Fresno State COVID-19 Emergency Grant Program

 

Fresno State HEERF II Grant Program; Spring 2021

Through the Coronavirus Response and  Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), the U.S. Department of Education announced the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) to support the continuing challenges students are experiencing as a result of COVID-19. Fresno State will receive approximately $52 million in aid, and of that amount, will award approximately $25 million in financial grants to students.

Click here to view a detailed breakdown of recipients.

Who is eligible?

All undergraduate, graduate and professional Fresno State students enrolled as of March 26, 2021 in a Title IV federal financial aid eligible program who meets the citizenship requirements for completing a 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). With this award, you are not required to have a completed FAFSA provided we can determine you are a US citizen or eligible non-citizen to meet Title IV eligibility.  The grant amount will depend upon whether you are a part-time or full-time student and for those with a FAFSA on file with the University, an Official Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) will be used to determine the award category.

International, undocumented, and non-US citizens students with no FAFSA to determine eligibility, are not eligible for HEERF funds.  However, the University will utilize other funds to award grants.

Fresno State Emergency Grants for Undocumented Students

Fresno State Emergency Grants for International Students and Non US Citizens with No FAFSA

What can the grant fund?

The HEERF II 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 based on enrollment and a 2020-2021 FAFSA Expected Family Contribution (EFC), if available, as of March 26, 2021. Awards will be funded in three categories:

Category 1 – Eligibility Criteria: EFC = 0 

Unit Load Award
Less than Full-Time $800.00
Full-Time $1,600.00

 

Category 2 – Eligibility Criteria: EFC of 1 - 5700

Unit Load Award
Less than Full-Time $600.00
Full-Time $1,200.00

  

Category 3 – Eligibility Criteria: EFC of 5701+ or No FAFSA

Unit Load Award
Less than Full-Time $400.00
Full-Time $800.00

  

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?

Final recipients and the award amount will be determined based on enrollment and EFC as of March 26.  Beginning the week of April 5, grants will be disbursed by Student Accounts and refunded to students through Bank Mobile. These funds will not show on your Financial Aid award and do NOT apply to any outstanding tuition/fee charges.  

If you have not set up a refund account with BankMobile, do so immediately so funds can be delivered to you.  Information on how to set up an account is available at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/adminserv/accountingservices/money/bankmobile.html.

How can I apply?

No application is necessary.

How can I find out what my EFC is?

You can find your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) by logging into your 2020-2021 FAFSA at studentaid.gov.

What if I have not completed the 2020-2021 FAFSA?

Grants will be awarded based on the information we have as of March 26th.  Although a FAFSA is not required, it does help us determine the categories.  If you are not a US citizen but are eligible to complete the FAFSA as an eligible non-citizen, it is to your advantage to complete a 2020-2021 FAFSA.  

You can still complete a 2020-2021 FAFSA at studentaid.gov and you will want to make sure you include Fresno State's school code 001147. The results with an Official EFC must be received by March 26, 2021.  For the results of a FAFSA to process, your SSN must be on file in Student Records.

 

Fresno State CARES Emergency Grant Program; Spring 2020

Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the U.S. Department of Education announced the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to support the changes and challenges students are experiencing as a result of COVID-19. Fresno State signed and returned the Certification Agreement on 4/10/2020. We assure no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is provided as Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Fresno State received approximately $16.4 million for emergency financial aid grants for students in an effort to help with additional expenses associated with the impacts of COVID-19. As of May 31,2020, we have distributed a total of $16,604,550 to 17,630 students.

Click here to view a detailed breakdown of recipients.

Who is eligible? 

All currently enrolled Fresno State undergraduate, graduate and professional students who are eligible to receive federal financial aid and were not enrolled in a completely online program as of March 13, 2020 may receive emergency financial grants funded by HEERF. Grants are prorated for part-time students. 

International and Undocumented students may receive also emergency grants supported by other institutional funding. For more information, please click below:

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 based on each student’s documented Title IV eligibility and financial need as determined by the FAFSA.  Three primary categories include:

Category 1 Lowest Income: EFC = 0 (No Application necessary)

  Unit Load Award
   Less than Full-Time $700.00
   Full-Time $1,400.00

 

Category 2        Some Financial Need: EFC Greater than 0 (No Application necessary)

  Unit Load Award
  Less than Full-Time $325.00
  Full-Time $625.00

 

Category 3                                        Students who meet requirements in Categories 1 & 2 and have additional financial need related to COVID-19(Application required for consideration)

  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

Students who meet the requirements as stated for Categories 1 and 2 do notneed to fill out an application as the minimum grant amount will be automatically awarded. If students in Categories 1 & 2 have needs greater than the minimum grant award, they will need to apply for additional funds by completing a simple online application.

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 Category 1 and 2 grants will begin the week of May 4th. 

How can I  apply?

For Category 1 and Category 2 grants, students with a completed 2019-2020 FAFSA have already been identified and do not need to submit an application. 

For a Category 3 grant, students will be able to access a simple, online application beginning on May 4th in their Student Center under ‘My Finances’.  The deadline to submit an application for Category 3 is May 11th.

CARES app

What are Title IV eligibility requirements?

To be eligible, students must meet the eligibility requirements to receive Title IV aid as described in Section 484 of the Higher Education Act (HEA):

  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree or certificate program
  • Not be enrolled in elementary or secondary school
  • For currently enrolled students, be making satisfactory academic progress
  • Not owe an overpayment on Title IV grants or loans
  • Not be in default on a Title IV loan
  • File "as part of the original financial aid application process" a certification that includes
    • A statement of educational purpose
    • Student's SSN
  • Be a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident, or other eligible noncitizen
  • Have returned fraudulently obtained Title IV funds if convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to charges
  • Not have fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits
  • Have repaid Title IV loan amounts in excess of annual or aggregate limits if obtained inadvertently
  • If required, have a verified Selective Service registration
  • Have a verified Social Security Number
  • Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations

How can I find out what my EFC is?

You can find out what your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is by logging into your 2019-2020 FAFSA at studentaid.gov.

What if I have not completed the 2019-2020 FAFSA?

Grants are awarded on a first come, first serve basis. To be considered for this grant, you will need to complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA. 

You can still complete your 2019-2020 FAFSA at studentaid.gov and you will want to make sure you include Fresno State's school code 001147. Please keep in mind that it will take a few days for us to receive your 2019-2020 FAFSA once it is submitted and if you have any To Do items for 2019-2020 as a result, you will need to take care of them as quickly as possible.