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CARES (HEERF) Reporting

CSUN Cares for Students Grant Summary

August 14, 2020

The CSUN Cares for Students Grant is made possible through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provides financial support to eligible students who have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.  CSUN signed and returned the Certification and Agreement and is eligible to receive a total of $22,326,164 for use in providing emergency financial aid grants to students. Through July 21, 2020, the university has awarded $17,869,089 to 25,787 students who responded affirmatively to the university’s invitation to receive a grant.   

  • Eligible students were invited to apply for a grant by the initial priority deadline of May 15, 2020.
  • Students applied online at myNorthridge portal under Financial Matters in the CSUN Cares Grant Application pagelet.  Eligible students had the option to accept a pre-approved grant amount or provide justification to request a higher amount.
  • To be eligible, students were required to be enrolled at CSUN during Spring 2020 in an undergraduate, graduate or professional program; be eligible to receive federal financial aid; and not be enrolled in a completely online degree program.
  • During the priority award period only current Title IV financial aid recipients were identified as eligible to receive the CARES grant.  A total of 26,819 students were so identified and invited to apply for a CARES grant.
  • Eligible expenses included food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and other college expenses incurred as a result of COVID-19 related disruption of campus operations.
  • Grant awards ranged from $154 to $1,568 based on family income as reflected by the applicant’s official Expected Family Contribution (EFC) to the student’s cost of attendance.  Students with the lowest (i.e., “0”) EFC received the highest grant award.  Students attending less than full-time received half the designated amount. 

The university opened a second application period for other eligible students as well as students who failed to apply during the initial application period. 

  • Eligible students were notified by email on July 7, 2020 and were encouraged to apply by July 16, 2020.
  • During the second award period only Title IV eligible financial aid recipients were identified to receive the CARES grant.  Over 12,000 students were so identified and invited to apply for a CARES grant.
  • Eligible expenses included food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and other college expenses incurred as a result of COVID-19 related disruption of campus operations.
  • Grant awards ranged from $154 to $1,568 based. Students attending less than full-time received half the designated amount. 

The university is preparing to open a third application period in early Fall 2020.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

CSUN CARES GRANT PROGRAM FAQs

Q. When will CSUN open another Cares Grant application period?
A. The university is preparing to open a third application period in early Fall 2020.

Q. How will I be notified if I am eligible?
A. You will be sent a communication via your CSUN email.

Q. Who is eligible for a Cares Grant?
A. Students who are Title IV eligible financial aid recipients. We encourage all students to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You may apply at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa.

Q. Does the grant have to be paid back?
A. The CSUN Cares Grant does not have to be paid back. 

Q. Will this grant affect my financial aid?
A. The CSUN Cares grant will not affect your eligibility for financial aid.

Q. If I owe a balance to the university, does that get taken out of my CSUN Cares Grant funds?
A. The funds will be sent directly to you via eRefund (if you are already signed up) or via check. No charges will be taken out.

Q. Where can I update my address on file with the university?
A. If you need to update your address on file with the university, you must go to https://www.csun.edu/admissions-records/update-personal-information and follow the instructions.

Q. If I’m currently receiving aid from EDD for unemployment. Can I still apply for the Cares grant?
A. That is not a question we are qualified to answer. You may wish to ask the applicable agency.  Just a note that the grant does not have to be paid back and the grant will not affect your eligibility for financial aid.

Q. Will the grant affect my VA benefits in future semesters?
A. That is not a question we are qualified to answer. You may wish to ask the applicable agency. Just a note that the grant does not have to be paid back and the grant will not affect your eligibility for financial aid.