CARES Act Reporting

In March 2020, the federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (Cares Act) which established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to assist enrolled students and higher education institutions during the unprecedented financial crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

As a participant in the CARES Act Relief Fund, Mills College signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement with the assurance that we intend to use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Mills College was allocated a total of $1,135,582 of which 50% ($567,791) was designated for student emergency financial aid grants, and 50% ($567,791) was directed for institutional support.

Student Emergency Grants

Recognizing that the effects of the coronavirus would present both immediate and long-term challenges to our students, Mills used some funds to provide immediate assistance to our students during the spring 2020 semester and reserved a portion to assist students during the fall 2020 semester.

  • On April 30, 2020, Mills notified students of the funds available and provided instructions (PDF) on how to apply for spring 2020 grants.
  • The fall 2020 application opened on Wednesday, August, 26, 2020 (the first day of classes), for all enrolled students via email for the fall semester. We encouraged students to apply for a grant once per semester.
  • In accordance with federal guidelines, a summary of the distribution of these funds will be issued in 2020 on May 26, July 10, August 25, October 10, November 25, and on January 10, 2021.

As of October 12. 2020, 100% of emergency grants have been distributed to students. 

Total Amount Distributed $567,791
Estimated Number of Eligible Students 725
Number of Students who Applied for an Award 388
Number of Students who Received an Award* 322
Total Amount Awarded $567,791
Average Award $2,104.63

* Reasons for declines: not eligible for Title IV funding, not COVID-19 related, no verification of loss of income, no active enrollment for eligible relief term, current Mills employee

Emergency Grant Awarding Criteria

Students who receive the Emergency Financial Aid Grants are identified based on the following awarding criteria:

Institutional Support Reporting

Fifty percent of Mills' CARES Act funding allotment ($567,791) was used to provide institutional support. The funds were allocated as outlined in the quarterly reports below. 

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report: September 30, 2020 (PDF)