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HEERF Emergency Grants

HEERF Emergency Grants at Sacramento State

Last Updated: 10/20/2020

Congress recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide some relief from the economic fallout related to the COVID-19 pandemic. One element of CARES Act funding is the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

Sacramento State acknowledges that, on April 28, 2020, the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement for the HEERF CARES ACT in the amount of $35,734,362 and that Sacramento State intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds, or $17,867,181, received under Section 1800(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students

Sacramento State intends to use the nearly $18 million received under the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. The purpose of this funding is to provide financial relief to students who have experienced loss of income or added expenses as a result of the pandemic. The amount of HEERF funding that institutions received is primarily based on the number of high-need students enrolled.

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Due to a high volume of applicants, applications may take up to 3 weeks to process.

HEERF Emergency Grants Info Video

COVID-19 Student Relief Aid & Student Emergency Fund

The purpose of this funding is to provide financial relief to students who have experienced loss of income or added expenses because of the pandemic or are experiencing a one-time crisis that is financially affecting their education. For information on allowable expenses, please refer to the instructions tab of the emergency fund application. The Office of Student Affairs in accordance with applicable University rules and policies administers this program. Funding for the Student Emergency Grant (SEG) comes from a combination of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, fundraising by fellow students through the Student Alumni Association and generous donations from alumni and friends of Sacramento State. These awards are not a loan and do not need to be paid back, however, this grant may be considered taxable income. Individuals should contact their tax professional to make a determination on whether or not this grant is taxable

If you or an undocumented student (Dreamer, DACA student, non-DACA student, AB-540 student) please apply for non-federal emergency funds via the Dreamer COVID-19 Emergency Grant Fund information and application on this page.

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Dreamer COVID-19 Emergency Grant Fund

The purpose of this fund is to provide financial relief to undocumented students (Dreamers, DACA students, non-DACA students, AB-540 students) who have experienced a loss of income, added expenses, or financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is administered by the Dreamer Resource Center, in accordance with applicable University rules and policies. Funding comes from university lottery funds (state funds) and is not tied to federal money in any way. These awards are not a loan and do not need to be repaid; however, this grant may be considered taxable income. Individuals should contact their tax professional to determine if this grant is taxable.

Dreamer COVID-19 Aid Application

How Funds Are Distributed

While specific award amounts and disbursement strategies will differ across CSUs, the priority will be to provide the most HEERF funding to student populations who have exhibited the highest financial need through financial aid application processes.

After Sacramento State receives its HEERF funds, emergency grants will be disbursed to students very quickly. The award amounts below are designed to spread the HEERF allocation across the eligible student body. The estimated total number of students at the institution who are or could be eligible to participate in the Federal student financial aid programs under Section 484of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended is 28,969, and thus are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  1. The highest grant amounts are provided to eligible students who exhibited the highest financial need as determined from their financial aid applications.
  2. The next group exhibited some financial need through their financial aid applications.
  3. The third group of students did not file an application for financial aid. Emergency grant award amounts for students who are enrolled less than full time (11 or fewer units for undergraduates and 7 or fewer units for graduate students) are half the amount for full-time students.
Student Group Full-Time Less Than FT Total
1. Highest Financial Need $850 $425 16,514
2. Some Financial Need $400 $200 7,446
3. Did Not File FAFSA $200 $100 5,009

Receiving HEERF Funds

Funds will be disbursed automatically to eligible students through the Bursar’s Office. Students who have signed up for eRefund will have funds disbursed directly to their bank account. All other students will have a check sent to the current address listed in their Student Center. The full award will be disbursed to students regardless of whether they owe any money to the University. Students can sign up for eRefund or update their current address through their Student Center, (See FAQs for more information.)

Students who are not eligible to file a federal financial aid application (FAFSA), but who are eligible to file a California Dream Act financial aid application will receive funding from institutional money. Those disbursements will follow the same amounts as shown in the table above. For more specific information view the HEERF Emergency Grants FAQs.

Total HEERF/CARES Grant disbursed to date

HEERF/CARES Grant Funds As of date
$17,385,586.50 May 27, 2020
$17,706,732.30 July 10, 2020
$17,830,907.30 August 20, 2020
$17,865,252.13 October 5, 2020

Prevent Fraud & Stolen Funds

With the rising number of phishing scams related to financial aid, COVID-19 federal stimulus payments, and HEERF funding, we strongly advise all students to prevent fraud and stolen funds by enrolling in Two-Step Verification with Duo. This free and easy-to-use security tool requires two factors (your SacLink password and a mobile app that sends a push notification to you) to verify your identity and prevent unauthorized access to your accounts. You can enroll at csus.edu/duo or direct any questions or concerns to the IRT Service Desk Team at servicedesk@csus.edu.