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Student Aid via HEERF II

The information on this page relates to HEERF Phase II funding, which was allocated to CSULB in spring 2021 as part of the Coronavirus Response & Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act for additional student and institutional support.

CSULB is a beneficiary of $67,421,424 in funding through HEERF Phase II. Additionally, $6,577,199 has been allocated to CSULB as part of the Minority-Serving Institution portion of the HEERF funding. At least $23,301,100 will be used to provide direct aid payments to students in spring 2021.

Students may have experienced loss of employment or other financial support due to the COVID-19 emergency. These aid payments are intended to help with expenses incurred as a result of the emergency, including housing, food, course materials, technology, healthcare, or childcare.

Eligibility

To receive an emergency grant payment, each student must be:

  • Enrolled in a degree program at CSULB
  • Registered in at least 1 unit in the spring 2021 semester as of February 17, 2021
  • For HEERF Phase II funding: A U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen eligible for federal benefits, as defined by 8 U.S. Code § 1641 
  • Students ineligible for Title IV funding may be eligible for aid payments from non-federal sources.

Allocation and Distribution

Students with the highest financial need will receive the highest aid amount. Students enrolled less than full-time will receive prorated aid payments.

CSULB students are encouraged to sign up for eRefund, which electronically deposits any refunds directly into your bank account. If you have set up eRefund in MyCSULB Student Center, your aid payment will be deposited directly in your bank's checking or savings account.

Please be careful to guard against phishing attempts that may target your student account information. If you receive a questionable email that you recently changed your bank account, before affirming that you did, be sure to check your bank information in MyCSULB by logging in to CSULB Single Sign-On directly and not clicking any links in the email. You can check your current eRefund information and make any necessary changes following the instructions in the How-To Guides.

If you have not previously set up eRefund, a paper check will be mailed to your preferred mailing address. You should make sure that your mailing address is correct on MyCSULB Student Center.

Timeline

  • April 2: All students were notified that CSULB is working on distribution of HEERF Phase II funding.
  • April 5: Students without eRefund information on file were asked to set up eRefund.
  • We hope to process payments to students eligible for automatic aid payments by April 15.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is HEERF?

The Higher Educational Emergency Relief Fund, or HEERF, was created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security (CARES) Act in spring 2020. Additional funds were allocated to HEERF as authorized by the Coronavirus Response & Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Much of this funding is intended for direct aid to students.

Because HEERF funds have been allocated in separate phases, the funds distributed for student and institutional support in spring 2020 are referred to as HEERF Phase I and those distributed in spring 2021 are referred to as HEERF Phase II. 

Who is eligible?

Most students who are eligible to file for federal financial aid will automatically receive emergency aid payments. Federal guidelines restrict emergency aid payments from the HEERF Phase II fund to students that are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens approved to receive federal benefits, as defined by 8 U.S. Code § 1641. CSULB allocated HEERF Phase II funds to degree-seeking students who were enrolled in at least 1 unit for Spring 2021 as of February 17, 2021.

If you are not eligible to file for federal financial aid, you may be eligible to receive an emergency aid payment from non-federal sources that CSULB has made available. 

If I didn't complete a FAFSA for 2020-2021, will I still receive an aid payment?

If you are eligible to complete a FAFSA but did not do so, you are still eligible to receive an emergency aid payment. If we are able to verify your eligibility using the information we already have on file, we will be able to process an automatic aid payment.

How was my aid amount determined?

Your aid amount was determined based on your financial need information on record for the 2020-2021 academic year. Students with the highest financial need will receive the highest aid amount. Students enrolled less than full-time will receive prorated aid payments.

At CSULB, full-time enrollment for financial aid is defined as follows:

  • Undergraduate, credential, and second baccalaureate students: 12 or more units
  • Master’s degree students: 8 or more units
  • Doctoral students: 6 or more units
Aid was determined by need and enrollment level.
  Full-time Less than full-time
$0 Expected Family Contribution $1,200 $600
Students with Pell Grant Eligible EFC - defined as exceptional need $1,000 $500
Expected Family Contribution below Cost of Attendance $500 $250
All other qualified students - Expected Family Contribution above the Cost of Attendance, incomplete financial-aid file, and Non-FAFSA filers $200 $100

Do I need to repay this?

No. You do not need to repay this emergency aid. 

Do I need to apply?

No, students do not need to apply for HEERF Phase II funds. For students who filed a FAFSA, eligibility will be confirmed based upon data provided in that application. For students who did not file a FAFSA, we will use university records to confirm that you meet the U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen criteria to receive federal benefits, as defined by 8 U.S. Code § 1641.

