HEERF Emergency Grants for Students - Willamette University

Congress has passed three different spending bills that authorize payments to institutions of higher education and their students to partially offset the financial impact of COVID-19. The following table summarizes the funds awarded to Willamette University under each of these three programs:

Student Relief Institution Relief SIP Funds Totals
HEERF I: CARES Act 754,617 754,617 76,307 1,585,541
HEERF II: CRRSAA 754,617 1,368,699 93,625 2,216,941
HEERF III: ARPA 1,891,285 1,891,284 174,770 3,957,339
Totals $3,400,519 $4,014,600 $344,702 $7,759,821

 As of September 30, 2022, Willamette University has spent all HEERF COVID relief funds.

Click here for HEERF grant disclosures for Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). 



The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was enacted on March 27, 2020.

  • On April 10, 2020 Willamette University signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or 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.
  • Willamette University received $1,509,234 in Section 18004(a)(1) funds, $754,617 (50%) pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  • As of June 30, 2021, $1,304,501 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants have been distributed to students; $754,617 of the Student Portion and $549,884 of the Institutional Portion.
  • An estimated 1,996 students were 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 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  • As of June 30, 2021, 786 students received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  • The University identified students who incurred additional costs due to early departure from University housing. The amount of the Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act was based on the date of their early departure.



The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) was enacted on December 27, 2020. Willamette University received $754,617 to be distributed directly to students.

As of December 31, 2021, $756,140 in emergency grants have been awarded to 247 students; $754,617 was awarded to 246 from the Student Portion of the grant and $1,523 was awarded to one student from the Institutional Portion. 1,792 students were eligible for these grants. 



The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was enacted on March 11, 2021 and included a third round of HEERF funding to institutions of higher education. Willamette University received $1,891,285 to be distributed directly to students. 1,882 students are eligible for these grants.

As of June 30, 2022, $1,891,285 has been distributed between 432 students (all from the Student Portion).


Summary of Funds Awarded Directly to Students

This table summarizes the total funds disbursed to students through September 30, 2022 (note: PNCA is reported separately. Click here for more information).

Student Relief Institution Relief Total Awarded to Students
HEERF I: CARES Act 754,617 550,428 1,305,045
HEERF II: CRRSAA 754,617 1,523 756,140
HEERF III: ARPA 1,891,285 0 1,891,285
Total $3,400,519 $551,951 $3,952,470 

Applications for Student Aid

As of 9/30/2022, all HEERF funds have been fully spent and are no longer available. 

Instructions, directions, guidance and the application provided to students for the University’s ongoing Emergency Fund grant program can be found here.


Institutional Aid Quarterly Reports

Quarterly Expenditure Report Student Expenditures Institutional Expenditures SIP Expenditures Total Expenditures Reported
Quarter Ending 09/30/2020 $728,861 $658,617 $0 $1,387,479
Quarter Ending 12/31/2020 2,100 82,422 76,307 160,829
Quarter Ending 03/31/2021 725,508 385,787 0 1,111,296
Quarter Ending 06/30/2021 37,119 989,705 93,625 1,120,449
Quarter Ending 09/30/2021 132,393 524 4,582 137,498
Quarter Ending 12/31/2021 583,318 855,356 524 1,439,198
Quarter Ending 03/31/2022 1,008,964 859,934 169,665 2,038,562
Quarter Ending 06/30/2022 149,746 (1,550) 0 148,196
Quarter Ending 09/30/2022 32,510 183,805 0 216,314
Total $3,400,519 $4,014,600 $344,702 $7,759,821
Willamette University

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