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COVID-19 AID: Apply for Student Emergency Grants

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Chico State has secured two funding sources under our Chico State Cares Emergency Student Grants initiative to help support our students impacted financially by the COVID-19 outbreak:

  1. The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
  2. Campus-based funds available through an open application process

Chico State needed multiple sources of emergency student assistance because funding through the federal CARES Act is not available to all students as defined in the CARES Act law and by the US Department of Education (DOE).


By Natalie Hanson | | Chico Enterprise-Record

CHICO — With nearly $10 million in federal coronavirus aid money designed to go to students, Chico State disbursed over $6.6 million this week in grants to students.

These funds came via the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, for universities to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of $6,643,700 was distributed to 7,001 students in block grants “to get money out to students as soon as possible,” Vice President for Business and Finance Ann Sherman said Wednesday.

Sherman said the amounts of the grants were “based on guidance we received from the federal government through the California Department of Education and from the CSU as a whole.”

The students who got money this week were determined based on their federal eligibility, whether they were at full or part time status, and whether they qualified for financial aid, she added.

A remainder of $3,336,000 is left over that must go to students. Sherman said Chico State is preparing to open a two week application window to apply for aid, to those who were not eligible for block grants, as well as to those who were eligible for grants but need additional aid.

“We wanted to include students whose circumstances may have changed since the pandemic,” Sherman said, since some students applied for financial id over a year ago.

She hopes the application window “will be live Friday or by Monday, for two weeks.”

The university is working on a solution for students who do not have internet to be able to apply by phone or by obtaining a paper application.

For some students who are not eligible for CARES Act funds at all, “we are looking at an accommodation of auxiliary funds and advancement dollars,” which has not yet been determined, she said.

Students who did qualify include international students, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals students and some taking online classes.

“There’s so many limitations,” for how these students can get aid, Sherman added.

Students also received refunds on parking, housing and dining in April. No refunds on student fees, which students pay for on top of tuition, are expected. A large portion of these fees go to the athletics department, then for Bell Memorial Union, WellCat Health Center and Wildcat Recreation Center in-person use, which ended when the campus was closed in March. The Heath Center now offers virtual-only telehealth services and the Bell Memorial Union’s Student life and Leadership services are online-only as well.

“(California Department of Education’s) Title V said if those funds have been earned, they are retained,” Sherman said. “And they have been earned.”

Students needing more information about the available emergency funds can visit the Student Emergency Grants page on the Chico State website.




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