Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information

Higher Ed Emergency Relief Funds

The US government has provided emergency funding to colleges and universities through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A significant portion was allocated specifically for emergency financial aid grants to students, in addition to assisting with the institutional costs of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Student and Institutional Federal Aid

To date, three federal relief bills have provided an opportunity for Chico State students and programs to receive federal aid: 

  • Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
  • Coronavirus Response & Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act
  • American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act

The University has opted to supplement this aid with campus funds to ensure all students in need, even those who do not qualify for federal aid, are able to receive funds.

Learn about how Chico State has distributed the HEERF aid in support of students and the institutional mission.

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 posted on the ARPA page(opens in new window).

The following reports fulfill the Quarterly Public Reporting Requirement for HEERF I, II, and III Section (a)(1) Institutional Portion and Section (a)(2) Minority-Serving Institution awards:

HEERF Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report 09/30/20 (PDF)
HEERF Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report 12/31/20 (PDF)
HEERF Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report 03/31/21 (PDF)
HEERF Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report 06/30/21 (PDF)
HEERF Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report 09/30/21 (PDF)

CSU Guidance on Institutional Use HEERF funding(opens in new window)