Fresno State CARES Emergency Grant Program

The CSU Cares Program offers emergency grants for CSU students experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While Undocumented Students are not eligible for aid through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, the campus has allocated other funding sources to provide emergency financial grants to students.

 

Who is eligible?

  • Must be currently enrolled for Spring 2020 in a degree program and not enrolled in a completely online program as of March 13, 2020
  • Must meet requirements for CA Assembly Bill 540

What can the grant fund?

The CARES emergency financial grants are designed to support student expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These expenses may include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child-care expenses. Funds will not apply to any balance you have on your student account.

How will grant amounts be determined?

For students who submitted a CA Dream Application, grants will be based on each student’s financial need as determined by their Expected Family Contribution (EFC). 

For AB540 students who did not submit a CA Dream Application, grants will be based on an assumed EFC of 1.

Low Income
Lowest Income: EFC = 0 (No Application necessary)
Unit Load Award
Less than Full-Time $700.00
Full-Time $1,400.00

 

Need
Some Financial Need: EFC Greater than 0(No Application necessary)

Unit Load Award
Less than Full-Time $325.00
Full-Time $625.00

 

Full time
Full-Time defined as:

Undergraduates, Credentials, and Certificate = 12+ Units
Graduate Students = 9+ units
When and How

How and when will students receive the grants?

CARES emergency financial grants are to be paid directly to students and cannot apply to any outstanding charges.  Grants will be disbursed to BankMobile in the same manner as all refunds to students.  Students should verify all information at BankMobile is up-to-date by going to the ‘BankMobile Refund Selection’ in your Student Self Service. We recommend selecting a bank account to avoid the wait time for a mailed check. 

Disbursement of grants will begin the week of May 4th. 

How can I apply?

No application is required.