CSU Cares Program

What is CSU Cares?

The CSU Cares Program offers emergency grants for CSU students experiencing financial hardships directly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is made possible through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) authorized by the recent Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, as well as existing CSU campus-based resources.

Each CSU campus will distribute grants based on three shared CSU principles:

  • Student Success
  • Equity
  • Timeliness and Administrative Simplicity

Who is eligible?

All currently enrolled Cal State LA undergraduate, graduate and professional students who are eligible to receive federal financial aid and were not enrolled in a completely online program as of March 13, 2020, may receive emergency grants funded by HEERF.

Most other currently enrolled students may receive emergency grants supported by other sources of institutional funding. Grants will be pro-rated for part-time students. Even if students have current financial holds or owe the campus fees or fines, they are still eligible for this program.

What can the grants fund?

The CSU Cares emergency grants are designed to support student expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These expenses include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child-care expenses.

Grants will be disbursed automatically. Those students who have set up a direct deposit account in GET will receive the funds via direct deposit. Other students will receive a check via U.S. mail.

What are the grant amounts?

Students will receive varying amounts of assistance. Grant awards provided via HEERF dollars will not be restricted by cost of attendance ceilings and will also not be counted against a student’s future financial aid award.

How will grant amounts be determined?

Grants are based on each student’s financial need as reflected in financial aid documents. Most students, regardless of need or financial aid award, will receive a baseline amount of assistance and will not need to complete an application to receive the funds.

How can I apply?

Grants will be disbursed electronically to students who have set up a direct deposit account in GET. Other students will receive a check via U.S. mail. 

Students who receive an automatic CARES Act grant or who are not eligible for financial aid, and still face need, may apply for a Cal State LA Cares Program emergency grant. To be considered for additional funding, students must complete and submit a Cal State LA Cares Program emergency grant application by May 11.

For more information, email CARES@calstatela.edu.