To assist our students who are experiencing financial difficulty related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one path that CSU East Bay has established is the CARES Act Emergency Grant. This grant is available only for Title IV eligible students who are currently enrolled in the Spring 2020 term. International students, students who were enrolled in an online program prior to March 13, 2020 and students who know in advance that they do not meet Title IV requirements noted below, are advised to submit an application to the Presidential Pioneers Emergency Fund.
All Students who have submitted the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application and are currently enrolled will be automatically considered for funding and do not need to do anything else.
Students who have not submitted a FAFSA application must submit a CARES Act Emergency Grant Application through their Student Service Center via their MYCSUEB account. Graduating Seniors must submit this application prior to May 16, 2020 to be considered. To be eligible for the CARES Act Emergency Grant, students must:
Expenses incurred related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Allowable expense items are food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and/or child-care.
Title IV Requirements: Eligible students for the CARES Act Emergency Grant must:Be enrolled in a degree or certificate program
*Verified by submitting the 2019-2020 FAFSA Application*
Those who are Title IV eligible will receive the CARES Act Emergency funds deposited directly to their account through the Student Financial Services Department. If you have enrolled in Direct Deposit, the funds will be directly deposited to your banking account. If you have not enrolled in Direct Deposit, you will receive your funds via a paper check mailed to your permanent address. Students who receive funding in the form of a check and who do not have a bank account can cash their check at any Wells Fargo bank.
Funds will be awarded based on full time enrollment and will be prorated according to the units in which students are currently enrolled. (full time/part time status)
The CARES Act Emergency Grant is not considered Federal Student Financial Aid and therefore will not affect the student’s financial aid eligibility amount.
This is not a student loan. Students will not be expected to repay these funds. Grant funds are limited and will be awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis until the funds are exhausted.
The Presidential Pioneers Emergency Fund
International students, students who were enrolled in an online program prior to March 13, 2020 and students who know in advance that they do not meet Title IV requirements are advised to submit an application to the Presidential Pioneers Emergency Fund.
Those who are found not eligible for the CARES Act Emergency Grant will automatically be considered for The Presidential Pioneers Emergency Fund. Students will be notified of the outcome promptly upon completion of the review process.
For additional guidance on which application to submit, click here
Additional Financial Aid Opportunities:
Family Contribution Appeal:
Students who have completed a FAFSA for the 2019-2020 school year may request a Family Contribution Appeal if the family income has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This process allows students/families to update income changes in the current calendar compared to the income on their FAFSA or California Dream Act application. The income change may result in a reduction to the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which in some cases may warrant eligibility for Cal Grant, Subsidized Loans or in extreme cases a Pell Grant. Students who already have a 0 EFC will not qualify for a Family Contribution Appeal.
Requests for a Family Contribution Appeal can be made by contacting the Financial Aid Office at email@example.com. You may also request to meet with a counselor via zoom. Initial requests are reviewed by financial aid staff members and based on the nature of the request, additional documentation and requirements will be requested of the student to submit through the verification portal for review. Once the request and subsequent documentation requests have been completed, a financial aid counselor will review the request and determine the student’s eligibility. Any professional judgement decisions made by CSUEB staff members are final and cannot be appealed to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) or the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).
Changes In Circumstance Which Would Qualify For Review Are:
Layoff/Unemployment; Disability; Retirement; Death; Divorce/Separation; Out of pocket medical costs not covered by insurance incurred between January and December of the prior calendar year (medical expenses must not exceed financial aid regulation limits); Change in the number of family members in the household for whom you or your parents provide more than 50% support)
For more information regarding the Family Contribution Appeal, please click here.
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