HEERF stands for Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds. The United States Government issued stimulus packages to institutions of Higher Education in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. Cowley College received funding to assist students and the institution for COVID-19 related expenses. The college must use a portion of the funding to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

The United States Government has passed three bills included in the HEERF funding:

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All HEERF I Funds have been awarded and this grant is now closed.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law on March 27, 2020, created education stabilization funds available through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting

  1. HEERF I Quarterly Reporting – 103020 for 2020 Q3
  2. HEERF I Quarterly Reporting – 012521 for 2020 Q4

Cowley College has received $1,206,714 in total from the CARES ACT. Cowley College will distribute 50% of these funds ($603,357) directly to students as emergency financial assistance to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations in the wake of COVID-19. Click here for more information about how much of these funds have been distributed and how many students have received funding.

CC students must meet the following eligibility requirements to receive CARES Act Funding:

  • Eligible to receive Title IV federal aid. This eligibility is evaluated through completion of the 2019-2020 FAFSA.
  • Enrolled on/after March 23, 2020 for Spring 2020 students attending in-person course(s).
  • Experienced expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

If you are eligible to file a FAFSA, but have not yet filed for 2019-2020 and need assistance please contact us at 620-441-5304. The FAFSA can be filed at studentaid.gov.

The U.S Department of Education has excluded certain students from eligibility.  Those students that are part of any of the following categories are not eligible to request funds:

  • International students
  • Undocumented students
  • Students who were enrolled exclusively in online programs on March 13th
  • High school students

Grant Funds may not cover all costs requested or actually incurred. It’s beneficial to document actual amounts paid and provide as many details as possible in the explanation.

Qualifying expenses include:

  • Medical Expenses
  • Course Materials Expense
  • Technology Expenses
  • Food Expense
  • Housing Expenses
  • Child Care Expense

We will award available funds based on number of hours enrolled for Spring and Summer.

% Hours Spring 1st Allocation Spring 2nd Allocation Summer Allocation
25% 1-5 hours $226 $55 $226
50% 6-8 hours $452 $99 $453
75% 9-11 hours $677 $142 $677
100% 12 or more hours enrolled $903 $186 $903


Questions? Contact financialaid@cowley.edu or 620-441-5304.

The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

Date of Report Total Funds Disbursed Percent of Funds Disbursed Total Students Awarded
Initial Direct Disbursement $12,869 2% 16
Reports as of 05/29/2020 $318, 768 53% 378
Report as 06/18/2020 $429,838 71% 508
Report as of 06/30/2020 $603,571 100% 547

President’s Authorization Statement:

At Cowley College, we acknowledge that we have signed and returned the CARES Act certification and agreement form. We also acknowledge that we are using these funds to provide the mandated amount of 50% of emergency financial aid grants to our students until funds are exhausted.


signature of Dr. Dennis Rittle


Dr. Dennis C. Rittle, CC President 

Date January 13, 2021
Total # of Students Eligible 681
Total # of Students Receiving Funding 547
Total Funding Distributed $603,571


Cowley College acknowledges that as of this date, this figure represents the number of Spring 2020 students who are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and therefore eligible to receive an emergency financial aid grant.

Cowley College acknowledges that as of this date, the figure indicated represents the number of students who have received an emergency financial aid grant.

Cowley College acknowledges that as of this date, the figure indicated represents the total funding that has been distributed to students as our 30-day reporting date.