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COVID-19 Updates

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III allocations for students

Sept. 22, 2021


Dear Campus Community, 

I am pleased to share some really good news benefiting our students.

Through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) — part of the federal American Rescue Plan passed in spring 2021 — the campus received its third allocation of funding to help provide financial assistance to students for costs resulting from the pandemic, such as  tuition, food, housing, health care or child care. I am particularly delighted to share the news that the guidelines were changed allowing us to offer this assistance to all eligible students, including our international and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students.

Fresno State received approximately $46 million, and of that amount, we will award approximately $23 million in financial grants for fall 2021 and another $23 million in spring 2022.

Our goal is to distribute this money as quickly as possible to students to help them continue their educational pursuits without additional barriers. With this award, students are not required to have completed a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or CADAA (California Dream Act Application) but must be enrolled in a financial aid eligible program.

Eligible students will shortly receive an email message outlining award categories and timeline for disbursement of funds.

For more information, visit the Financial Aid website. Questions may be directed to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at or by calling 559.278.2182. In addition, the office’s website includes a chat function for communicating directly with financial aid personnel.

I wish you continued good health and wellness. May these financial resources provide you additional support in achieving a successful fall semester.

Best regards,

Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, Ph.D.