How will I get my aid payment?

If we have eRefund information on file for you, it will be sent via direct deposit. If you have not previously set up eRefund, a paper check will be mailed to your preferred mailing address. You should make sure that your mailing address is correct on MyCSULB Student Center.

When will I get my aid payment?

We are processing aid payments as quickly as possible. You will receive an email when your aid payment is processed.

Depending on your bank, it may take several business days for your payment to post to your account.

Will this payment count as income for financial aid next year?

No. Our Financial Aid office will not include HEERF emergency aid in your income when determining your financial aid package for next year.

Non-HEERF emergency aid may be subject to inclusion depending on the relevant guidelines.

Will this change my financial aid for the 2021-2022 academic year?

No. Our Financial Aid office will not include HEERF emergency aid in your income when determining your financial aid package for next year.

Non-HEERF emergency aid may be subject to inclusion depending on relevant guidelines.

What if I need more emergency aid funding?

Based upon the amount of federal funding available, we do not anticipate having additional emergency aid funding beyond the initial aid payments for HEERF Round II.  However, if your financial circumstances have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may submit an Income Appeal to be considered for re-evaluation for financial aid eligibility. Please note that the outcome of your Income Appeal will not affect your aid payment allocated through the HEERF Phase II funding but may affect your eligibility for federal and state grants, as well as student loans. 
 
The 2020-2021 Income Appeal and 2021-2022 Income Appeal forms are available on the Financial Aid Forms webpage.

How can I apply for financial aid re-evaluation?

If your financial circumstances have changed, you may submit an Income Appeal to be considered for re-evaluation for financial aid eligibility. Please note that the outcome of your Income Appeal will not affect your aid payment allocated through the HEERF Phase II funding but may affect your eligibility for federal and state grants, as well as student loans.

For FAFSA filers, the Income Appeal form is currently available from the Financial Aid Forms webpage.  If you would like your eligibility re-evaluated for the current academic year (Spring and Summer 2021), submit a 2020-2021 Income Appeal by the April 15, 2021 deadline. 

For FAFSA filers, we can also re-evaluate your eligibility for the 2021-2022 academic year (Fall 2021 – Summer 2022) due to an income change. To do so, submit a 2021-2022 Income Appeal, which is available on the Financial Aid Forms webpage.

I have outstanding charges on my student account. Will this grant be reduced by those charges?

If you receive payment from HEERF Phase II, it will be paid in its entirety to you. You will need to pay your outstanding charges separately because they will not be deducted from your aid payment amount.

If you receive payment from non-HEERF funding, your aid payment may be reduced by your outstanding balance before being paid to you.

What about international students and undocumented students?

If you are not eligible to file for federal financial aid, you may be eligible to receive an emergency aid payment from non-federal sources that CSULB has made available.

I'm a newly admitted student starting in fall 2021. Am I eligible to receive an aid payment?

No. The grant funding is intended for degree-seeking students enrolled in at least 1 unit in spring 2021.

However, if you or your family’s financial situation significantly changed due to the COVID-19 circumstances (such as loss of employment), you may be eligible to apply for re-evaluation based on your current income. To do so, submit a 2021-2022 Income Appeal, which is available on the Financial Aid Forms webpage.

Are students who withdrew from classes eligible?

Aid payment eligibility and amounts were determined based on each student’s enrollment status as of February 17, 2021. Students who withdrew prior to that date will not receive payments as part of the HEERF Phase II emergency aid distribution.  Students that attended classes through February 17, 2021 and subsequently withdrew will receive a HEERF Phase II emergency aid payment.

Are visiting students eligible?

Only students who were enrolled in degree-granting programs at CSULB and were registered in at least 1 unit in spring 2021 as of February 17, 2021 are eligible to receive emergency aid payments. Visiting students are not eligible to receive emergency aid payments from CSULB’s grant, but should check with their home institutions to determine their eligibility for emergency aid.

Why didn't I receive any aid payment information yet?

We were able to confirm aid payment eligibility and amounts for most of our students already and will notify them the week of April 5 to expect payment soon. We are still working to verify eligibility and aid amounts for a small population of students for whom we did not have eligibility information already on file.

Who should I contact if I have further questions?

We are processing aid payments as quickly as possible, and we hope that your payment notification email will answer any additional questions you have.

For additional questions about the HEERF Phase II emergency aid payments, please contact the Division of Student Affairs.