OFM allocates Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund to higher education institutions

By: Emily Makings
2:22 pm
August 28, 2020

In addition to the Coronavirus Relief Fund, the CARES Act provided relief funds for higher education and K–12 schools. Washington’s allocations are:

OFM has decided to use Washington’s GEER funds solely for higher education. The determination was made because after schools were closed in March, higher education “was significantly impacted by tuition revenue decreases from enrollment declines,” while K–12 schools “continued to receive their full state funding.”

Allocations of GEER funds have been made to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Western Washington University, Eastern Washington University, Washington State University, the Evergreen State College, and Central Washington University. The amounts are shown in the table below. After making these allocations, there is $1.9 million left of the GEER funding (note that OFM has not announced any allocations for the University of Washington).

Categories: Budget , Education.
Tags: CARES Act , COVID-19