The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was passed by Congress to help provide financial relief from the health and economic impacts of COVID-19. Part of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund to distribute funds to institutions of higher education nationwide. Half of the funds these institutions receive must be given directly to their students to assist students with unanticipated expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.