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California State University, Fullerton
Titans Return: COVID-19 Recovery


Student Financial Aid

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting (Updated August 4, 2020)

  • CSUF received $20,510,756 in CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act funding for direct aid to students.
  • Eligible students must have a current FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on file; both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.
  • We have 2 tiers to distribution based on EFC (Expected Family Contribution) and prorated for number of units full-time and part-time a student is taking:
    • Tier 1 students can receive up to $400
      • Students who have 7+ credits receive $400
      • Students who have 6 or less credits receive $200
    • Tier 2 students with an Expected Family Contribution of $3,000 or less can receive up to $500
      • Students who have 7+ credits receive $500
      • Students who have 6 or less credits receive $250
  • There is no application for the tiers, the payments are automatic based on student’s FAFSA on file and the number of units a student is taking.
  • Financial Aid Office has an FAQ on their website.
  • Payments began May 15, 2020.

Higher Education Institutional Portion Funding

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided funding to higher education institutions. CSU Fullerton was awarded $20,510,756 in funding under the Institutional Portion on May 6, 2020, pursuant to signing the required Certification and Agreement with the US Department of Education. In addition, CSU Fullerton was awarded $3,105,770 in funding on June 6, 2020 and additional funding of $24,787 on October 24, 2020, under the Minority Serving Institutions pursuant to signing the required Certification and Agreement with the U.S. Department of Education. To date, CSU Fullerton has incurred and been reimbursed for $20,510,756 with the funding from HEERF Institutional Portion and $3,130,557 with HEERF Minority Serving Institutions funds.

Pursuant to H.R. 748 (CARES Act), section 18004(c), CSU campuses may use monies to cover costs incurred associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus. Costs must be incurred on or after March 13, 2020 to be eligible.

Examples of allowable uses permitted under the broad institutional authority granted by the CARES Act may include lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, and technology costs associated with a transition to distance education, faculty and staff trainings, payroll costs, and emergency financial aid grants to students for their expenses.

Section 18006 of the CARES Act provides further guidance regarding the use of monies provided under the act, stating that institutions of higher education shall to the greatest extent practicable continue to pay its employees and contractors (e.g. auxiliary organizations) during the period of any disruptions or closures related to coronavirus.

Quarterly Reports