New Mexico Highlands University signed a certification and agreement with the US Department of Education agreeing to spend no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as Emergency Grants to students.
New Mexico Highlands University received $849,987 in funding. 100% of those funds have been spent on emergency grants for students as of July 20, 2020.
Approximately 2,620 Highlands students were eligible for funding through the CARES Act program.
2,058 Highlands students (at main campus and centers) received funding through the CARES Act program.
The funding was provided to students who experience disruption in their spring 2019 classes, either through the closing of the residential halls or due to the movement of online classes.
The eligibility guidelines were as follows:
- Students must be enrolled either full or part time for the Spring 2020 semester at NMHU.
- International students would not be eligible for the HEERF grants per U.S. Department of Education guidance.
- Students must be eligible to complete a FAFSA, be a U.S. citizen, or have a Social Security Number to be eligible for funds.
- NMHU students already receiving an employee or dependent tuition waiver would not be eligible.
- Students already enrolled in asynchronous online courses for the entirety of their credits in the Spring 2020 semester would not be eligible per U.S. Department of Education guidance.
Email communication sent to students:
Dear <<FIRST_NAME>> <<LAST_NAME>>,
I hope this note finds you and your family well during this challenging time.
NMHU is pleased to be awarding the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, which was granted through the CARES Act. These Federal funds are to assist qualifying students who experienced unexpected costs resulting from on-campus disruption caused by COVID-19. NMHU is distributing 100% of allocated Federal funds to eligible students. The amount awarded to each student is based on the number of credit hours the student is taking in the Spring 2020 semester. These funds are intended to offset some of the additional expenses you may have incurred during this time.
This semester has provided unexpected challenges and the fortitude to continue your studies is admirable. Now is the time to finish the semester strong. Know that your NMHU family is here to offer our continued support. For more information on available services visit the NMHU Website, or email the Student Success Center (firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Dr. Sam Minner
The following web pages contain additional resources for Highlands students.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information https://www.nmhu.edu/coronavirus-covid-19-information/
Financial Aid https://www.nmhu.edu/financial-aid/
Quarterly budget and expenditure reporting under CARES Act