HEERF III

On March 11, 2021 the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2, awarded $19,343,615 million additional dollars to Stanislaus State in Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (referred to as HEERF III), was signed into law. Information on this page relates to HEERF III funding. The purpose of this funding is to provide students that may have experienced loss of employment or other financial support due to the COVID-19 emergency. These aid payments were intended to help with expenses incurred as a result of the emergency, including housing, food, course materials, technology, healthcare, or childcare.

The following public information is provided in compliance with the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2 and California State University, Stanislaus (Stanislaus State):

  1. Stanislaus State signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement on May 17, 2021 for the Student Aid portion of the grant. Stanislaus State has used or will use the funds received under American Rescue Plan (ARP), the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III) to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  2. Stanislaus State received notice on May 17, 2021 that it had received an award of $19,343,615. This amount represents the total funds to be received by Stanislaus State under American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2 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.
  3. The total amount of the HEERF III Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2 is $1,196,650 as of July 22, 2021.
  4. The estimated total number of students at Stanislaus State that are eligible to participate in HEERF III program 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 American Rescue Plan (ARP), is 2,568 as of July 22, 2021.
  5. The total number of students who have received HEERF III Emergency Financial Aid Grants under the American Rescue Plan program is 1,937 as of July 22, 2021.
  6. As under the CRRSAA and ARP, we are directed with the HEERF III Funds to prioritize grants to students with exceptional financial need, such as those who receive Pell Grants or are undergraduates with extraordinary financial circumstances. Eligibility for HEERF III funds, will be based on Expected Family Contribution (EFC), students that completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a California Dream Act Application (CADAA) will not need to complete anything else. Students without a FAFSA or CADAA on file, may still submit an application or create an account with CollegeBoard and submit a copy of the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) estimate from College board estimator to the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office via our web application.

Awards will be divided into three rounds.

  • Summer 2021 
  • Fall 2021: 
  • Spring 2022:
Expected Family Contribution Ranges Full-Time Less Than Full-Time
0 Expected Contribution (highest need) $1,200 $600
Students with PELL Grant Eligible EFC (1-4,000) exceptional need $1,000 $500
Students with PELL Grant Eligible EFC (4,001-5,711) $800 $400
Expected Family Contribution below the cost of attendance (5,712-10,000) $400 $200
Other qualified students with Expected Family Contribution below the cost of attendance - eligible for need based (10,001-15,000) $300 $150

 International Students may be eligible for HEERF funding of up to $500

7.  Eligible students were awarded funds and sent award emails notifications. Students without a FAFSA or CADAA on file were sent email notifications of the web application availability.

HEERF III FAQ 

Who is eligible for the Student Emergency Grant HEERF III?  
Students enrolled in Summer 2021 and have a 2020-2021 or enrolled in Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 and have a 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) on file. Data from the FAFSA or CADAA application will be used to determine the amount of the HEERF III Student Emergency Grant.

Screengrab of EFC Calculator

Students who did not submit a FAFSA or CADAA will still be considered for the HEERF III Student Emergency Grant. Students have the option to file a FAFSA or CADAA application or submit a copy of the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) estimate from College board during the application period. You will need to create an account to save your results. 

To submit the copy of the EFC estimate the student will need to save their results in a PDF or other acceptable format and submit the application submission portal.

When will the HEERF III Student Emergency Grant Funds be available?  
Funds will be disbursed as quickly as possible in order to provide students with the support they need to continue their educational pursuits. The HEERF III Student Emergency Grant disbursement date will be after census of that particular semester. 

If I am awarded a HEERF III Student Emergency Grant, what happens next? 
All emergency grant funds will be automatically disbursed to your student account.

How will I receive the HEERF III Student Emergency Grant?  
Refunds will be processed through Student Financial Services, much like other aid. If the student is enrolled in direct deposit, funds will be disbursed directly to the bank account on file. Otherwise, a check will be mailed to the address on file.  

Will these emergency grant funds be applied to my current balance?  
No, these funds are sent directly to the student. 

What if I paid my fees and received a HEERF III Emergency Grant, will I get a refund? 
Yes, the HEERF III Student Emergency grant will be sent directly to the student in the form of a refund. 

Are there enrollment requirements? 
Due to limited funding matriculated, degree/seeking students will be prioritized. 

Will the HEERF III Student Emergency Grant affect my financial aid eligibility?  
No. HEERF III Student Emergency Grants do not affect financial aid eligibility and is a one-time grant that does not need to be repaid. 

Do I have to complete requested verification documents to be eligible?  
No. If you were selected for federal, state or institutional verification, you are not required to complete this process to receive the HEERF III Student Emergency Grant. 

I’m not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for financial aid, will I still get a HEERF III Student Emergency Grant?  
Yes. Meeting SAP is not an eligibility requirement for this emergency grant.

I’m a Credential/Graduate/PBAC student, am I eligible for the HEERF III Student Emergency Grant funding?  
Yes. Students matriculated in degree-seeking and teaching credential programs are eligible.

Why did I not receive a HEERF III Student Emergency Grant?
There may be additional factors that may affect your eligibility for the HEERF III Emergency Grant, please contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office for more information. 

What if I need more emergency aid funding?
Based upon the amount of federal funding available, we do not have additional emergency aid funding beyond the initial aid payments for HEERF III. However, if your financial circumstances have changed for any reason, you are able to submit an Income Appeal to be considered for a re-evaluation of your financial aid eligibility. Please note that the outcome of an Income Appeal does not affect an aid payment allocated through the HEERF III funding but may have affected your eligibility for federal and state grants, as well as student loans. 

How do I apply for financial aid re-evaluation?
If your financial circumstances have changed, you are able to submit an Income Appeal to be considered for a re-evaluation of your financial aid eligibility. Please note that the outcome of your Income Appeal does not affect their aid payment allocated through the HEERF III funding but may have affected your eligibility for federal and state grants, as well as student loans.

For additional information on the 2021-2022 Income Appeal visit our Professional Judgement webpage.

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?  
For questions regarding HEERF III Student Emergency Grant you may contact our office at (209) 667-3336 or Financial_Aid@csustan.edu