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Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act

HEERF Reports

October 2020

June 2021

October 2021

December 2021

HEERF Institutional Portion

In addition to funding for emergency financial grants for student, the CARES Act also established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Institutional Portion to allow higher education institutions to cover costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus. The funding is intended to cover the cost of:

  • providing refunds to students for room and board, tuition, and other fees,
  • purchasing laptops, equipment, and additional software subscriptions to enable students to transition to distance learning,
  • campus safety and operations, including disinfecting and cleaning, purchasing of personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning supplies, reconfiguring facilities to promote social distancing, and
  • any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus, so long as such costs do not include payment to contractors for the provision of pre-enrollment recruitment activities; endowments; or capital outlays associated with facilities related to athletics, sectarian instruction, or religious worship.

UC San Diego was awarded $17,931,499 for Institutional impacts and is applying the funding towards:

  • $9.3M to cover room and board refunds paid to students,
  • $5.7M for a pay for a portion of the Return to Learn initiative including outdoor classroom structures, infrastructure, equipment, and security, facilities health and safety reconfiguration and wastewater testing.
  • $1.0M for remote computer labs and other remote learning software, laptops, and remote teaching supplies, and
  • $1.5M to hire 300 student employees as Triton Health Ambassadors to assist with the Return to Learn initiative by providing resources, education, and outreach to campus community on safe and healthy behaviors on campus and in the classroom.
  • $485K to provide laptops to students from the campus bookstore.
  • $1.5K for outreach to financial aid applicants about the opportunity to receive a financial aid adjustment due to the recent unemployment of a family member or independent student, or other circumstances.

Please note that the Department of Education reports are not cumulative, but reflects the activity that took place in the quarter covered in the report.