request.

CWI Financial Aid Office

P.O. Box 3010
Nampa, ID 83653
financialaid@cwi.edu
208.562.3000 phone
888.562.3216 fax
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CRRSAA Act Funding

CWI was awarded funding established through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) to disburse $2,015,324 in Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) to students with exceptional need. We have acknowledged and certified that the institution will provide no less than designated under CRRSAA (a)(1) to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

CRRSAA Act Information

712 Institutional Funds Received & Distributed

As of September 30, 2021, the College of Western Idaho was awarded $8,656,173 for institutional assistance for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

CRRSAA Quarterly Reporting 9/30/21

As of June 30, 2021, the College of Western Idaho was awarded $8,656,173 for institutional assistance for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

CRRSAA Quarterly Reporting 6/30/21

As of March 31, 2021, the College of Western Idaho was awarded $8,656,173 for institutional assistance for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

CRRSAA Quarterly Reporting 3/31/21

712 Student Funds Received & Distributed

CWI has received & distributed $2,015,324 of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students as of September 30, 2021.

CWI has received & distributed $2,015,324 of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students as of June 30, 2021.

CWI has received & distributed $2,015,324 of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students as of March 31, 2021.

712 Eligibility & Distribution

As of September 30, 2021:

CWI has determined that there were 43,408 students eligible for Emergency Financial Aid Grants. CWI has distributed the following Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding to 6,913 students.

  • Student Portion                $2,015,324.00
  • Institutional Portion            1,605,412.55
  • TOTAL HEERF: CRRSA     $3,620,736.55

 

As of June 30, 2021:

CWI has determined that there were 38,265 students eligible for Emergency Financial Aid Grants. CWI has distributed the following Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding to 6,979 students.

  • Student Portion               $2,015,324.00
  • Institutional Portion         $1,608,964.55
  • Total HEERF: CRRSA      $3,624,288.55 

 

As of March 31, 2021:

CWI has determined that there were 37,484 students eligible for Emergency Financial Aid Grants. CWI has distributed the following Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding to 6,168 students.

  • Student Portion                $2,015,324.00
  • Pending Adjustment         $      1,000.00
  • Institutional Portion          $    90,627.00
  • Total HEERF: CRRSA       $2,106,951.00

 

CWI followed the methodology below to determine which students received Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

 

CWI remains committed to Student Financial Success while retaining Organizational Stewardship. As such, funds allocated to CWI were distributed to all eligible students based on the model below. The combination of a tiered approach partnered with a student application process allows CWI to disburse these funds to the majority of eligible students quickly while still providing an avenue for students to request additional funds, if needed. This model is designed to best meet the particular needs of our CWI student population.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled & eligible at the time of disbursement

Distribution Process for Spring & Summer Semesters 2021:

  • Distribution is tiered by eligible student’s attendance at the time of disbursement:
  • $400 – Full-time (12 credits or more)
  • $300 – Quarter-time (9 - 11 credits)
  • $200 – Half-time (6 - 8 credits)
  • $100 – Less than half-time (less than 6 credits)
  • Students were able to submit an application for additional funding. Amounts disbursed were determined on a case-by-case basis.
712 Instruction to Students

All students awarded for Emergency Financial Aid Grants received the following email:

Dear Student,

The Department of Education has awarded additional COVID-19 Emergency Grant Funding to the College of Western Idaho. This funding is intended to assist students with educational costs, including tuition and fees, housing and meals, books and supplies, transportation, etc.

You have been awarded an emergency grant, which can be viewed in your myCWI. Depending on which refund method preference you have set up, you may receive your refund within 10 business days. If you have not already done so, be sure to set up your refund method here. Please contact Student Accounts at studentaccounts@cwi.edu with additional questions regarding your refund method and timing.

If you need additional funds due to the financial challenges related to the pandemic, you can submit a request by clicking here. For more information, please visit the College of Western Idaho COVID resources page.

