Federal CARES Act Information

The University of New Mexico signed a certification and agreement with the US Department of Education agreeing to spend no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES act as Emergency Grants to students.
The University of New Mexico received $8,633,256 in funding. 100% of these funds will be spent on emergency grants for students.
As of September 30, 2020, the University of New Mexico has distributed $8,593,463 of the CARES funds on Emergency Grants to students.
12,915 UNM students were eligible for funding through the CARES program.
12,915 UNM students (at all five campuses) received funding through the CARES program.
The funding was given to half time enrolled degree seeking students who experienced disruption in their spring classes, either through the closing of the dormitories or due to the movement of classes online.  We distributed approximately 75% of funding to students with an expected family contribution (EFC) of $5500 or less as determined through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Another approximate 25% of the funding went to students with an expected family contribution of $5501 or higher.  We selected this EFC delineation as it mirrors the Pell grant eligibility range for EFC. There were 8242 students in the $5500 or under range and 4673 students above the $5500 range.  Students below $5500 received $779.  Students above $5500 received $465.  Students enrolled in all online classes before March 13, along with students not making academic progress were excluded from the funding.

Email sent to students:

Dear {first name},

I hope this email finds you and your family well during this most challenging of times for many in our community. This email contains important information about financial assistance for you provided through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund of the CARES Act.

The U.S. Department of Education has provided funds to the University of New Mexico as well as other colleges and universities to assist current students with expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. We are distributing 100% allocated to UNM for student aid directly to students based on students' financial need assessment using the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file.

You qualify for these funds in the amount of $xxx. These funds will be direct deposited into the bank account you have already set up with UNM, or mailed as a physical check to your mailing address (if you did not previously set up direct deposit with us). By receiving these funds, you acknowledge you will use them as intended to offset some of the additional expenses described above that you have incurred during this time.

While we know that this semester took an unexpected turn, together we will get through it. Despite the challenges, now is the time to persevere and finish the semester as strong as possible. We are here to support and work with you to get the most of the time, effort and money you invested in this semester and to help you toward our shared goal of your graduation.

We realize you may have many needs during this uncertain time and hope these funds will be of assistance. Many resources, from tutoring to free food to rent support, are available at UNM and in the community and are described here: https://advisement.unm.edu/resources/covid-19-student-resources.html. We hope that you will reach out to faculty and staff for support in reaching your academic goals. We believe you have what it takes to complete your UNM education and want to support you to the finish line.

Stay safe and Go Lobos!

Dr. James P. Holloway
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
The University of New Mexico

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

Institution Name: The University of New Mexico Date of Report: 10-30-2020 Covering Quarter Ending: _9-30-2020

Total Amount of Funds Awarded: Section (a)(1) Institutional Portion: _$8,633,256 Section (a)(2): $1,300,148 Section (a)(3): Final Report?[X]



Amount in (a)(1)

institutional dollars

Amount in (a)(2) dollars,

if applicable

Amount in (a)(3) dollars,

if applicable

Explanatory Notes

Providing additional emergency financial aid grants to students.1





Providing reimbursements for tuition, housing, room and board, or other fee refunds.






Providing tuition discounts.





Covering the cost of providing additional technology hardware to students, such as laptops or tablets, or covering the added cost of

technology fees.





Providing or subsidizing the costs of high-speed internet to students

or faculty to transition to an online environment.





Subsidizing off-campus housing costs due to dormitory closures or decisions to limit housing to one student per room; subsidizing housing costs to reduce housing density; paying for hotels or other off-campus housing for students who need to be isolated; paying travel expenses for students who need to leave campus early due to

coronavirus infections or campus interruptions.





Subsidizing food service to reduce density in eating facilities, to provide pre-packaged meals, or to add hours to food service

operations to accommodate social distancing.





Costs related to operating additional class sections to enable social distancing, such as those for hiring more instructors and increasing

campus hours of operations.







1 To support any element of the cost of attendance (as defined under Section 472 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA)) per Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act and the Interim Final Rule published in the Federal Register on June 17, 2020 (85 FR 36494). Community Colleges in California, all public institutions in Washington State, and all institutions in Massachusetts have different requirements due to recent U.S. District Court actions. Please discuss with legal counsel. HEERF litigation updates can be found here.



Amount in (a)(1)

institutional dollars

Amount in (a)(2) dollars,

if applicable

Amount in (a)(3) dollars,

if applicable

Explanatory Notes

Campus safety and operations.2





Purchasing, leasing, or renting additional instructional equipment and supplies (such as laboratory equipment or computers) to reduce the number of students sharing equipment or supplies during a

single class period and to provide time for disinfection between uses.






Replacing lost revenue due to reduced enrollment.





