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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provides colleges and universities emergency assistance in two parts.

If a college or university accepts the assistance, they must pass half of the money to federal Title IV-eligible students as an emergency grant for expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as food, housing, course materials, health care, and child care. The remaining half of the CARES Act funding must be used to help the college or university to help with expenses of moving to remote teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Birthwise CARES Act stimulus funds were approved on April 21, 2020 for $51,189. Half of these funds — $25,594.50 — will be distributed to Title IV eligible students who were enrolled in our programs for Spring 2020 Semester, and attending classes on March 27, 2020. The student portion of CARES Act Stimulus Funds were received by Birthwise Midwifery School on July 2, 2020.

Birthwise has estimated that 47 students who are or could be eligible to participate in the Federal student financial aid programs under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, and thus are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.Birthwise students will receive this funding. Each of the 47 student who qualified will receive $544.57 via check no later than the end of August, 2020.

On August 25, 2020 Birthwise Midwifery School issues 45 checks in the amount of $568.76 to all students who meet all qualifications set by The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) as of that date and all checks were mailed on August 26, 2020.