CARES Act | Coronavirus

30-Day Report | May 27, 2020

On March 27, 2020, the federal government enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). A portion of HEERF funds must go directly to eligible students in the form of emergency financial aid grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis. In accordance with federal requirements, recipients must be eligible to file a FAFSA and eligible to receive federal Title IV student financial aid. CARES Act funds cannot be awarded to non-Title IV eligible students, international students, DACA students, or students enrolled in an online program prior to March 13, 2020.

The following information is provided as required by the U.S. Department of Education to comply with reporting requirements under the CARES Act. This is the university’s first 30-day progress report; additional reports will be provided every 45 days.

  • Pacific University has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the U.S. Department of Education and 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.
  • Pacific University's authorized award amount for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students is $1,161,736.
  • As of May 26, 2020, the university has not drawn any of the available funds from our federal account. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act stands at zero; however, disbursements will begin Friday, May 29, 2020, and continue through June 2020.
  • Approximately 2,997 students at Pacific are 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 188004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. Pacific University has chosen, however, to award grants to students with financial need, as determined by the 2019-20 FAFSA.
  • As of May 26, 2020, no students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant. Pacific will update this site as disbursements are made to students.
  • Pacific University will provide $400 Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Pacific students who:  
    • were enrolled in a face-to-face program as of March 13, 2020, 
    • filed a FAFSA for the 2019-20 academic year, 
    • demonstrated financial need (as determined by the FAFSA) on March 13, 2020, and
    • met all eligibility criteria for federal Title IV financial aid programs.  

Any additional instructions, directions, or guidance regarding the Emergency Financial Aid Grants for Students will be posted on this site.