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Important Information about the Distribution of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provides funding to students whose lives have been disrupted as a result of the coronavirus global pandemic.

The U.S. Department of Education has made available emergency financial aid grants to students of institutions, including Empire College, who need financial support for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, including things like course materials and technology, as well as food, housing, health care, and childcare. Empire College began issuing HEERF grants to students on June 24, 2020; details are included in the report link below.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report – Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students 45-Day and 30-Day Funding Reports


Important Information for Students, Faculty, and Staff Regarding Reopening

As of April 6, 2020, Empire College implemented a short-term change in educational delivery utilizing Zoom video conferencing to deliver synchronous remote learning. Please click the link below to read the latest communication regarding information about the College and your classes.

Phased Reopening Plan – June 30, 2020

Your health and wellbeing are paramount to us, and we want you to stay safe during this global pandemic. Follow recommendations listed on the CDC website and the County of Sonoma website.


2020 Commencements

Unfortunately we have had to postpone the May 31 Law School and June 22 Business School commencement ceremonies due to the risks associated with COVID-19 and based on guidance from public health officials. Consideration was given to holding the ceremonies in a remote format. However, after hosting these ceremonies since Empire College’s founding in 1961, we know that the magic comes from being surrounded by your classmates, instructors, family, and friends while you are recognized for your outstanding achievements. With that in mind, we plan to hold our 2020 commencement ceremonies in September/October to honor our graduates, so long as it is safe to do so based on guidance from public health officials. More details surrounding the ceremonies will be forthcoming as we draw nearer to the date.

Angela Emerick, Esq.

(Class of 2015)

"Being born in Australia and becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2009, I understand the process and honor of becoming an American citizen and am proud to help those in their quest to become citizens and better their lives."

Daryl Reese, Esq.

(Class of 2014)

"I decided to enroll in Law School when I was 50 years old having enjoyed a full career in the nonprofit sector. Now I have a robust business and nonprofit law practice serving clients throughout the State of California and I am loving it. I could never have made that kind of career transition if it had not been for Empire Law School. The opportunity to take evening courses and at a cost far less than other law schools, and to do so in my own community made my career shift affordable, enjoyable, and attainable."

Orchid Vaghti, Esq.

(Class of 2010)

"There are not that many new lawyers who have the experience to go to trial. They would not be ready for it. Seeing the practical points of the legal process through her Empire education gave Orchid an advantage."
- L. Stephen Turer, Esq.