CARES Act Funding

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. Cal State LA has signed and returned the HEERF certification and agreement form and has used or intends to use the funds to provide the mandated amount of at least 50% of the emergency financial aid grants to students.

The campus has disbursed a total of $17,116,510 to students as of this reporting period. 

Determining Eligibility 

There were 20,009 students who were eligible to participate in the program and were eligible to receive the emergency financial aid grant. The campus disbursed the emergency financial aid grant to a total of 19,727 students.

All enrolled degree-seeking Cal State LA students who are eligible to receive federal financial aid, or could be eligible to participate in the programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), were evaluated for the HEERF authorized by the CARES Act. 

A CARES Act funding model was developed to expeditiously distribute the emergency aid to students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses. 

The funding model consists of three tiers where the emergency aid is automatically distributed to eligible students through a block grant method. The fourth tier allows eligible students to apply for emergency aid by completing an online CARES Act emergency grant application. 

The following elements were included in the eligibility evaluation process:

  • The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the 2019-20 FAFSA was used to determine the financial need component.
  • Spring 2020 semester enrollment, and
  • Enrollment status (i.e., academic load: Full-time, Three-quarter time, and Half-time)  

Funding Model Breakdown

  • Expected Family Contribution of $0 to $2,500
    • Full-time enrolled students will receive $1,000
    • 3/4 enrolled students will receive $750
    • Half-time enrolled students will receive $500
  • Expected Family Contribution of $2,501 to $9,999
    • Full-time enrolled students will receive $700
    • 3/4 enrolled students will receive $525
    • Half-time enrolled students will receive $350
  • Expected Family Contribution of more than $9,999
    • Full-time enrolled students will receive $300
    • 3/4 enrolled students will receive $225
    • Half-time enrolled students will receive $150
  • Cares Program Emergency Grants
    • Fall 2020 Emergency Grant Application is available for students to apply for up to $500. (Students who received an automatic CARES Act grant in spring 2020 may also apply for up to an additional $500 emergency grant if they have more need.)

Assistance for students in the first three groups above will be disbursed by direct deposit or check automatically. The emergency grant applications will be reviewed and the method of dispersal will be determined upon approval.

Additional Information

Cal State LA has established this Cal State LA Cares Program website to provide information to students concerning the emergency financial aid grants. Additionally, the university president has sent emails to students regarding the emergency grants.