Coronavirus Emergency Relief Funding

Update: January 28, 2021

The Pardee RAND Graduate School has been approved for $29,269 from the Department of Education for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

In addition, Pardee RAND has received $470,321 under the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). These funds provide an additional allocation for institutions of higher education not receiving at least $500,000 under the student and institutional emergency grants. These funds may be used to defray institutional expenses—including lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with a transition to distance education, faculty and staff trainings, and payroll—related to the pandemic incurred on March 13, 2020 or later.

As part of the approval process, Pardee RAND signed and returned a Certification and Agreement to the Department of Education. Pardee RAND will 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.

Pardee RAND estimates that 75 students at the institution are 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.

Pardee RAND students were informed that all students who were U.S. citizens or permanent residents were eligible for emergency relief funded through the CARES Act. Students were told that grants covered expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, including food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care.

Students were instructed to fill out a request form stating the student’s name and the amount of funding requesting. Students were asked to list expenses by category (e.g., technology), state the date the expense was incurred, and to explain how the expense was caused by the disruption of campus operations.

Pardee RAND distributed funding to students with the aim of providing funding to as many students who applied as possible, as well as to provide funding in greater amounts to students who had incurred large expenses. Except for cases of financial need, funding in the first round was capped at $2,000 for large expenses such as loss of On-the-Job-Training project work or childcare, and $300 for smaller expenses such as technology or office equipment purchases, for a total of $2,300 per student.

Related Documents

Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to Students

The date of Pardee RAND’s Certification and Agreement is May 13, 2020.

Funding Round Date Funding Approved Number of Students Receiving Grant Aid Total Amount Distributed to Students
Round 1June 26, 202014$8,602
Round 2July 31, 202014$11,987
Round 3Sept 4, 202012$9,090
Total 31*$29,679

*Students were eligible to apply for funding in each round, with the funding caps applying across all rounds. In total, 31 students received funding.

Note: This is the final report that covers all remaining HEERF fund expenditures for Section 18004(a)(1) - Student Portion funds.