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The CARES Act Grant at San José State University provides temporary, short-term, emergency financial assistance to eligible students who are experiencing an unforeseen hardship that could adversely affect their educational success. The main criteria for a grant are the demonstration of a genuine need and that the capacity for continued study may be in jeopardy due to financial hardship. 


Minimum Eligibility Criteria for students who may be eligible to receive CARES Act funds include those who: 

  • Filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form prior to March 13, 2020 (for this current 2019-2020 academic year)
  • Are currently enrolled (Spring 2020) and matriculated (degree-seeking) undergraduate and graduate students
  • Were enrolled in a primarily on-campus degree program
  • Are part-time or full-time students
  • Are U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Experiencing unexpected financial hardship from COVID-19

To prioritize rapid support of students in need, SJSU will deliver automatic initial grants (no request required) to students who meet the eligibility criteria and have a 2019-2020 Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $10,000 or lower, as calculated through the FAFSA process. Students with the lowest EFCs will receive the highest initial grant awards. 

Students with an EFC over $10,000 experiencing unexpected financial hardship resulting from COVID-19 should Submit a Grant Request by Friday, May 15, 2020 (the form will be closed afterward). Thank you to those who completed it by our priority deadline by May 5th.

If you have submitted information already, we have it and won't be able to reply to individual inquiries at this time.



Contribute: If you know someone who would like to contribute to the SJSU Cares Student Crisis Support Fund, please have them donate here.