CARES Act Funding Report and Disclosure

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was approved by Congress and includes support for higher education in the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.  As a result, WSU received aid in the form of two grants from the Department of Education totaling $21,768,544.  One of these grants is intended for emergency financial aid grants to students facing expenses due to the coronavirus, and the second is intended to provide the institution with relief for costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to coronavirus.  Mandatory reporting elements for the student-focused grant can be found at WSU’s Student Care Network website.  The following reporting elements are associated with the institutional grant.

As of June 30, 2020:

  • WSU has been awarded $10,884,272.00 for relief of institutional expenses associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to coronavirus.
  • WSU has received a total of $10,282,444.56 of this award.
  • To date, these funds have been used to recover lost revenue from housing and dining services, to purchase hot spots for internet access, to provide refunds for student parking passes and to refund study abroad program application fees.
  • WSU has not created nor retained any jobs specifically as a result of this award.
  • WSU has not awarded any subcontracts or subgrants related to this award.
  • Management of the CARES Act grant funds is a team effort; the Vice President for Finance and Administration authorizes expenses to this award, while partners in the Controller’s Office and Sponsored Programs Services review, process and help ensure the use of these funds comply with applicable regulations and policies. Decisions related to the use of this award are made in consultation with WSU’s Executive Policy Group, as part of the COVID-19 Incident Command Structure.  All employees involved in expending and accounting for funds are trained and follow WSU BPPM 10.04, related to Internal Controls.