Boise State University signed and submitted the Certification and Agreement for the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) on April 28, 2020. Boise State University has already partially awarded and intends to continue to award no less than 50 percent of the total CARES Act funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
Boise State University is scheduled to receive a total of $10,937,516 in CARES Act funding. No less than 50 percent ($5,468,758) must be spent on direct emergency funds to students. The remaining amount is designated for institutional use.
On May 6, 2020, Boise State University issued $3,442,925 in CARES Act HEER funds to 5,446 students enrolled in the spring semester. Future payments are planned for students enrolled in the summer and fall semesters.
The Department of Education defined the eligibility for CARES Act HEER funds as:
- Title IV eligible as defined in Section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965; including, Satisfactory Academic Progress
- Enrollment in a ground-based program on March 13, 2020
Based on this criteria, 10,266 students were eligible to receive CARES Act HEER funding. Boise State University utilized the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) derived from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine the distribution plan. While a large number of students were financially impacted in a variety of ways, it was determined that those with the lowest income were the least financially prepared to overcome those impacts. Therefore, funds were distributed to eligible students with an EFC up to $10,000.
|EFC Range || Spring Amount (05/06/20)||Number of Recipients
|EFC of $0||$675||2,015
|EFC $1 - $3,000||$650||1,487
|EFC $3,001 - $5,576||$600||850
|EFC $5,577 - $7,000 *||$650||432
|EFC $7,001 - $10,000||$500||669
*This group of students fall just outside of the financial eligibility criteria for the federal Pell grant; the proposed HEERF reflects this financial situation.
Enrolled students with higher EFCs that incurred expenses due to the disruption of campus operations are encouraged to complete the secondary application to be considered for funding in the summer and fall semesters. All applications will be reviewed after the following deadlines:
Summer – June 9
Fall – September 9
The following communication was sent to CARES Act HEERF recipients via BroncoMail: CAREs Email