Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and CARES ACT

Plans for Resuming On-Campus Instruction:

ASL SCHEV Plan for Returning to Campus – 8-19-20

This plan has been reviewed by the State Council of Higher Education and has been found to be compliant in containing the required components of the ‘Higher Education Reopening Guidance,” which was developed in consultation with the Virginia Department of Health. You can view the Reopening Memo here.



The Appalachian School of Law has signed and returned to the Department of Education the CARES Act Certification and Agreement and given 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.

ASL received $20,805 from the Department designated for emergency grants to students (50% of the total received under Section 18004(a)(1)) pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

As of 10/30/2020 ASL has distributed $20,805 under Section 18004(a)(1) Student Aid Portion of the CARES Act HEERF Grant Programs.

Student Need Number of Students Total Distributed
Additional Childcare 3 $1,125.00
Computer Equipment and Internet Costs
Associated with Online Education
7 $3,050.00
Other Costs Related to the Disruption in Campus
Operations Due to COVIC-19
5 $2,170.00
Equally Distributed to Eligible Students 144 $14,460.00

The initial distributions above have been made on the basis of submission of a request form by students after being notified by email of the availability of funds. Students were asked to identify a need resulting from the disruption in campus operations due to COVID-19. Distributions were made in the amount identified by the student but have been limited to a maximum of $500 per student to ensure that as many student needs are met as possible. Students have been notified by email several times of the availability of grant funds and the procedure for making a request.

Section 18004(a)(1) Student Portion Quarterly Public Reporting Requirement
HEERF (a)(1) Student Aid Portion Quarterly Public Reporting Tracking Spreadsheet

As of 10/30/2020 ASL has spent $20,804.00 under Section 18004(a)(2) Institutional Portion of the CARES Act HEERF Grant Programs.

Institution Need Total Spent
Computer Equipment and Internet Costs
Associated with Online Education

As of 12/31/2020 ASL has spent $458,391.00 under Section 18004(a)(3) of the CARES Act HEERF Grant Programs.

Institution Need Total Spent
Design and Installation of Resources
Associated with Online Education
Campus Safety and Operations $42,457.00

The Department of Education’s notice to institutions regarding this source of grants is available here. The associated FAQ is available here.

HEERF Quarterly Reporting v131 06.30.2020
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HEERF Quarterly Reporting v131 12.31.2020