FINANCIAL AID

CARES (HEERF) Reporting

CARES (HEERF) Reporting

CSUN Cares for Students Grant Summary
October 29, 2020

BACKGROUND
The CSUN Cares for Students Grant is made possible through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provides financial support to eligible students who have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

CERTIFICATION
CSUN signed and returned the Certification and Agreement confirming funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act are to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. California State University, Northridge was awarded $44,652,328, of which no less than $22,326,164 or 50% is being disbursed to students. Upon receiving the funding allocation in early May 2020, CSUN distributed grants to eligible students based on financial need. To view information on the institutional portion of the HEERF Cares funds, please visit https://www.csun.edu/financial/fs-cares-disbursement.

FUNDING OVERVIEW
Through September 30, 2020, the university has awarded $17,904,925 to 25,854 students who responded affirmatively to the university’s invitation to receive a grant.

ELIGIBILITY
Eligible students were invited to apply for a grant by the initial priority deadline of May 15, 2020.

Students applied online at myNorthridge portal under Financial Matters in the CSUN Cares Grant Application pagelet.  Eligible students had the option to accept a pre-approved grant amount or provide justification to request a higher amount. Disbursements began on May 6, 2020.

To be eligible, students were required to be enrolled at CSUN during Spring 2020 in an undergraduate, graduate or professional program; be eligible to receive federal financial aid; and not be enrolled in a completely online degree program. During the priority award period, only current Title IV financial aid recipients were identified as eligible to receive the CARES grant. 

A total of 26,819 students were identified and invited to apply for a CARES grant. Eligible expenses included food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and other college expenses incurred as a result of COVID-19 related disruption of campus operations. Grant awards ranged from $154 to $1,568 based on family income as reflected by the applicant’s official Expected Family Contribution (EFC) to the student’s cost of attendance. Students with the lowest (i.e., “0”) EFC received the highest grant award. Students attending less than full-time received half the designated amount.

GROUP 1

GROUP 2

GROUP 3

0 EFC

1-5576 EFC

5577+ EFC

Up to $1,568

Up to $1,178

Up to $608

Amounts were prorated for part-time enrollment

 

 

The university opened a second application period for other eligible students as well as students who failed to apply during the initial application period. Eligible students were notified by email on July 7, 2020 and were encouraged to complete and submit their application by July 16, 2020. During the second award period only Title IV eligible financial aid recipients were identified to receive the CARES grant. 12,637 students were identified and invited to apply for a CARES grant. Eligible expenses included food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and other college expenses incurred as a result of COVID-19 related disruption of campus operations. Grant awards ranged from $154 to $1,568 based. Students attending less than full-time received half the designated amount.