Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Compliance Statement

Hawai’i Pacific University [HPU] provides important information regarding the CARES Act stimulus signed into law by the U.S. Congress on March 27, 2020 where a portion of these funds were allocated for higher education in the form of emergency grants for students, and, financial support for schools during the pandemic.

The portion of the higher education allocation in the Act were provided to schools based on the formula stipulated in the legislation for the following purpose only:

  1. Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds [HEERF] in the form of
    1. Emergency Financial Aid Grants for Students
    2. Institutional financial support to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the disruption of educational activities
  2. Minority Serving Institution [MSI]
  3. Grants to institutions particularly impacted by the coronavirus, to be administered through the Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education [FIPSE] *Priority of these grants went to small institutions who received less than $500,000 under the HEERF

Accordingly, the following information must appear on the HPU website in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 18004(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter:


1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to 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.

Hawai’i Pacific University had signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement to provide assurance that 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act will be used to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. Federal Funding Period: 04/24/2020 – 04/23/2021.


2. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

HPU had obtained $939,850 from the U.S. Department of Education pursuant to the Certificate and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. The purpose of the HEERF Emergency Financial Aid Grants is to provide grants to students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, childcare expenses, and other expenses caused by the disruption.


3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

As of September 30, 2020, 2020, HPU has distributed $687,000 in awards of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.


4. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

Estimated 3,273 student were enrolled and approximately 2,997 were eligible for the CARES Act funds for spring 2020. Not all 2,997 students were FAFSA filers. HPU provided an opportunity for all students to complete a FAFSA and a survey. HPU had an application process for those students applying for CARES Act funding. HPU utilized the FAFSA process to certify that applicants were eligible for Title IV funding. Students did not have to receive FSA Title IV funds to be eligible for the CARES Act funding, only be determined as an eligible student through the FAFSA process.


5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

As of September 30, 2020, 2020, HPU has distributed awards of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to 234 students.


6. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

CARES Act funding determination

Level 1 priority Award Amount Range $3,300 - $4,600

  1. COVID-19 related illness has affected student, spouse, or family
  2. Spouse laid off from work student unemployed
  3. Both parents lost their jobs related to the COVID-19 actions
  4. Student, spouse, parent(s) if returned home unable to pay rent/mortgage, health insurance, electric, etc.
  5. Student rent etc. or apartment may be lost and face homelessness
  6. Student, spouse, or parent(s) furloughed due to COVID-19 actions
  7. Student transportation impacted, repair,


Level 2 Priority Award Amount Range $2,600 - $3,500

  1. Student temporarily laid off or furloughed
  2. Student applied for unemployment insurance and having difficulty as payments not received as of request date or does not qualify
  3. A parent lost employment due to COVID-19 actions


Level 3 Priority Award Amount Range $2,300 - $2,800

  1. Neither of the above scenarios was provided in the survey responses, but the student indicated that they were impacted.


Level 4 Priority Award Amount Range $1,000 - $1,350

  1. No information was provided by the student in the survey. Required review of documentation in application to validate priority

Emergency financial aid grants will also be issued to the approximately 475 incoming residential students to ameliorate the costs associated with State-ordered quarantine and modified quarantine procedures designed to further the health and safety of campus operations and the island community during the coronavirus pandemic. The emergency financial grants will be used for an emergency housing, transportation, and food per diem during any period of mandatory quarantine following transpacific travel to Hawaii.

Residential students whose insurance does not fully cover the cost of an in-state PCR (health care) test, obtained in anticipation of State-approved modified quarantine procedures following transpacific travel to Hawaii, will be reimbursed up to $150.00 for a PCR test.


7. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

Students were provided an email that directed them to complete a brief confidential survey that enabled HPU to understand how each financial situation clearly was impacted by the economic circumstances related to the coronavirus. The application students access for CARES Act relief does not mean the applicant will automatically receive monies. Funds were awarded based on available funding and capacity for the support to help the student in this time of need.

Examples of what may have been funded through the Student CARES Act Emergency Assistance to support students who were experiencing financial hardship due to the impact of the coronavirus include:

  • To assist with the costs of food and household essentials if your income has been affected because of COVID-19 (e.g. job loss, reduced hours at work );
  • To assist with costs of unexpectedly studying online (g. loan of laptop, mobile data if no Wi-Fi is available at home);
  • Travel and transit accommodation cost for on campus students who are unexpectedly had to return to the family residence home (e.g. mainland home) or the need to self-isolate as required by COVID 19;
  • To assist with family emergencies due to the pandemic


The Department of Education announced that students must be eligible for Title IV aid to qualify for the CARES Act relief grants. Title IV eligibility is required for the distribution of relief funds, and a student must have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2019-2020 academic year.

All students who have a 19/20 ISIR/SAR were eligible for the funds, regardless if the student received or accepted federal financial aid awards.



Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion, 18004(a)(2), and 18004(a)(3)