CSU Efforts for Students facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

By: Jennifer Rios

Students across the country have fallen through the cracks of financial support amid the coronavirus pandemic. With CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, Economic Security Act), previously signed into law by Congress; under this also came the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund was sent to universities across the country.

Primary goal of the Emergency Program is aimed to provide students with financial aid grants for this facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. For those who have previously qualified for funds which was determined by each student’s financial need, based on previous income on their recent filing of FAFSA. Based on the email from SF State’s Bursar’s office, this students who meet the criteria can receive funds between $750 – $1,000.

Some students at San Francisco State say they have already seen the funds disbursed into their accounts one the weekend. This came as relief to student who have not able to receive financial recovery due to loss of jobs and being able to pay their bills. Nijah Lord, a full time student at SF State describes these grant efforts as, ” a college version of the stimulus check.” As many students have reportedly not qualified for the previous $1200 stimulus also signed by Congress just weeks ago.

Under the CARES Program, the eligible students to receive grant funds will be divided into three groups, for students who need addition assistance can also apply for extra funds ranging from $250 – $2,00, the deadline to apply is May 11, 2020. You must have been previously considered for assistance to receive additional funds, and from there be considered on a priority basis. Students who apply will be notified by May 21, 2020. Students who qualify for these grants under the CARES Program will receive their funds through direct deposit reported on their student account, if not applicable they will be receiving a check in the mail. Wells Fargo has agreed to cash student checks at no charge.

For students who see the award grant posted on their student account, but have not received their funds they are recommended to contact the Bursar’s office. For  students who are not eligible for federal student aid to consider applying the HOPE Crises Fund program, for further information on student financial resources at this time, go to SFSU.edu/covid-19.