CARES Act Student Payment Information

The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) released guidance related to CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEERF) funding to higher education institutions to assist students with unmet expenses as a result of COVID-19. Funds must be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as:

  • course materials
  • technology
  • food
  • housing
  • health care
  • childcare
  • or other cost of attendance related item

Eligible students must meet certain citizenship status requirements. Students exclusively enrolled in online courses prior to March 13, 2020 are not eligible. In accordance with the HEERF Certification and Agreement signed and returned to the USDOE, the institution will 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. Our institution determined funds would be allocated to the largest number of students possible due to impacts of COVID-19 related events. Following Secretary of Education DeVos’s guidance, Pell eligible students received priority funding. However, based on our institution’s determined criteria, certain non-Pell eligible students were also considered eligible for the initial disbursement. Any disbursed emergency grant funds will be released to students by either refund check or direct deposit, depending on the method the student has set up with the college. A payment is not necessarily a reflection of a student’s current student account balance, as these funds are disbursed directly to a student no matter if a current balance is owed to the institution.

The institution began making HEERF payments to eligible students on June 4, 2020.

Students determined eligible for HEERF payments will receive a confirmation email from the institution. A copy of the email template may be reviewed here. Please direct all questions to CARES@southwest.tn.edu.

HEERF Payment Allocation Information

Total Students Potentially Eligible: 5,685
Total Money Available: $3,649,219
Total Amount Paid: $3,284,303.80
Total Number of Students Paid: 5,685

The table below is initially published no later than 30 days after the institution received HEERF funds and is updated every 45 days thereafter.

Date Institution Submitted HEERF Certification and Agreement to USDOE: 4/17/20
Date Information Originally Published Online: 5/22/20
Website Updated (1st 45-day requirement):   7/6/20
Website Updated (2nd 45-day requirement):    
Website Updated (3rd 45-day requirement):    
Website Updated (4th 45-day requirement):    
Website Updated (5th 45-day requirement):    
Website Updated (6th 45-day requirement):    
Website Updated (7th 45-day requirement):