CARES Act Compliance Report

In compliance with reporting requirements established by the US Department of Education’s Secretary, the following information describes the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) act.

On August 1, 2020, the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute® (DIRI) submitted through the federal system three U.S. Department of Education (U.S. DOE), CARES Act-- Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grants, including the appropriate Certifications and Agreements. The Institute was awarded the following grants under Section 18004(a)(1) and 18004(c) of the CARES Act.:

84.425E Emergency Relief Funds-Student Aid Grant - $11,710.00

84.425F Cares-HEERF Institution Grant - $11,709.00

84.425N Cares-HEERF Higher Ed Emergency Relief Fund-FIPSE Grant - $476,581.00

As required by the U.S. DOE, the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute® has allocated all funding received through the the 84.425E Student Aid grant, under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students who have completed a FAFSA and who qualify for financial aid. Additionally, DIRI is matching the U.S. DOE Student Aid grant with funding awarded under the 84.425F Cares-HEERF Institution grant. The additional funding may be awarded to eligible students who have not completed the FAFSA, Financial Aid application, but who have been impacted by additional educational expenses due to COVID-19. The Dr. Ida Rolf Institute will award a total of $23,420.00 in student emergency funding to qualifying students. 

The estimated total number of students at DIRI with eligibility for this aid, as defined under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and the Cares-HEERF restrictions is approximately 34 students based on Fall, 2020 and Winter 2021 enrollment.

The value of the grant varies according to the needs of the student, but cannot exceed $1,000. Awards typically range from $250 to $500 and are allocated based on need.

In order to apply for emergency financial aid grant funds under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, students must:
  • Be enrolled in a Basic Rolfing® Certification Program or Advanced Rolfing® Training Program during the Fall (September – November, 2020) or Winter (December – February, 2021) cohorts.
  • Complete the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal student Aid (FAFSA) and/or have experienced an education-related expense as a result of COVID-19.
  • Students may apply for only one emergency relief grant during their program.
  • Students may not be on academic suspension, behavioral probation, or suspension.
  • Students must meet the requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress including meeting all academic and attendance requirements.
  • Fall applications will be accepted beginning September 25, 2020 and Winter applications beginning January 11, 2021.
  • Students must apply by the last day of the course in which they are enrolled and for which they are requesting for emergency funds.

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Documentation and Reporting Requirements

The U.S. Department of Education requires DIRI to document any instructions, directions, and/or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the emergency financial aid grants. Below is a summary of the communication and general messaging provided.

  • October 29, 2020 DIRI sent final grant approval notifications to students whose enrollment ended 10/29/2020.
    To date, $8,000 has been disbursed to students from the Cares HEERF- Studend Aid Grant, and $5,000 has been disbursed from the Cares HEERF-Institutional Grant.

  • October 7, 2020, DIRI sent grant approval notifications to all students who applied through October 7, 2020.

  • October 5, 2020, DIRI received notice that the HEERF student aid grant portion of $11,710 and institutional grant portion of $11,709 were approved and available for drawdown. DIRI drew down $7,000 in student aid grant funds and $3,200 in institutional grant funds from the G5 system. DIRI sent grant approval notifications to all students who applied through October 4, 2020.

  • October 2, 2020 DIRI sent grant approval notifications to all students who applied through October 1, 2020.

  • September 25, 2020 Students notified of Grant opportunities in an email through the Canvas LMS System and provided a link to the Emergency Relief Application.

  • September 22, 2020 DIRI notified all students enrolled for the Fall, 2020 (September - November) cohort via email through the DIRI Canvas LMS that the Application for the Cares-HEERF Grant Aid opens  on 9/25/2020.

  • September 15,2020 DIRI Notified of grant award by U.S. DOE

  • August 1, 2020 DIRI Submitted Cares-HEERF Grants to US Department of Education

  • August 26, 2020 DIRI held a Safety Protocols Q&A via Zoom where the grant was discussed.

  • August 10, 2020 A Safety Protocols for Opening DIRI Classes webpage provides guidance on the reopening of classes.

DIRI is required to update this information every 90 days. The next update will be posted no later than January 10th.