On March 27, 2020, the federal government enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) to provide resources for higher education institutions, like Southwestern College. These funds were granted to alleviate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our students and our college. The CARES Act distributed funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”), and also in Southwestern College's case, included a Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) allocation.

The CARES Act requires institutions to use no less than 50 percent of the 2020 HEERF allocation 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). For information on the student aid portion of CARES funds, please visit the Student Emergency Funds page under Financial Aid.

Southwestern College accepted the funding and submitted the Certification and Agreement form on June 2, 2020. In accordance with the CARES Act, we are required to summarize the use of the institutional portion of the HEERF I, II, III funds through quarterly reports, which are posted below.

CARES Act Quarterly Budget & Expenditure Reports

2022Summary of CARES Act Distributions infographic with text description below




HEERF Annual Reports

Description of Expenditures


Financial Aid Emergency Grants to Students


Payments to/for Students
(Vaccine incentives, free shipping for learning materials, & fee refunds.)


On-Site Readiness for Social Distancing
(Campus safety & sanitation, instructional equipment, etc.)


Technology & Equipment
(Hardware to students, internet for faculty/students, etc.)


Transition to Remote
(Equipment for online instruction, training for distance education, etc.)


Discharge of Student Debt
(Replace lost revenue related to student debt.)


Replace Lost Revenue
(Free parking, closed food services, fitness center, etc.)


Total HEERF Expenditures