Congress 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).

We are excited to announce that Stanislaus State has received our second round of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF) money, authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSAA). Stanislaus State has received $6.65 million in CRRSAA funds to provide financial aid grants for 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 II funding that institutions received is primarily based on the number of high-need students enrolled.

We are required to prioritize grants to students with exceptional financial need, such as those who receive Pell Grants. The HEERF II funds can be awarded to online students as well. In order to be eligible for HEERF II funds, students need to have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with an official Estimated Family Contribution on file with the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office. Stanislaus State reviewed all received FAFSA applications by February 5, 2021. DACA, AB 540 undocumented, and international students are not currently eligible for HEERF II funding. We will be reviewing other institutional funding to determine financial support for AB 540 undocumented students.

Our award amounts are:

  Units Enrolled Amount per student
0 EFC 1 - 6 units $600
0 EFC 7 + units $1,250
1 - 4000 EFC 1 - 6 units $400
1 - 4000 EFC 7 + units $950
4001 - 5711 1 - 6 units $300
4001 - 5711 7 + units $600
5712-10,000 1 - 6 units $200
5712-10,000 7 + units $400

We will be funding 71% of our currently enrolled students for spring 2021.