Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting

CARES Act Funding (HEERF I)

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is a $2 trillion federal economic relief package that was signed into law March 27, 2020 providing a variety of financial relief to businesses and individuals. The CARES Act established and funded a $14 billion Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide student emergency grants and meet institution needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

St. Catherine University received $2.3 million under the CARES Act designated for student grants, and we distributed the funds to eligible students according to CARES Act requirements.

St. Catherine University received an additional $2.3 million under the CARES Act designated for institutional support which was used to provide prorated room and board refunds to students in Spring 2020 when campus was closed due to COVID-19. As a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), St. Kate’s received an additional $10,722 in institutional support, used to purchase sanitation equipment and supplies.


CRRSAA Funding (HEERF II)

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) was signed into law on December 27, 2020 and provided $21 billion in aid to institutions of higher education to support students and institutions. St. Catherine University received $1.3 million from the CRRSAA to provide emergency grants to students, and almost $3.4 million designated for institutional support. The University received an additional $18,122 in institutional support as an MSI.


ARP Act Funding (HEERF III)

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act signed into law on March 11, 2021 provides approximately $40 billion in support to institutions of higher education during the COVID-19 pandemic. St. Catherine University was awarded $4.2 million for student grants and $3.9 million for institutional support, with an additional $28,861 in MSI support. The University is developing a plan during Summer 2021 to distribute funds according to requirements of the ARP Act.


HEERF Student Grant Reports

In accordance with Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act “CARES Act” St. Catherine University provides the following information describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Reef Fund (“HEERF”).

May 2020 Funding Report (HEERF I)

June 2020 Funding Report (HEERF I)

July 2020 Funding Report (HEERF I)

August 2020 Funding Report (HEERF I)

December 31, 2020 Quarterly Funding Report (HEERF I) – FINAL REPORT was submitted on January 28, 2021 through the Education Stabilization Fund reporting portal.

Student Communication and Instructions

  • The University issued a Community Update on April 17 that included notification of St. Catherine University’s allocation, the restriction and intention of the University to distribute half of the funds as direct emergency grants for students.
  • The University emailed all community members on May 15, 2020 details about the distribution of the CARES Act HEERF student emergency grants.
  • A detailed Frequently Asked Questions was developed and posted to this website.
  • A link to CARES information is provided on the home page of the University where record of communications and updates are posted. 

March 31, 2021 Quarterly Funding Report (HEERF II and III)

June 30, 2021 Quarterly Funding Report (HEERF II and III)

Student Communication and Instructions