COVID-19 and CSUF Financial Aid
Dear Titans, in these unprecedented and challenging times, our strength shines through in how we care for each other. As a result of the (contiuned) (COVID 19) concerns, along with caring for the safety of our staff and students, the Office of Financial Aid is now serving students virtually, with full service availability to meet all of your financial aid needs.
Our Financial Aid Staff are available to you by phone at (657) 278-3125; by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by using our New Ask Financial Aid Questions below. Our Financial Aid Counselors are also available for in-depth Financial Aid counseling via zoom or phone.
The Office of Financial Aid thanks you for your understanding and patience during this time, and we look forward to hearing from you, Titans. And as always, remember, Titans Reach Higher!
CARES Tier 3 grants will be disbursed beginning mid-July.
- CSUF received $20,510,756 in CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act funding for direct aid to students.
- Eligible students must be currently enrolled for Spring 20 and have a current FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on file; both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.
- Students that do not have a 19-20 FAFSA on file, can still submit their application and meet all requirements for CARES Act emergency grant consideration. The deadline is June 30, 2020, while funds are available.
- We have 3 tiers of distribution based on Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and prorated for number of full-time and part-time units a student is taking:
CARES Tier 1 students can receive up to $400
- Students who have 7+ credits receive $400
- Students who have 6 or less credits receive $200
CARES Tier 2 students with an EFC of $3,000 or less can receive up to $500
- Students who have 7+ credits receive $500
- Students who have 6 or less credits receive a $250
- There is no application for tiers 1 and 2, the payments are automatic based on the student's FAFSA on file and the number of units a student is taking.
CARES Tier 3 funds are available by "application only" until funds are exhausted. Please submit application via email at email@example.com, by mail at P.O. Box 6804 GH 146, Fullerton, CA 92834-6804, or by fax at 657-278-1595.
- CARES Tier 3 application deadline is Friday, June 19th
- CARES Tier 3 grants will vary between $250-$2,000 based on need, and will not be prorated
- CARES Tier 3 grants will be disbursed beginning mid-July
- Students eligible for CARES Tier 1 and/or CARES Tier 2 can also apply for CARES Tier 3
- Students must have a 2019-2020 processed FAFSA on file for CARES eligibility to be determined, and must have been enrolled through the end of spring 2020
- Payments began May 15, 2020
- CARES Tier 1 students can receive up to $400
My income has changed, what can I do?
- If your financial aid circumstances have changed as a result of COVID-19, please contact the Office of Financial Aid for a potential Income Appeal. An Income Appeal through the Office of Financial Aid can potentially adjust your FAFSA and Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for the 2020-2021 aid year, resulting in possible additional aid. If applicable, you will be asked to submit the necessary documentation to process such an appeal.
Financial Aid Services Offered:
- Answer general questions
- Provide in-depth financial aid counseling
- Consider additional financial aid counseling
- Consider additional aid options
- Re-instate loans that were previously canceled.
- Contact the Office of Financial Aid to update your 2020-2021 FAFSA/CDA if needed.
New! Financial Aid Questions:
- Phone: 657-278-3125
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zoom counseling appointments
- Secure electronic document submission:
- Fax: 657-278-3125
- Follow us for weekly updates!
Have more questions? Check out CSUF's FAQ's for students!
- To access more information, please refer to CSUF's FAQs for Students
Questions about Emergency Loans?
Emergency loans are available through the Office of Student Business Services.
CARES ACT INFORMATION
What is the CARES Act?
On April 9, 2020, the US Department of Education announced that more than $6 billion would be distributed to colleges and universities across the country to provide direct emergency financial aid grants to college students whose lives and education pathways have been disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak. The funding has been made possible through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) authroized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, recently passed by Congress.
CSUF has received $20,510,756 to provide directly to students, as quickly as possible, as emergency graint aid for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.
CSUF is committed to distributing these emergency grants based on three shared CSU principles:
- Student Success
- Timeliness and Administrative Simplicity
Who is eligible?
All currently enrolled California State University, Fullerton in undergraduate, graduate, professional and extended education students in degree seeking programs and are Title IV eligilbe (federal aid), and were not enrolled in a completely online program prior to March 13, 2020, may be considered for emergency grants.
