HEERF Emergency Grants
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 was a beneficiary of nearly $28.8 million in funding from HEERF, including $14.4 million specifically 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. SJSU Cares managed the application process for student emergency grants, and the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office and Administration and Finance Division assisted with distribution.
To prioritize rapid support of students in need, SJSU delivered automatic initial grants (no request required) to students who meet the eligibility criteria and have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $10,000 or lower, as calculated through the FAFSA process. Grant funds were delivered through direct deposit or by mail, pending student confirmation of mailing address. Students with the lowest EFCs received the highest initial grant awards.
CARES Act Reporting
As required by the Department of Education, information about the university’s use of the HEERF grant is publicly available.