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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
  • America 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.

The American Rescue Plan Act, signed into law in March 2021, also includes aid for students. Chico State has not yet received our grant awards, but we expect the student aid allocation to assist students with funding in the 2021–22 academic year. Details on eligibility and how this aid will be distributed will be forthcoming.