Institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the CARES Act are required to submit a report to the Secretary of Education describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). This page provides public information about the University of South Dakota's participation in the CARES Act and use of the college’s HEERF Institutional Portion (P425F202054). This information will be updated no later than 10 days after the end of each calendar quarter.
- The University of South Dakota signed and returned the Certification and Agreement for the Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund under the CARES Act to the Department of Education on May 8, 2020. These funds were awarded to the college on May 12, 2020.
- The University of South Dakota was allocated a total of $3,634,766 under Section 18004(a)(1). Pursuant to the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students, at least $1,817,383 will be distributed directly to eligible students impacted by campus disruptions due to the coronavirus. The Certification and Agreement for the Institutional Portion states that the remaining $1,817,383 may be used to cover institutional costs associated with the coronavirus.
- As of December 31, 2020, the University of South Dakota has drawn down funds from the HEERF Institutional Portion. $837,536 has been spent in the areas of technology, lost travel costs and student travel costs, refunds to students, and testing costs.
- Beginning April 6, 2020, the University of South Dakota refunded more than $2,240,059 of room and board charges to students who needed to leave campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The HEERF Institutional Portion ($1,817,383) provides a partial recovery of these funds.
- In addition to the $1,817,383, the University of South Dakota received funding for Strengthening Institutional Programs (P425M200626 & P425M200626 – 20A) in the amount of $183,555. As of December 31, 2020, the University of South Dakota has drawn down $149,963, to meet technology hardware needs for students.