Cares Act Information

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

Awarded Spring 2021

San José State University has received new funding through the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund and the State of California to provide one-time, automatic grants to eligible students enrolled during the Spring 2021 semester.  

Students who are eligible to receive automatic, one-time grants include those who: 

  • Filed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or CA Dream Act and awarded prior to February 25, 2021
  • Have an annual Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $10,000 or lower, as calculated through the 2020 - 2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or CA Dream Act forms
    • EFC is based on academic year calculation.  You can confirm your EFC on your financial aid application.
    • If you were admitted for the Spring 2021 semester your cost of attendance, EFC and financial aid were adjusted to reflect one semester eligibility
  • Are currently enrolled and matriculated (degree-seeking) SJSU undergraduate or graduate students
  • Are part-time or full-time students
  • Are participating in in-person or fully on-line programs
  • Are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or eligible undocumented students as defined in Assembly Bill 540. 

HEERF II Reporting
Information about the university’s use of the HEERF II, as required by the Department of Education, is available below.

Spring 2021 Awarding [pdf]

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Cares Act

Awarded Spring 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by the U.S. government in March 2020 to allocate financial support through several areas. As part of the CARES Act, the Department of Education created the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). SJSU is a beneficiary of $14.4 million in funding from HEERF to give payments to students to help with expenses related to the COVID-19 emergency. 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.

For additional information go to SJSU Cares.

Cares Act Reporting
Information about the university’s use of the HEERF grant, as required by the Department of Education, is available below.

Academic Year 2019-2020 [pdf] [pdf]
Academic Year 2020-2021 [pdf] [pdf]

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by the U.S. government in March to allocate financial support through several areas. As part of the CARES Act, the Department of Education created the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). SJSU is a beneficiary of $20.8 million in funding from HEERF to give payments to students to help with expenses related to the COVID-19 emergency.

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.