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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Grants

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

Emergency grants for students impacted by COVID-19

The following information is provided to comply with the Department of Education’s CARES Act Reporting requirements.


March 29, 2021: 

As reported earlier, Linfield University was awarded a second round of funds for Student Emergency Relief Grants prioritizing awards to those with exceptional need.  It is important to note that there are some changes in process and eligible student expenses.  

HEERF II grant funds may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that were incurred after March 13, 2020 due to the coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or childcare.  

To apply for HEERF II Funds please log in with your Linfield credentials and find the ‘Emergency Grants – HEERF II” form: 

Eligible students have been expanded to include those enrolled in exclusively distance education courses or online programs. Current guidance from the US Department of Education does not allow federal relief funds to be awarded to international students, undocumented students, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. We will revisit the distribution of awards to these individuals if we receive future guidance that allows us to do so.  

If you and/or your parents have experienced a loss of income due to the COVID-19 Pandemic please reach out to the financial aid office at or call 503.883.2225.  They may be able to make adjustments to your FAFSA that could result in additional federal grant eligibility.  


Feb. 2, 2021: Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF II)

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on Dec. 27, 2020. As a result, the U.S. Department of Education announced January 14, 2021, that additional Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEERF II) funding is available to institutions of higher education (IHEs) to serve students to ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Linfield University is currently working to create a revised application for student use to make application for the emergency funds. Once the application and process are finalized, additional information will be announced via this Linfield Cares Act Reporting webpage, in Linfield Ahead, and an email to all students at the Linfield.

Nov. 12, 2020:

In accordance with Department of Education requirements below is a link to Linfield’s Final Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting for the quarter ended June 30, 2020:

First and Final QBER report for Institutional Portion under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) and 18804(a)(2)



Additional applications for Student Emergency Grants resulting from COVID-19 impacts have been suspended. If you have special circumstances, please contact Financial Aid ( to discuss alternative aid programs that may be available.

This page will be updated as new information becomes available.


Linfield’s CARES Emergency Student funds award amount


Estimated number of current Linfield students eligible to participate


Linfield's CARES Emergency Student funds amount approved*


Total number of students receiving an Emergency Student Funds award*

* as of 6/11/2020


Guidelines and requirements

Latest update: June 11, 2020

The below information is provided in accordance with Department of Education guidelines and will be updated regularly in compliance with the reporting requirements (initial report 30 days after of receipt of Linfield’s allocation and every 45 days thereafter):

  1. Linfield University acknowledges that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  2. The total amount of funds that the Linfield University will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is seven-hundred, twenty thousand, six-hundred, sixty-three dollars ($720,663).
  3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission is seven-hundred, twenty thousand, six-hundred, sixty-three dollars ($720,663) at June 11, 2020.
  4. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is one-thousand, five hundred, sixty (1,560).
  5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of June 11, 2020 is 559.
  6. Linfield has created a student application process which is vetted by three people (Financial Aid, Student Life, and Finance) to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.



Below are communications provided to the students to avail themselves of grants available under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act: