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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law on March 27. The $2 trillion economic relief package protects Americans from the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19.

The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund provides funding to higher education institutions to provide emergency financial aid grants to eligible students to cover expenses resulting from disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.