The Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748) was signed into law on March 27, 2020, to provide emergency assistance and economic stabilization funds to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 23, 2020 NC A&T State University signed and returned to the Department of Education the required Funding Certification and Agreement forms and agrees that the University has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES funding for colleges and universities through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) for Emergency Financial Aid to Students and Institutional Support “to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.” 

In addition to the Student Aid and Institutional Portion HEERF grants, the U.S. Department of Education allocated supplemental HEERF grants for institutions of higher education that are one of the following: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities, Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP), or Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). North Carolina A&T State University is a HBCU, and therefore has received an additional grant.