Cares Act Funding

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report 

Southwestern Law School Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report – CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE AND RELIEF SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2021 (CRRSAA)

Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students 

Funding Report – Distribution as of September 30, 2021

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSA), Southwestern Law School – OPEID 00129500 received education stabilization funds designated exclusively for emergency financial aid grants to students.

Pursuant to guidance issued by the Department of Education published on May 13, 2021. We are providing the following information about the funds we have received, and how, and to whom, we have distributed them.

1. In January 2021, the Department of Education announced that the Institution would receive additional funding allocated under Section 314 (a)(1)(E) and Section 314(a)(1)(F). This institution has used 100 percent of these funds received to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.

2. The total amount of funds that the institution has received from the Department pursuant to Section 314(a)(1)(E) specifically for emergency financial aid grants to students was $106,060. The institution received an additional $163,703 from the Department under Section 314(a)(1)(F). The institution decided to use 100 percent of these additional funds received to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.

3. The total amount of emergency financial aid grants distributed to students under Section 314(a)(1)(E) and Section 314(a)(1)(F) of the CRRSAA was $269,763.

4. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and thus potentially qualified to receive emergency financial aid grants under both Section 314(a)(1)(E) and Section 314(a)(1)(F) of the CRRSAA, was 845 students.

5. The total number of students who received an emergency financial aid grant under both Section 314(a)(1)(E) and Section 314(a)(1)(F) of the CRRSAA was 309 students.

6. The methods we used to determine which students receive emergency financial aid grants and how much they would receive under both Section 314(a)(1)(E) and Section 314(a)(1)(F) of the CRRSAA are included below under "Student Emergency Funding Allocation."

7. The COVID Grant Form we provided to students concerning the emergency financial aid
grant appear below under "Student Notices."

Student Emergency Funding Allocation

All students in a school status of Active and enrolled, who have been determined eligible for Title IV funds, have been sent a Southwestern Law School COVID Grant Form to complete electronically. Students that have not completed a FAFSA or whom have been identified as not being eligible for Title IV funds have been contacted separately; we have requested that they complete a FAFSA to determine their eligibility.

This process of identifying additional eligible students that are in a school status of Active and enrolled will be repeated during the summer, fall and spring terms; these additional students will also be sent the Southwestern Law School COVID Grant Form to complete so they can be funded.

The form provides information about the emergency financial grant, including eligibility requirements. Students are requested to check applicable areas in which they need financial support for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus (including education expenses, course materials, technology, food, housing, healthcare and childcare). The form requires the student’s signature and attestation that the information provided is correct, and that they understand the purpose for the emergency financial aid grant funds.

Once the completed form has been received, students are awarded up to a total of $1,000 each. Students are scheduled to receive their funding in the particular term requested. Students that withdraw or graduate from school will not receive payment(s) from the emergency financial aid grant. We will continue this process until all funds have been fully disbursed.

In addition to providing funds to all students in a school status of Active and enrolled, we have begun to analyze responses provided by student on their Southwestern Law School COVID Grant Form. Where students indicate that they have extenuating circumstances and need for financial support for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus (including education expenses, course materials, technology, food, housing, healthcare and childcare), we will award additional funds if available. The amount awarded will be based on each student’s scenario.

We have posted information on this emergency financial aid grant to our website and sent multiple communications to our students to notify them of the availability of these emergency financial aid funds. We began sending the Southwestern Law School COVID Grant Form to students on March 10th, 2021.


Students Notices

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