CARES Act Report Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

As of June 25, 2020, Miami Regional University is providing emergency grants to eligible students from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), under the CARES Act, to support our learners who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19 campus disruptions. To promote transparency and comply with Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act, we are providing the following public information:

Miami Regional University signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement on June 4, 2020. Miami Regional University received $774,452.00 in funding from the CARES Act. Half of that, $387,226.00, is specifically designated as emergency financial aid grants to students. The University is in the process of distributing those funds to eligible students who have incurred expenses associated with the disruption of their education due to coronavirus.

The total amount of funds that Miami Regional University received from the Department for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students is $387,226.00

The total amount of the Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is $268,100 as of July 25, 2020.

The estimated total number of Miami Regional University students 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 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 1,876.

A total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 766 as of July 25, 2020.

Miami Regional University determined which students would receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants based upon the CARES Grant application and verification of Title IV aid eligibility. To determine award amounts, the method used was based on the number of students potentially eligible and the funding provided by the Federal Government for the student aid portion of the CARES Act. All students who met the basic criteria established by the Department of Education from the CARES Act legislation were emailed mailed an application for funding. An application was also included on the University’s CARES Act webpage where a student could submit if they did not receive or misplaced their University communication. All students who returned a completed application and certified on the application that they met the criteria on the application by the cut-off date were mailed a check for $350.  Emergency Grants will be awarded until funds are exhausted.

On June 26, 2020 all eligible students were notified via their student email that Miami Regional University would receive and distribute Emergency Financial Aid Grants under the CARES Act. Students were directed to the FAQ page for further information and a link to the online application. Upon submission of the application, students were notified that they would receive a communication to their email address within 5-7 business days. On July 3, 2020 an email was sent reminding students of the deadline for the Cares Grant funds.


Miami Regional University was awarded $387,226.00 on June 25, 2020 for funding students through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”) established in accordance with Section 18004 of the Coronavirus Aid, and the CARES Act provides federal aid to institutions of higher education to provide emergency financial assistance. These funds are to help students cover expenses related to unanticipated travel, additional technology requirements, or other needs related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.

MRU will make federal CARES Act funds available to undergraduate and graduate students that have submitted a FAFSA and meet all other Title IV eligibility requirements. Students must apply for consideration and funds will be awarded on an ongoing basis until exhausted.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I need to apply for the emergency grant?
Emergency grants require an application and certification of use of funds. The application for the CARES Grant funds is available on the MRU student portal.

Who is eligible for CARES Act funds?
The general eligibility criteria for these grants are:

  • Students must have been enrolled in at least one onsite course at MRU during the Winter 2020 semester and remained enrolled through at least March 13, 2020
  • Students must have been matriculated in a certificate or degree program on March 13, 2020
  • Are not enrolled in a fully online program
  • Have filed a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) (Students who have not completed a FAFSA can still do so.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Do not owe a refund for any federal student aid or are not in default on federal student loans
  • Are a U.S. citizen or other Title IV eligible noncitizen

Will this funding reduce my financial aid?
No, this fund does not negate nor replace financial aid, and it is a one-time grant.

What are the types of expenses covered by CARES Act funding?
CARES Act funding will cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the effects of the coronavirus. This could include money spent for unanticipated travel, replacement of medications, emergency childcare due to extended school closures, course materials, food, additional technology requirements, etc.

How long before I know if I am awarded?
Our goal is to provide funding decisions within 5-7 business days depending upon the sufficiency of your application and provided documentation. Follow-up questions and supplemental information can be sent to: mrucaresfunds@mru.edu

What if I am not funded the amount that I requested?

Every application is evaluated individually, and the amount granted is based on documented qualified expenses and available funding. If you need additional help, you can submit a new request.

How will I receive the funding if my request is approved?
Paper Check
A paper check will be available and mailed to the home address on record with the University. To change your address, please contact the Registrar’s office at Registrar@mru.edu

How much funding will I get?
Each student will certify and apply for the amount of their eligible expenses, however, the maximum amount per student is $500.

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