Cal State LA Cares HEERF II Emergency Aid Funding and Eligibility
Cal State LA is distributing COVID-19 pandemic emergency aid based on three shared CSU priorities:
- Student Need
- Timeliness of Allocation
What is Cal State LA Cares HEERF II emergency aid funding?
The Cal State LA Cares Program provides emergency aid to students experiencing financial hardships due directly to the COVID-19 pandemic. For 2021 this funding is primarily made possible through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II), as authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260.
In addition, to ensure that all Cal State LA students in need receive emergency assistance, existing CSU campus-based resources are being used to aid students who are not eligible to receive federal HEERF II funds. More information can be found below.
Who is eligible to receive HEERF II emergency aid funding?
All enrolled degree-seeking Cal State LA students who have submitted a FAFSA for the school year 2020-2021 were considered for HEERF II emergency aid funding. Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education indicates that students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), undocumented, or international student status are not eligible for HEERF II emergency aid funding.
Existing CSU campus-based resources are being used to aid students who are not eligible to receive federal HEERF II funds.
How will HEERF II emergency aid be disbursed to eligible students?
HEERF II emergency aid was disbursed automatically to eligible students. (Students did not need to apply to receive this funding.) Those students who had set up a direct deposit account in GET received the funds via direct deposit. Students who did not have direct deposit set up received a check via U.S. mail at their address on record in GET.
Please send an email to Student Financial Services for questions regarding disbursement.
How much will students receive in HEERF II emergency aid?
The following factors were included in determining the amount of HEERF II aid students received:
- The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the 2020-2021 FAFSA on file at the time of distribution (used to determine the financial need component),
- Spring 2021 semester enrollment, and
- Enrollment status (i.e., academic load: full-time, three-quarter time, and half-time). Most students, regardless of need, will receive a baseline amount of assistance. The award amount was pro-rated for students who are not enrolled full time.
HEERF II emergency aid amounts:
- Expected Family Contribution of $0 to $2,500
- Full-time enrolled students received $1,000
- 3/4 enrolled students received $900
- Half-time enrolled students received $800
- Expected Family Contribution of $2,501 to $9,999
- Full-time enrolled students received $750
- 3/4 enrolled students received $700
- Half-time enrolled students received $650
- Expected Family Contribution of more than $9,999
- Full-time enrolled students received $600
- 3/4 enrolled students received $525
- Half-time enrolled students received $500
How may students use their HEERF II emergency aid?
HEERF II emergency aid may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or childcare.
What if I am experiencing financial crisis but am not eligible to receive HEERF II funding?
Please see Emergency Aid for Students Not Eligible for HEERF II Funding for information and resources.
Other important information:
- The emergency relief aid provided by HEERF II dollars is not restricted by cost of attendance ceilings and is also not counted against a student’s current or future financial aid package.
- In contrast to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding disbursed to students in 2020, students no longer had to meet all of the eligibility criteria prescribed under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. However, the HEERF II requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, in awarding emergency aid. However, students did not need to be only Pell recipients or students who are eligible for Pell grants. In addition, the HEERF II emergency relief aid is available to students exclusively enrolled in distance education.