Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information


Last updated 8/24/2021     Go to Federal Aid Summary Page

American Recovery Plan (ARP) Act & Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III)

The U.S. government provided emergency funding to colleges and universities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ARP Act provides funds similar to the CARES Act and was enacted to provide a third round of emergency funding. All three of these acts extended Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF).

Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding

On May 17, 2021, Chico State University received $27,780,710 in ARPA Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. An additional award of $3,371,003 was received on August 3, 2021 as a minority-serving institution (MSI). At this time, we are planning to assist students with emergency grant funding in the 2021–22 academic year. Details on eligibility and how this aid will be distributed has not yet been determined.

Higher Education Institutional Portion Funding

ARPA Institutional Portion funds in the amount of $27,514,807 were also awarded on May 17, 2021. These funds were combined with the second round of HEERF funding, called the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA). Please see Institutional Portion Funding(opens in new window) website to see how the combined funds are being spent by Chico State.

Please refer to the Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reports linked on our Federal Aid Summary Page(opens in new window) for more details on the breakdown of these expenditures.

To help our campus discover areas in need of funding and determine the most effective use of a portion of the ARPA award, we accepted Institutional Use HEERF Funding Requests from faculty, staff and organizations associated with our university. We received over 100 proposals totaling almost $24 million. A committee representing all areas of campus reviewed the proposals extensively, extended recommendations to the university president and Cabinet, and awardees were notified in early August. Over 40 proposals were awarded adding up to nearly $9 million. A breakdown of the funding categories is shown below:

HEERF Proposal Awards - August 2021
Small Class Size$2,500,000
Classroom Technology$1,737,880
Minor Improvements$1,160,784
Student Academic Support   $887,763
Faculty/Student Research   $619,905
COVID-Related Safety   $316,746
Student Mental Health Support   $231,300
Course/ Curriculum Development    $94,000
Employee Services & Training$45,194
Student Financial Support *$12,110
GRAND TOTAL$8,828,654

*This is in addition to over $52 million awarded to students through emergency grants.

All projects that were awarded funds were carefully vetted for compliance with the federal stimulus legislation and Department of Education guidance. We appreciate the time and effort put into preparing and reviewing all proposals, and look forward to the positive impacts this funding will have on our campus.

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