Fresno State CARES Emergency Grant Program

The CSU Cares Program offers emergency grants for CSU students experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While International students are not eligible for aid through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, the campus has allocated other funding sources to provide emergency financial grants to students.

Who is eligible?

Spring 2020 currently enrolled international students pursuing a degree at Fresno State, not enrolled in a completely online program as of March 13, 2020, and have stayed in Fresno after the shelter in place order.

What can the grant fund?

The CARES emergency grants are designed to support student expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These expenses may include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child-care expenses. Funds will not apply to any balance you have on your student account.

How will grant amounts be determined?

Grants will be determined by the number of units a student is enrolled in for Spring 2020.

Unit Load
Unit Load Award
Less than Full-Time $150.00
Full-Time $300.00


Full-Time defined as:

Undergraduates, Credentials, and Certificate = 12+ Units
Master’s and Doctoral Students = 9+ units

How and when will students receive the grants?

CARES emergency financial grants are to be paid directly to students and cannot apply to any outstanding charges.  Grants will be disbursed to BankMobile in the same manner as all refunds to students.  Students should verify all information at BankMobile is up-to-date by going to the ‘BankMobile Refund Selection’ in your Student Self Service.We recommend selecting a bank account to avoid the wait time for a mailed check. 

Disbursement of grants will begin the week of May 4th.

How can I apply?

 No application is required.