University of the West Institutional CARES Act

HEERF – Institutional Portion Reporting
Institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the CARES Act are required to submit a report to the Secretary of Education describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

This page provides public information about the University of the West’s participation in the CARES Act and use of the institution’s HEERF Institutional Portion (P425F204226). This information will be updated no later than 10 days after the end of each calendar quarter.

UWEST signed and returned the Certification and Agreement for the Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund under the CARES Act to the Department of Education on June 25, 2020. These funds were awarded to the university on July 2, 2020.

UWEST was allocated a total of $140,086 under Section 18004(a)(1). Pursuant to the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students, at least $70,043 will be distributed directly to eligible students impacted by campus disruptions due to COVID-19. The Certification and Agreement for the Institutional Portion states that the remaining $70,043 may be used to cover institutional costs associated with COVID-19.

As of August 12, 2020, UWEST has drawn down funding from the HEERF Institutional Portion, exercising a total of $70,043 in the area of institutional lost revenue.

Beginning April 1, 2020, UWEST offered and accepted room and board refund requests due to COVID-19. UWEST has refunded a total of $105,989.67 of room and board charges to students who needed to leave campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The HEERF Institutional Portion ($70,043) provides a recovery of these funds.

Section 18004(a)(3) – FIPSE of the CARES Act authorizes the Secretary to allocate funds for part B of Title VII of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (“HEA”), for institutions of higher education that the Secretary determines have the greatest unmet needs related to coronavirus. Pursuant to Section 18004(d)(1) of the CARES Act, the Secretary gave priority to any institution of higher education that is not otherwise eligible for funding under Sections 18004(a)(1) and 18004(a)(2) of the CARES Act of at least $500,000 and demonstrates significant unmet needs related to expenses associated with coronavirus. On November 4, 2020, UWEST was allocated a total of $359,914 under Section 18004(a)(3) -Award Number:P425N200895. Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting would be required for Section 18004(a)(1) – Institutional Portion, Section 18004(a)(2) and Section 18004(a)(3) – FIPSE. Of these Sections, UWEST only qualified and applied for two of the sections: Section 18004(a)(1) – Institutional Portion and Section 18004(a)(3) – FIPSE.

For questions or concerns regarding UWEST’s CARES Act (HEERF) Reporting, please contact our CFO, Amy Chong via email at  or via phone at (626) 571-8811 Ext. 2116.