Replacing lost revenue from non-tuition sources (i.e., cancelled ancillary events; disruption of food service, dorms, childcare or other facilities; cancellation of use of campus venues by other

organizations, lost parking revenue, etc.).3





Purchasing faculty and staff training in online instruction; or paying additional funds to staff who are providing training in addition to

their regular job responsibilities.






Purchasing, leasing, or renting additional equipment or software to enable distance learning, or upgrading campus wi-fi access or

extending open networks to parking lots or public spaces, etc.





Other Uses of (a)(1) Institutional Portion funds.4





Travel costs unreimbursed for canceled conferences, costs of outsourcing to provide COVID safe services



2 Including costs or expenses related to the disinfecting and cleaning of dorms and other campus facilities, purchases of personal protective equipment (PPE), purchases of cleaning supplies, adding personnel to increase the frequency of cleaning, the reconfiguration of facilities to promote social distancing, etc.

3 Including continuance of pay (salary and benefits) to workers who would otherwise support the work or activities of ancillary enterprises (e.g., bookstore workers, foodservice workers, venue staff, etc.).

4 Please post additional documentation as appropriate and briefly explain in the “Explanatory Notes” section. Please note that costs for Section 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion funds may only be used “to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus, so long as such costs do not include payment to contractors for the provision of pre-enrollment recruitment activities; endowments; or capital outlays associated with facilities related to athletics, sectarian instruction, or religious worship.”



Amount in (a)(1)

institutional dollars

Amount in (a)(2) dollars,

if applicable

Amount in (a)(3) dollars,

if applicable

Explanatory Notes

Other Uses of (a)(2) or (a)(3) funds, if applicable.5





Quarterly Expenditures for each Program





Total of Quarterly Expenditures


Form Instructions

Completing the Form: On each form, fill out the institution of higher education (IHE or institution) name, the date of the report, the appropriate quarter the report covers (September 30, December 31, March 31, June 30), the total amount of funds awarded by the Department (including reserve funds if awarded), and check the box if the report is a “final report.” In the chart, an institution must specify the amount of expended CARES Act funds for each funding category: Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion, 18004(a)(2), and 18004(a)(3), if applicable. Section 18004(a)(2) funds includes CFDAs 84.425J (Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)), 84.425K (Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)), 84.425L (Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs)), 84.425M (Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP)); Section 18004(a)(3) funds are for CFDA 84.425N (Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) Formula Grant). Each category is deliberately broad and may not capture specific grant program requirements. Explanatory footnotes help clarify certain reporting categories. While some items in the chart are blocked out, please note that the blocking of such items is consistent with Department guidance and FAQs and is not definitive. Provide brief explanatory notes for how funds were expended, including the title and brief description of each project or activity in which funds were expended. Do not include personally identifiable information (PII). Calculate the amount of the Section 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion (referred to as “(a)(1) institutional” in the chart), Section 18004(a)(2) (referred to as “(a)(2)” in the chart), and Section 18004(a)(3) (referred to as “(a)(3)” in the chart) funds in the “Quarterly Expenditures for each Program” row, and the grand total of all three in the “Total of Quarterly Expenditures” row. Round expenditures to the nearest dollar.

Posting the Form: This form must be conspicuously posted on the institution’s primary website on the same page the reports of the IHE’s activities as to the emergency financial aid grants to students made with funds from the IHE’s allocation under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act (Student Aid Portion) are posted. It may be posted in an HTML webpage format or as a link to a PDF. A new separate form must be posted covering each quarterly reporting period (September 30, December 31, March 31, June 30), concluding after either (1) posting the quarterly report ending September 30, 2022 or (2) when an institution has expended and liquidated all (a)(1) Institutional Portion, (a)(2), and (a)(3) funds and checks the “final report” box. IHEs must post this quarterly report form no later than 10 days after the end of each calendar quarter (October 10, January 10, April 10, July 10) apart from the first report, which is due October 30, 2020.

For the first report using this form, institutions must provide their cumulative expenditures from the date of their first HEERF award through September 30,



5 Please post additional documentation as appropriate and briefly explain in the “Explanatory Notes” section. Please note that costs for Sections 18004(a)(2) and (a)(3) funds may only be used “to defray expenses, including lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with a transition to distance education, faculty and staff trainings, payroll incurred by institutions of higher education and for grants to students for any component of the student’s cost of attendance (as defined under section 472 of the HEA), including food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.”

2020. Each quarterly report must be separately maintained on an IHE’s website or in a PDF document linked directly from the IHE’s CARES Act reporting webpage. Reports must be maintained for at least three years after the submission of the final report per 2 CFR § 200.333. Any changes or updates after initial posting must be conspicuously noted after initial posting and the date of the change must be noted in the “Date of Report” line.

Paperwork Burden Statement

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