More than $5 Million in CARES Grants for HSU Students

May 1, 2020 - 1:09pm

Humboldt State University is committed to assisting as many students as possible through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a new law meant to help individuals and businesses, including colleges and universities, cover emergency expenses related to COVID-19.

Under the CARES Act, the University will allocate $5,151,499 to the following groups of currently enrolled students, who will receive the full amount, even if there are any outstanding charges on their HSU account:

Students who filed a 2019-20 FAFSA and who are eligible for Federal Financial Aid based on their submission of the FAFSA will be eligible to automatically receive the CARES emergency grant. Over 5,200 enrolled students will be receiving grant funds, with amounts ranging between $500 and $1,000, depending on their Expected Family Contribution and full- or part-time enrollment status.    

Students who did not file a FAFSA and are otherwise eligible for financial aid are eligible to receive $500 to $1,000 in CARES funding. To verify their general eligibility for federal aid, students must submit a CARES application, which is available on the Financial Aid Office website, no later than June 15. Requests will take one to two weeks to process. 

Grants have already been processed and students with direct deposit should see grant funds as early as today. Over the next few days, checks will be mailed to the current mailing address of students who don’t have direct deposit.   

California Dream Act students, International students, and students in exclusively online programs (e.g., Leadership Studies) are not eligible for CARES funding due to federal mandate. These students may be eligible for grants from different funding sources.  

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