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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

California State University, East Bay has signed and returned to the Department of Education, the Certification and Agreement as instructed by the United States Secretary of Education to receive funds under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Cares Act. We intend to use no less than 50% of the funds received to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to our students. 

Pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students, CSU East Bay has received $7,308,674 from the Department of Education. As of April 17, 2020, the date of submission of the Certification and Agreement, we have distributed $5,459,675 to 8,972 Title IV eligible students.  CSU Eastbay estimates that 12,425  students may be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. 

The method(s) used by CSU East Bay to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is the following:

All Students who have submitted the 2019-2020 FAFSA application by the last week of April, 2020 who were eligible to receive Title IV funding under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 with the exception of those students who were enrolled only in Online Courses, per the directive of the United States Secretary of Education were automatically considered to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grant. Those who were eligible received the CARES Act Emergency funds directly to their account through the Office of Student Financial Services. This initial ‘block award,’ was distributed to students due to the disruption of campus operations that resulted in the transition to ‘online’ from ‘on ground’ learning. 

There are 584 students who may have been eligible for the Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) who were excluded from the above block awarding. These students concurrently received institutional funding via State University Grant. 

Students who are enrolled in a Title IV eligible program who have not yet submitted a FAFSA application, or of the 584 students who have received concurrent institutional funding, or students who have received an initial Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1)  must submit a CARES Act Emergency Grant Application to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1).

To be eligible for the CARES Act Emergency Grant, students must submit a current FAFSA application to verify their Title IV eligibility (Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended). Students must:

·      Submit a CARES Act Emergency Grant Application and indicate their need for funding to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care. 

·       Submit a current FAFSA application via studentaid.gov

·       Be enrolled in a degree or certificate program

·       Be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress

·       Not owe an overpayment on Title IV grants or loans.*

·       Not be in default on a Title IV loan*

·       Complete the Verification Process if their FAFSA is flagged for Federal Verification

·       Be a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident, or other eligible noncitizen* 

·       Have their Selective Service registration*

·       Have valid Social Security Number*

·       Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations*

                   *Verified by submitting a current FAFSA Application*

CARES Act Emergency Grant Awarding Criteria: 

Students who’s EFC are less than or equal to $5,576 (maximum Pell Eligibility Criteria) will receive $750 each, based on full time status. Students who are enrolled in less than full time will receive $325.

Students who’s EFC are more than $5,576 (maximum Pell Eligibility Criteria)  will receive $500 each, based on full time status. Students who are enrolled in less than full time will receive $250.

Students are advised to visit the following link to review the guidance concerning CSU Eastbay’s Emergency Financial Aid Grants

Updates

  • 30 Days following our May 15 post, as of July 1, 2020, Cal State East Bay has posted an additional $317,500 in CARES Emergency Funding to 849 Title IV eligible students through the CARES Act Application. As of April 17, 2020; the date of submission of the Certification and Agreement, we have distributed a total of $5,777,175.00 to 9,821 Title IV eligible students.
  • 30 Days following our July 1 post, as of July 31, 2020 CSU East Bay has posted an additional $17,750 in CARES Emergency Funding to 40 Title IV eligible students through the CARES Act Application. As of April 17, 2020; the date of submission of the Certification and Agreement, we have distributed a total of $5,794,925.00 to 9,861 Title IV eligible students.

Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund information

 The Funding Certification and Agreement for the Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund was signed and returned on April 23, 2020. Pursuant to the agreement, our campus received $7,308,673. Although we have received the authorization to draw down funds, at this time we have not utilized the institutional portion allocated to our campus. These funds will be drawn down during the FY20-21 fiscal year, following the CARES Act guidance.

Minority Serving Institution Funds (MSI) - Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

The Funding Certification and Agreement for the MSI Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund was signed and returned on May 5, 2020. Pursuant to the agreement, our campus received $1,119,201. Although we have received the authorization to draw down funds, at this time we have not utilized the MSI portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. These funds will be drawn down during the FY20-21 fiscal year, following the CARES Act guidance.

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