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HEERF Emergency Grants

Last Updated: 7/28/2020

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HEERF Emergency Grants at Sacramento State

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 18004(a)(1) of 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.

Sacramento State leadership has been working closely with the CSU Chancellor’s Office and the other 22 CSU campuses to determine how to distribute this funding to students. Each of the campuses has a unique student population and will receive a different amount of HEERF funding. 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 allocation, 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. A percentage was held aside for supplemental funding that will require an application. 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 484 of 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. The highest grant amounts are provided to eligible students who exhibited the highest financial need as determined from their financial aid applications. The next group exhibited some financial need through their financial aid applications. 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 Amount Less Than Full-Time Amount Total Students by Group
Highest Financial Need (Federal FAFSA) $850 $425 16,514
Some Financial Need (Federal FAFSA) $400 $200 7,446
Eligible to File a Federal FAFSA But Did Not File $200 $100 5,009

Prevent Fraud and 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 or direct any questions or concerns to the IRT Service Desk Team at


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.

As of date Total HEERF/CARES Grant disbursed to date
May 27, 2020 $17,385,586.50
July 10, 2020 $17,706,732.30