CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

Update: Institutions should feel free to upload their Certificates of Agreement to at their convenience. When filling out the Certificate of Agreement, please remember to enter the institution’s 50% direct-to-student allocation on the certificate, not the full 100% allocation. The availability of the remaining 50% of these funds will be announced soon.

Additional Instructions

Please refer to the posted instructions below on navigating the website and uploading Certificates of Agreement, and please refer to the Secretary’s letter below for guidance regarding distribution and usage of these funds.  The opportunity number is ED-GRANTS-041020-003.  If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Chris McCaghren, deputy assistant secretary for higher education programs, at 202-453-7337 or

  • Submission Procedures and Tips for Applicants: PDF (169K)
  • A Guide for how to apply for funding in PDF (170K)
  • Visual aid: PDF (1.2M)

Letter from the Secretary

CARES Act grant funding cover letter: PDF (138K)

A Certificate of Agreement

CARES HEERF Certification and Agreement: PDF (141K)

Formula allocations

Allocations for Section 18004(a)(1) of CARES Act: PDF (1.28M)

Methodology for Calculating Allocations: PDF (138K)


If you have questions concerning this program, please submit them via e-mail to


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