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CARES Act Funding

CSUSM has received an allocation for $15.9 million from the federal government with $7.9 million allocated to assist students struggling financially and the remaining allocated to current and ongoing institutional costs and losses following the Office of Education guidelines. 

CSUSM signed and returned the certification and agreement form and that the institution has used, and intends to use the funds to provide the mandated amount of at least 50% of the emergency financial aid grants to students. The CARES Act funding is designated to be used for the disruption of on-campus classes, students that are fully online are ineligible to receive the federal CARES funds.

As of June 25th, we have requested $7,456,357 from the Department of Education.  The additional funding will be spent on students enrolled in Spring 2020, as new FAFSA’s arrive.  

The CARES Act Emergency Grants are emergency aid grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus; this is different than a change in a student's financial need due to COVID-19, which could be a result of a loss of income rather than new expenses. The Emergency grants will be paid directly to students and will not apply toward outstanding institutional charges. The CARES Act emergency financial aid grants to students are for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).

CSUSM has 11,224 FAFSA filing students enrolled in the Spring semester that are in face-to-face classes that may be eligible for CARES Act funding.  

Government Guidelines for Distribution

In following federal government guidelines, these funds will be distributed as follows based on the FAFSA Estimated Family Contribution (EFC). For questions about eligibility contact finaid@csusm.edu.

Student Categories:

  1. FAFSA filed 0 to 4000 EFC, $1000 Full-time and $500 Part-time
  2. FAFSA filed 4001 and higher EFC, $500 Full-time and $250 Part-time
  3. FAFSA eligible – May or may not have filed a FAFSA at the time the CARES Act was passed into law, $300 Full-time and $200 Part-time

Category 1 & 2 are not eligible for category 3.  Likewise, category 3 is not eligible for 1 or 2. 

Students With EFC of $0-$4,000

Full-time students with an EFC of $0-$4,000 on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form will receive $1,000 and part-time students will receive $500. CSUSM has 5,288 full-time students and 806 part-time students who meet this criterium for a total expenditure of $5.7 million. No application or action is required for students in this category. Beginning Monday, May 4, students will either have the funds deposited directly into their bank accounts or a check will be mailed to their home address as it appears in their MyCSUSM account.

As of June 25th, 6138 students in this category received $5,731,500.00

Students With EFC of $4,001+ and Received Aid

Full-time students with an EFC of $4,001 or more and have also received aid during the 2019-20 academic year will receive $500 and part-time students will receive $250. CSUSM has 2,402 full-time students and 462 part-time students who meet this criterium for a total expenditure of $1.3 million. No application or action is required for students in this category. Beginning Monday, May 4, students will either have the funds deposited directly into their bank accounts or a check will be mailed to their home address as it appears in their MyCSUSM account.

As of June 25th, 3272 students in this category received $1,508,500.00.

FAFSA-eligible students

The remaining CARES Act balance of $973,018 will be distributed to FAFSA-eligible students. This includes students who filled out a FAFSA application as well as students who didn’t but were eligible to fill one out. Students must apply to be considered for these funds. Applications will be available through your MyCSUSM account through the message center. The amount each student receives will depend on the number of applications received. It is anticipated that full-time students could be eligible for up to $300 and part-time students up to $200.

As of June 25th, 752 students in this category received $216,357.00.

The Department of Education has issued additional guidance on the CARES Act funding; as of June 17th, no new awards can be made without a FAFSA. On May 21, ED announced that they will not be enforcing previous guidance that required students to be Title IV eligible to receive HEERF Grants, because the guidance lacks “the force and effect of law.”

 On June 17, ED issued a preview of its interim final rule regarding the distribution of coronavirus emergency relief grants to students, doubling down on its position that only Title IV-eligible students can receive the funding.

ED clarified in the rule that enforcement of the Title IV eligibility interpretation will not be retroactive before the date of publication in the Federal Register, but reminded institutions of its prior guidance regarding funds issued to undocumented students and those enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and international students. CSUSM was proud to award the CSU CARES and the Student Relief Fund to our undocumented, DACA and international students.

Ineligible students

Government regulations state that DACA students, undocumented students, fully online students and international students are not eligible for CARES Act funds. However, the university provided funds for DACA students and undocumented students through the Student Relief Fund.

Additional Funding Not Part of CARES

All students who are enrolled in the Spring 2020 semester are eligible for these funding sources including DACA and undocumented students.

ASI Student Emergency Fund

Available to currently enrolled CSUSM students who encounter an unexpected financial emergency or catastrophic event in which their basic needs and/or ability to function as a student are impacted, you can apply for funding or email sef@csusm.edu with questions for a maximum $250 grant. Any CSUSM student is eligible to apply for these funds, including DACA, international, and undocumented students.