Introduction

Of the $2.2 trillion allotted in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, approximately $14 billion was given to the United States Department of Education’s (USDOE) Office of Postsecondary Education as the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

Of the $14 billion, the University of Hawaiʻi (UH) has received approximately $44.9 million in three different allotments, or tranches, with different purposes for each tranche.

Tranche 1 (Student Grants)

These funds are to “…provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).” Sec. 18004 (c)

Individual UH campus reports can be found below:

Tranche 2 (Institutional Portion)

Institutions of higher education “…may use the funds received to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus, so long as such costs do not include payment to contractors for the provision of pre-enrollment recruitment activities; endowments; or capital outlays associated with facilities related to athletics, sectarian instructions, or religious worship.” Sec. 18004 (c)

Tranche 3 (Minority-Serving Institutions)

These funds “…may be used to defray expenses (including lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with a transition to distance education, faculty and staff training, payroll) incurred by institutions of higher education and for grants to students for any component of the student’s cost of attendance including food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.” Sec. 18004 (a) (2)

Deadline to Use These Funds

According to guidance provided by the USDOE: “All institutions were given 1 calendar year (365 days) from the date of award in their HEERF Grant Award Notification (GAN) to complete the performance of their HEERF grant.”

Although it varies by UH campus, GANs were awarded around mid- to late-April 2020.

Links to FAQs on USDOE’s website:

Last modified: September 23, 2020