Midwestern University has donated 100% of the school’s estimated $ 8.5 million in higher education emergency assistance funds to support the nearly 7,000 health-care students enrolled on its campuses. of Downers Grove, Illinois and Glendale.
The HEERF program included three separate federal Midwest grant allocations (HEERF-I, HEERF-II, and HEERF-III) designed to support students in the form of cash grants and to support facility operations during the COVID pandemic. -19.
HEERF grants were initially allocated to the Midwestern with a stipulation that at least 50% of funds should go to students, with the remaining funds to be used by the institution to offset additional costs related to COVID-19. The administration at Midwestern University chose to award 100% of all HEERF grants received, or approximately $ 10.2 million, to university students as needs-based grants.
Midwestern has already awarded and disbursed approximately $ 8.5 million in HEERF grants to students. This includes the HEERF-I, HEERF-II and HEERF-III disbursement grants. HEERF-I and HEERF-II have been fully disbursed at this time, and Midwestern will provide an additional $ 1.7 million to students in the coming months.
“Through forethought and careful planning, Midwestern University’s infrastructure and operations are positioned so that we have the freedom to direct all of our federal allocations to our wonderful students,” said Kathleen H. Goeppinger, President and CEO of Midwestern University.
“These grants provide an important support mechanism for our future health heroes to acquire the skills and expertise necessary to improve the lives of people around the world in all areas of global health care.”
The HEERF grant program was authorized by the passage of three separate federal laws. The CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) law was adopted by Congress on March 27, 2020 and created HEERF-I. HEERF-II is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), enacted December 27, 2020. HEERF-III was authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), enacted on March 11, 2021.