Title IV Eligible students include (federal regulations):
- US. Citizen or Permanent Resident with a valid Social Security number
- Student enrolled in degree seeking programs
- Male students between ages of 18-25 must be registered for Selective Service
- Must not be in default or owe an overpayment on Title IV aid
- Must not have been convicted of a drug offense while receiving Title IV aid
- Must have a 2.0 GPA and passing 67% of classes (meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress)
- Must have a GED/High School Diploma
Non-Eligible CARES Act students may contact the Dean of Students Office to inquire about support options in light of COVID-19 related hardships at email@example.com to request further assistance. Please include your full name and CWID.
What can the grants fund?
The CSU Cares emergency grants are designed to support student expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These expenses might include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child-care expenses.
What are the grant amounts?
Grants will vary based on student need and number of enrolled units.
How will grant amounts be determined by California State University, Fullerton?
Grant amounts will automatically be provided to Title IV eligible students with a FAFSA on file, documented financial need, and number of enrolled units. Eligible students will be awarded in three tiers:
Tier 1 awards will provide all Title IV eligible students with a FAFSA on file an automatic emergency grant (no application necessary) on a prorated bases. Students enrolled in 7+ units will receive full award, and 6-units will receive half of the award.
Tier 2 awards will provide Title IV eligible students with a FAFSA on file, and a high need Expected Family Contribution (EFC) with an automatic emergency grant (no application necessary) on a prorated bases. Students enrolled in 7+ units will receive full award, and 6- units will receive half of award amount.
Tier 3 awards may provide Title IV eligible students with a FAFSA on file, additional aid consideration after being awarded Tier 1 and /or Tier 2. A Cares Grant Application is necessary, and must document additional need to be considered.
When will I receive Funds?
California State University, Fullerton, is working diligently to provide CARES Act emergency grants to students as quickly as possible in early May.
How will I receive funds?
Title IV eligible students with a FAFSA on file, may receive CARES Act grant funds via
- Direct Deposit- students must have already been enrolled in direct deposit in order to receive CARES funds via direct deposit.
- Checks- Eligible students without direct deposit information on record, will be mailed a check to the mailing address that is on file through the student center. If students do not have direct deposit set up, please ensure that mailing address is correct on the student portal.
Would a graduating senior be eligible for this financial aid?
All currently enrolled students in eligible programs that are title IV eligible, and have a FAFSA on file will be automatically awarded.
What if I don't currently have a FASFA on file?
The primary filing date was March 2, however, students who did not submit a FAFSA by that date can still fill out the FAFSA to be considered for the CARES Act Assistance. Students must complete a 2019-2020 FAFSA, and meet all requirements for CARES Act emergency grant consideration. The deadline is June 30, 2020, while funds are available.
What if I am not eligible for CARES Act Funds (federal funds)?
Students not eligible for CARES funds should email the Dean of Students Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) to request funding assistance. Please include your full name and CWID.
What if I owe a balance on my student account, will the CARES funds be applied to the balance first?
100% of the CARES Act Funds will go directly to the student, and not pay any outstanding charges.
Funds for undocumented Students
What is the Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) Fund?
- On April 15, 2020, Governor Newsom announced a new initiative to support California workers impacted by COVID-19.
- The Governor announced $75,000,000 to assist undcoumented adults.
- The Governor also announced a statewide public-private partnership with $50,000,000 supplemented by a philanthropic parternship.
- The collaboration is with Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) California Immigrant Resilience Fund.
Who is Eligible?
Eligibility: Applicants must be over 18 years of age and need to show proof that they have faced financial difficulties as a result of the pandemic.
Direct Assistance: Eligible undocumented adults may receive up to $500; or two undocumented adults per household for a maximum of $1,000.
Are there any other resources?
- Students not eligible for CARES funds should email the Dean of Students Office (email@example.com)to request funding assistance. Please include your full name and CWID.
- Governor's Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants
- California Department of Social Services (CDSS)
- Forms and Brochure
- Frequently Asked Questions