By President Emerita Judie Wexler March 1, 2021

Date last updated: October 10, 2020

In compliance with the provisions of the CARES Act regarding the awarding of emergency funds to students, this page provides information relevant to the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

NOTE: This is the final report that covers all remaining Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund expenditures for Section 18004(a)(1) Student Portion funds.

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

CARES signed agreement submitted on April 16, 2020.

  1. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

$176,178.00 in Section 18004(a)(1) Student Portion funds

  1. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

As of October 10, 2020, the total amount distributed to students as emergency financial aid grants is $176,178.00.

  1. The estimated 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 to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

There are 968 students eligible to participate (based on FAFSA eligibility and eligible programs).

  1. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

As of October 10, 2020, 141 students received the Emergency Financial Aid Grant.

  1. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

Awarding Criteria: Funding amounts will vary based on the circumstances that may be directly impacting your education, and are not to exceed an amount of $1,500, as determined by California Institute of Integral Studies.

CIIS opened up the CARES Act Application to all students who are eligible to complete a 2019-2020 FAFSA with an application deadline on May 8, 2020.  May 11, 2020 the CARES Act Committee reviewed all applicants and allocated the funds in three groups:

  • Undergraduates who met the eligible criteria and submitted the CARES Act application by said deadline.
  • Graduate/Professional students with dependents who met the eligible criteria and submitted the CARES Act application by said deadline.
  • All other Graduate/Professional students who met the eligible criteria and submitted the CARES Act application by said deadline. 
  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
  • Must be enrolled in an eligible degree program at the time of application
  • Must be a U.S citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Must be eligible to complete a FAFSA application

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