This grant is money that you do not need to pay back. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

CWI Financial Aid Office

Students who were awarded Emergency Financial Aid Grants due to completing an application for additional funds received the following email:

Dear Student,

Your COVID-19 Emergency Grant Funding application has been reviewed and you have been awarded additional grant money. This funding is intended to assist students with educational costs, including tuition and fees, housing and meals, books and supplies, transportation, etc. This grant can be viewed in your myCWI.

If you marked on your application that you would like your funds applied to your student account first, it will be posted to your account. If you have excess funds after the grant has been applied to your balance, you will receive a refund. If you did not choose that option or do not have an outstanding balance, you will be refunded the full amount of your grant. Depending on which refund method preference you have set up, you will receive your refund within 10 business days. If you have not already done so, be sure to set up your refund method preference here. Please contact Student Accounts at studentaccounts@cwi.edu with additional questions regarding your refund method and timing.

This grant is money that you do not need to pay back. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

CWI Financial Aid Office

ARP Act Funding

CWI was awarded funding established through the ARP – American Rescue Plan Act to disburse $9,756,478 in Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) to students with exceptional need. We have acknowledged and certified that the institution will provide no less than $9,756,478 designated under ARP (a)(1) to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

ARP Act Information

719 Institution Funds Received & Distributed

As of September 30, 2021, the College of Western Idaho was awarded $9,450,422 for institutional assistance for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

 ARP Quarterly Reporting 9/30/21

As of June 30, 2021, the College of Western Idaho was awarded $9,450,422 for institutional assistance for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

 ARP Quarterly Reporting 6/30/21

As of March 31, 2021, the College of Western Idaho had not received an award for institutional assistance for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III – American Rescue Plan (HEERF III - ARP).

719 Student Funds Received & Distributed

CWI has distributed $0 of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students as of September 30, 2021.

CWI has distributed $0 of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students as of June 30, 2021.

CWI has distributed $0 of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students as of March 31, 2021.

719 Eligibility & Distribution

CWI followed the methodology below to determine which students received Emergency Grants.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Academic Transfer / Career Technical Education Students – established enrollment for the fall semester
  • Workforce Development / Adult Education Students – enrolled in any course with a start date of July 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021

Note: Full-time employees of CWI are not eligible.

Methodology:

One block grant per student was awarded to eligible students enrolled in the time period from July 1, 20021 through December 31, 2021. 

The amount per student was based on the following at time of disbursement.

Student Type: Amount:
Adult Education $   500
Workforce Development $   500
Academic/CTE  
     EFC=0 $1,500
     EFC between 1 & 2100

$1,250

     EFC between 2101 & 5500 $1,000
     EFC between 5501 & 9000 $   750
     EFC over 9000 $   500
     no FAFSA $   500

 

Students were able to submit an application for additional funding. Amounts disbursed were determined on a case-by-case basis.

719 Instruction to Students

All students awarded Emergency Grants received the following email:

Dear Student,

As a part of the American Rescue Plan, the Department of Education has awarded additional COVID-19 Emergency Grant to the College of Western Idaho. This funding is intended to assist students with educational costs, including tuition and fees, housing and meals, books and supplies, transportation, etc.

You have been awarded an emergency grant based on your current EFC, which can be found on your Offer Letter. For help understanding your grant amount, see the ARP Act: Eligibility & Distribution section on the CWI COVID-19 Information and Resources page.

Refunds are usually available within 1-2 business days, provided a student has a refund preference set up. If you do not, go to the Disbursement and Refunds page. Please contact Student Accounts with additional questions regarding your refund method and timing.

If you need additional funds due to the financial challenges related to the COVID, you can submit an application by going to the Be Safe page.

This grant is money that you do not need to pay back. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Students awarded Emergency Grants due to completing an application for additional funds received the following email:

Dear Student,

Your COVID-19 Emergency Grant application has been reviewed. You have been awarded additional grant money.

Refunds are usually available within 1-2 business days, provided a student has a refund preference set up. If you have not set up a preference, go to the Disbursement and Refunds page. Please contact Student Accounts with additional questions regarding your refund method and timing.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.