Fresno State Emergency Grant Program

COVID-19 Emergency Grants for Undocumented Students; Spring 2021

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

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 AB540 residency status.  The grant amount will depend upon whether you are a part-time or full-time student and for those with a 2020-2021 California Dream Act Application (CADAA) on file with the University, an Official Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) will be used to determine the award category.

What can the grant fund?

The 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 enrollment and a 2020-2021 CADAA 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 CADAA

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 CADAA  at dream.csac.ca.gov

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

Grants will be awarded based on the information we have as of March 26th.  Although a CADAA is not required, it does help us determine the categories 

You can still complete a 2020-2021 CADAA at dream.csac.ca.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.  

 

COVID-19 Emergency Grants for Undocumented Students; Spring 2020

The CSU Cares Program offers emergency grants for CSU students experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While Undocumented 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?

  • Must be currently enrolled for Spring 2020 in a degree program and not enrolled in a completely online program as of March 13, 2020
  • Must meet requirements for CA Assembly Bill 540

What can the grant fund?

The CARES emergency financial 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?

For students who submitted a CA Dream Application, grants will be based on each student’s financial need as determined by their Expected Family Contribution (EFC). 

For AB540 students who did not submit a CA Dream Application, grants will be based on an assumed EFC of 1.

Low Income
Lowest Income: EFC = 0 (No Application necessary)
Unit Load Award
Less than Full-Time $700.00
Full-Time $1,400.00

 

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

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

 

Full time
Full-Time defined as:

Undergraduates, Credentials, and Certificate = 12+ Units
Graduate Students = 9+ units
When and How

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.