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CARES Act Information

Cal State LA received an allocation of $18,957,083 earmarked for students from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The University disbursed the entire allocation as emergency financial aid grants to 26,976 students. These students included those who were enrolled in spring 2020 as well as new, first-year students and transfer students who enrolled in fall 2020. Details of the distribution of these funds are on the CARES Act Eligibility webpage. View the final report to the U.S. Department of Education regarding emergency financial aid grants to students.

To ensure that all our students in need received emergency assistance, Cal State LA used other funding sources for students who were not eligible to receive federal funding under the CARES Act. In addition, we provided more than $1.3 million to 1,395 undocumented students and international students. We also supported 739 students with $340,777 in emergency grants through a program administered by the Office of the Dean of Students.

Cal State LA has purchased more than 5,000 wifi hotspots and laptop computers to assist with virtual learning and internet connectivity issues. More than 2,000 laptops and hotspots have been distributed to students and faculty who needed the technology. The University plans to distribute laptops and hotspots to additional students and faculty members who have a need for these devices prior to the start of the spring semester.

HEERF Institutional Portion 

Cal State LA received $21,769,996 as part of the HEERF Institutional Portion allocated to the campus. This total includes $2,812,913 that Cal State LA received from the Minority Serving Institution (MSI) - Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. The University has not drawn down on the MSI funds, but will do so during the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year.

Pursuant to H.R. 748 (CARES Act), section 18004(c), CSU campuses may use HEERF Institutional Portion 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 include lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with a transition to virtual instruction, faculty and staff trainings, payroll costs, and emergency financial aid grants to students for their expenses. 

Cal State LA drew down $11,378,474 in mid-December 2020, from the HEERF Institutional Portion. View Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion, 18004(a)(2), and 18004(a)(3) for the quarter ending December 31, 2020.

Cal State LA did not draw down any funds from the HEERF Institutional Portion for the reporting period ending September 30, 2020. View Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion, 18004(a)(2), and 18004(a)(3) for the quarter ending September 30, 2020.

This page was updated on January 11, 2021, to include the final report to the U.S. Department of Education regarding emergency financial aid grants to students.
This page was updated on January 4, 2021, to include information on the MSI funding and the September 30, 2020 Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting.