California Western School of Law (“CWSL”) reports the following regarding its Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) activities under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act:
- CWSL signed and returned the CARES Section 18004(a)(1) certification and agreement form and intends to use the mandated amount of at least 50% of the funds to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.
- CWSL will receive $196,710 under Section 18004(a)(1), at least $98,355 of which will be distributed as emergency financial aid grants to students.
- As of August 24, 2020, CWSL has distributed $80,480 in grants to 106 of its students under Section 18004(a)(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 therefore eligible to receive an emergency financial aid grant as of April 2020 is 636.
- CWSL estimated that its students had typically incurred at least $250 of unexpected costs relating to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus; this was used as a “basic needs” number, but students could request up to $1000 if they had additional related costs (e.g. a computer purchase).
- A CWSL committee composed of faculty and staff reviews emergency grant applications; applications that meet the program criteria are awarded CARES funds where possible, to the program limit or to the amount supported by the application. In situations where CARES funds cannot be awarded, applications are reviewed for possible non-CARES emergency relief grants.
- CWSL publicizes its emergency relief grants in its weekly announcement emails to students and on its COVID-19 page, and instructs potential applicants to visit https://guides.cwsl.edu/c.php?g=1028494&p=7453257 for the application and additional information.