The CARES Act establishes and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Sections 18004(a)(1) and 18004(c) of the CARES Act, which address the HEERF, allow institutions of higher education to use up to 50 percent of the funds they receive to cover 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, including marketing and advertising; endowments; or capital outlays associated with facilities related to athletics, sectarian instruction, or religious worship (collectively referred to as “Recipient’s Institutional Costs”). These FAQs address only the funds for Recipient’s Institutional Costs provided by the Secretary to an institution under Section 18004(a)(1) and subject to Section 18004(c).
Northeastern Junior College received $434,179 from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) as the institutional share. Please see the CARES grant report for information regarding the Student Share.
These funds were used to offset refunds to students for $216,395.36 for meal plan refunds, $211,633.64 for housing refunds and $6,150 for stall rental refunds due to the institutions determination to move instruction to remote delivery and encouraging students to depart from the residence halls.
The college received an additional $42,840 from the HEERF SIP funds which was also used to offset housing refunds.
Northeastern refunded $274,246.28 to students for Housing refunds, $226,211.61 for meal plan refunds and $6,150 for stall rental refunds between 4/17/2020 and 6/30/2020.
All funds and expenditures are maintained in an isolated fund to ensure appropriate internal controls for appropriate expenditures and funds were drawn down under a reimbursement model.