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CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or, CARES Act, was passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump on March 27th, 2020. This bill allotted $2.2 trillion to provide fast and direct economic aid to the American people negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Of that money, approximately $14 billion was given to the Office of Postsecondary Education as the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, or HEERF.

University of South Carolina System Allocation - CARES Act

  Section I: CARES Act Section II: CARES Act Section III: CARES Act  
  Minimum Allocation to Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students Institutional Portion Strengthening Institutions Smaller Institutions Total CARES Act Funding
University of South Carolina - Columbia 10,707,565 10,707,565     21,415,130
University of South Carolina - Aiken 1,532,706 1,532,706 149,211   3,214,623 
University of South Carolina - Beaufort 1,037,627 1,037,627 100,957   2,176,211 
University of South Carolina - Upstate 3,052,328 3,052,327 296,212   6,400,867 
University of South Carolina - Lancaster 285,432 285,431     570,863 
University of South Carolina - Salkehatchie 391,621 391,620 38,087   821,328 
University of South Carolina - Sumter 352,900 352,900     705,800 
University of South Carolina - Union 228,957 228,956   42,087 500,000 
TOTAL $17,589,136 $17,589,132 $584,467 $42,087 $35,804,822

Section I: CARES Act Section 18004(a)(1) Reporting

Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students:

Institutional Portion:

Institutional Quarterly Reporting


Section II: CARES Act Section 18004(a)(2) Reporting

Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP):

Section III: CARES Act Section 18004(a)(3) Reporting

Smaller Institutions:



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