FINANCIAL AID

CARES (HEERF) Reporting

CARES (HEERF 1 & 2) Reporting

HEERF I - CSUN Cares for Students Grant Summary
Updated April 9, 2021

BACKGROUND
The CSUN Cares for Students Grant is made possible through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) 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
To date, the university has awarded the entire Cares Emergency Grant allocation of $22,326,164 to 34,839 students who responded affirmatively to the university’s invitation to receive a grant.

ELIGIBILITY
In the initial round of Cares funding, eligible students were invited to apply for a grant by the 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.

The university opened a third application period for students who met the criteria in the initial application period (enrolled at CSUN during Spring 2020 in an undergraduate, graduate or professional program; Title IV financial aid recipient for spring eligible to receive federal financial aid; and not be enrolled in a completely online degree program). In addition, students had to be enrolled for fall 2020 in at least ½ time and be a Title IV eligible financial aid recipient. Eligible students were notified by email on October 5, 2020 and were encouraged to complete and submit their application by October 23, 2020. 17,482 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. Students enrolled full-time received $480 and students enrolled half-time received $240.

HEERF II- CSUN Cares for Students Grant Spring 2021 Summary
April 9, 2021

BACKGROUND

The CSUN Cares for Students Grant, first awarded in Spring 2020, was made available through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), which was established in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The purpose of the grant was to provide emergency financial relief to students incurring costs associated with COVID-19. In late December 2020, the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds II (HEERF II) was established pursuant to the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) to provide additional economic relief from the COVID-19 pandemic. At CSUN, student emergency grants provided through HEERF I and II are called CSUN Cares for Students (CCS) Grants.  During Spring 2021, CSUN plans to award over $23,000,000 in CCS Grants.

FUNDING OVERVIEW

To date, the university has awarded $22,987,150 to 28,624 students. The awarding period will close on May 26, 2021. For information about the program, please review the FAQs at https://www.csun.edu/financialaid/csun-cares-students-spring-2021-grant-faqs.

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible, a student must be a Title IV eligible financial aid recipient and meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled in spring 2021 as full or part time undergraduate or graduate student in an eligible program
  • Be matriculated for spring 2021
  • Have a valid 2020-21 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on file no later than May 13, 2021.

Students must be enrolled for spring 2021 at least part-time. CCS Grant awards will be prorated according to the chart below:

Category

Part-time Status

Full-time Status

Undergraduate

1 – 6 Units

7 units and above

Graduate (already received bachelor’s degree)

1 – 4 units

5 units and above

Awards are determined based on student’s computed EFC (Expected Family Contribution) from the 2020-21 FAFSA and enrollment status (see above).

Students with 0 EFC

Award Amount

 

Full-time status

$1060

 

Part-time status

$530

 

 

 

 

Students with a 1 - 5711 EFC

Award amount

 

Full-time status

$700

 

Part-time status

$350

 

 

 

 

All other students who filed a FAFSA

 

 

Full-time status

$600

 

Part-time status

$300

 

Note: The U.S. Department of Education (ED) does not allow HEERF to be awarded to international students, undocumented students, or non-matriculated students. There are other types of emergency grants available to these groups of students that are supported by the University.

Funds can be used for the following items:

  • Any component of student’s cost of attendance
  • Emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as:
    • tuition
    • food
    • housing
    • health care (including mental)
    • child care

Awarding Period
The new awarding period began March 25, 2021 and is planned to close on May 26, 2021.

Awarding Process
On a bi-weekly basis, the university will identify eligible students and send a communication to the eligible student’s CSUN email address. In addition, eligible students will receive a text message. This process will continue through May 26, 2021.There is no application to complete. Once identified as eligible, the grant funds will be sent to the student electronically via eRefund (direct deposit) or through regular mail via a paper check.