Idaho State Board of Education updated on CARES Act higher education funds

Posted at 5:36 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 19:36:47-04

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho’s public higher education institutions are expected to receive more than $36 million in federal relief funding as a result of the CARES Act approved by Congress and President Trump.

Half of that money must be used as direct emergency financial aid grants to students as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the disruption and financial hardship it has created for students across Idaho. The institutions have discretion in how the funding is allocated to students.

The figures were included in an update delivered during today’s special Idaho State Board of Education meeting. Here is how CARES Act funds will be distributed to Idaho’s public institutions:


Total Allocation

Funding Available for Emergency Financial Aid For Students

Boise State University



Idaho State University



University of Idaho



College of Western Idaho



North Idaho College



College of Southern Idaho



Lewis-Clark State College



College of Eastern Idaho



Board members also heard how Idaho’s high schools and institutions are considering changing how Dual Credit courses are graded this semester in response to the health crisis. Most Dual Credit courses are now being delivered through remote learning (online, teleconference, packets) and some students may receive a Pass/Fail grade rather than letter grades this semester for Dual Credit courses.

Idaho’s higher education institutions will accept Dual Credit if a student passes their Dual Credit course either with a passing letter grade or with a “P” grade.