The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides for Higher Education Relief Fund (HEERF) grants to students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses.
Luther College signed and returned a certification and agreement to the Department of Education on April 11, 2020 with the assurance that the institution 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.
Luther’s portion of the CARES Act for student emergency grant aid is $690,342. Luther distributed $690,346.07 to 1,415 students out of a possible 1,417 eligible students. Grant recipients were notified that the awards were for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.
To qualify for CARES Act HEERF student grant aid, students must be eligible for federal aid. Luther awarded the student emergency relief grant aid using the following criteria:
The funds were made available to Luther on April 22, 2020, and refunds were sent to students on May 2, 2020. If a student qualified, the funds were sent to them via direct deposit (if available) or by mailed check to the address on file.