CARES Act

The following public information is provided in compliance with Section § 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act for California State University, Stanislaus (Stanislaus State):

  1. Stanislaus State signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement on April 13, 2020 for the Student Aid portion of the grant. Stanislaus state has used or will use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  2. Stanislaus State received notice on April 23, 2020, that it had received an award of $6,657,358. This amount represents fifty percent of the total funds to be received by Stanislaus State under Section 18004(a)(1) and will be used by the University to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. The funds were received on 4/24/2020.
  3. The total amount of the Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is $6,184,225 as of May 22, 2020.
  4. The estimated total number of students at Stanislaus State that are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 10,259
  5. The total number of students who have received Emergency Financial Aid Grants under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 6,812 as of May 22, 2020.
  6. The Stanislaus State funding model was based on the number of students (undergraduate, graduate and credential) that were eligible for the CARES Emergency Grants and the funds allocated to the University to distribute. Based on these factors, Stanislaus State utilized Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as calculated through the 2019-20 FAFSA to determine an equitable distribution of funds. Students who had already demonstrated financial need and were in Tier 1 or Tier 2 received the largest portion of these funds and were selected to receive automatic payments with no application required. The amount was also determined by full-time and part-time spring term enrollment status. Tier 3 students did need to submit an application requesting funding.

Eligible students are then divided into three Tiers.

  1. Tier 1: Students with the lowest income status who received maximum state and/or federal aid
  2. Tier 2: Students with some financial need prior to the COVID-19 pandemic
  3. Tier 3: Eligible students without regard to prior state and/or federal aid received. Students in Tier 1 and Tier 2 were also able to submit an application for additional funding.
Spring 2020 Enrollment Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3
7+ units $1200 $700 Varies
1 – 6 units $600 $350 Varies

7. Students in Tier 1 and Tier 2 were awarded funds and sent award emails. All students were sent a text letting them know that funding was available. Students were also sent an email letting them know how to submit an application. We also posted information about the program on our COVID-19 page.