CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Statement

The health and wellbeing of the Cleveland Institute of Music community will always be our greatest priority. Due to the ongoing pandemic, we know many students are facing significant challenges. To aid CIM students who have been greatly impacted financially due to the evolving crisis, CIM has received special federal funding via the CARES Act.

Through the CARES Act, the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (or HEERF) helps institutions and their students overcome the impact of the pandemic on teaching and learning. The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund-IHE/Student Aid portion provides funding to relieve urgent student needs around areas of housing, food, technology, healthcare and childcare. The CARES Act requires all participating colleges and universities to provide access to the following Student Aid information. This reflects CIM’s report, as of October 6, 2020.

  • The Cleveland Institute of Music has signed and returned to the Department of Education the CARES Act Certification and Agreement. This document is an assurance that CIM 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.
  • The total amount of funds that CIM will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is $93,134.
  • 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) is $93,134.
  • 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 is 199.
  • The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 199.
  • CIM’s method of evaluating eligibility is based on an extensive, weekly review process by a committee of administrative staff and approval from leadership, as well as confirmation that all requests meet the requirements detailed by the Department of Education. Following the awarding of these initial requests, assistance grants of approximately $167 were awarded to students who met the Department of Education requirements.
  • CIM sent an email on April 13, 2020 to all enrolled students detailing the intent of the funding and how to request a grant.

The Cleveland Institute of Music recognizes that some students who have applied, but are ineligible, for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund grants are in urgent need. To support those students, CIM has distributed separate funding to 31 additional students in serious need. Many thanks to Partners for CIM for providing a special gift in support of this extraordinary need. CIM will continue to monitor award requests and assist as many students in urgent need as possible within the parameters of available federal and philanthropic funding.

In addition to the Student Aid portion, the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund/Institutional portion provides funding to help schools support their students, implement public health measures and develop remote learning programs. Participating colleges and universities are required to provide quarterly expenditure reports to the public. Click here to view CIM's report from when the award was granted through September 30, 2020.