Feb. 24, 2021

Dear Dolphins:

As we work through this difficult time together, please know that CSUCI remains committed to your educational success and holistic wellbeing. In an effort to support you within and beyond the classroom, I am pleased to share that CSUCI will be providing financial relief to our students.

How is the campus providing funding?

The federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) provides $22.7 billion for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) in addition to the initial HEERF funds provided in Summer-Fall 2020. Of this amount, over $20 billion is available to colleges and universities across the country for emergency grants to students for unanticipated financial strains created by the coronavirus. These emergency grants can be used to help pay for tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) and childcare. Students who meet basic eligibility criteria for federal student aid are eligible to receive these funds. 

The CSUCI Financial Aid & Scholarships office will use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data to determine student eligibility. Students with a 2020-2021 FAFSA on file as of March 5, 2021 will qualify. For students who are not eligible to receive CRRSAA Funding, you may receive emergency financial relief through other sources of institutional and state funding. The Dean of Students office will communicate directly with eligible international and undocumented students (non-AB540), regarding access to CSUCI CARES funds.

Frequently asked questions regarding available funding can be viewed by visiting: CARES HEERF II - Student Emergency Grants FAQs.

How will students receive financial relief?

HEERF II funds will begin to be distributed the week of March 15, 2021. You will receive your financial disbursement in the form of a check, which will be sent to the mailing address in your student account or as a Direct Deposit, if you are enrolled.  As such, please confirm your mailing address on file in your Student Center in CI Records through myCI as soon as possible and/or enroll for Direct Deposit.

Additional Campus Resources

While we hope that the financial assistance provided by the University will help, we understand that additional needs will likely continue.  Please note that our Basic Needs Program continues to operate and is available for CSUCI students.

Sincerely,
Toni DeBoni, J.D.
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs

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