What is the CARES Act?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act is a $2 trillion relief package that included $180 billion to be distributed among two funds dedicated to State, Local, and Tribal governments


The Education Stabilization Fund (ESF) provides $30.74 billion in dedicated funds to support education relief and recovery efforts, with:

  • $13.5 billion for K-12;
  • $14.2 billion for Higher Education; and,
  • $3 billion for Governors to further support a state’s most significantly impacted K-12 and Higher Education institutions.

Arizona is projected to receive $626 million in Education Stabilization Funds

The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) will administer the ESSER Fund, and advise the Governor regarding the distribution of a portion of GEER Funds to support K-12 LEAs that have been significantly impacted by COVID-19.