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  • COVID-19 Update: Campus open to public Monday through Friday, 9AM-12PM and 2PM-5PM.

     

    As of July 6, campus services are available in person and in remote format. Visitors must follow the signs to health screening upon arrival.

CARES Act: Emergency Funding

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for Higher Education provided institutions of higher education Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) to assist with costs incurred due to COVID-19. 

One half of the allocated funds are to be used as direct grants to students to provide emergency relief aid for hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

500 Emergency Aid applications have been received, and we are likely at the threshold of available funds. If more funds become available, the application will be reopened, and all eligible students will be notified.

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    What expenses can these funds be used for?

    These funds can be used to help pay for cost of attendance needs such as food, housing, childcare, health care, course materials, technology, tuition assistance, and other critical needs.

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    How can I receive funding?

    CSU Pueblo will distribute the HEERF dollars to students in a multi-pronged approach, splitting the dollars between Immediate Relief disbursements to all eligible students, and an Emergency Aid Program to students who make application for additional funds.

    To provide prompt assistance to as many eligible students as possible, 90% of the students HEERF dollars are allocated to the Immediate Relief Fund. CSU Pueblo identified eligible students (per ED guidance) using a combination of need and spring 2020 enrolled credit hours. Eligible students will receive funding as early as Friday, May 8, 2020. No application is needed for this disbursement.

    An electronic application is available on this page for the Emergency Aid Program and will be emailed to students with instruction soon.  All submitted applications will be reviewed within 2-3 business days and you will be notified of any award via CSU Pueblo issued student emails.

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    Who is eligible to receive the Immediate Relief disbursements?

    Students are eligible if they meet the following *criteria:

    • Degree Seeking and enrolled at CSU Pueblo on March 13, 2020
    • Have completed a FAFSA (or are eligible to complete a FAFSA), regardless of financial aid status
    • Are a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Alien Resident
    • Have a valid Social Security Number
    • Received a high school diploma or GED
    • Male students MUST be registered with Selective Service

    Students may be asked to provide documentation to prove eligibility.

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    What is the maximum award?

    A calculation was performed to produce equitable and fair disbursements to all students who qualify for the Immediate Relief Fund. The average award for undergraduate students is $558.21, and $458.80 for graduate students. Below is the awarding structure used by CSU Pueblo:

    Undergraduate Students

    EFC Range

     $ Per Credit

    0-2500

     $            55.00

    2501-5576

     $            45.00

    5577-15000

     $            35.00

    15001 and up

     $            25.00

    No EFC

     $            25.00

    Post-Bachelor Degree Students

    EFC Range

     $ Per Credit

    0-2500

     $            65.00

    2501-5576

     $            55.00

    5577-15000

     $            45.00

    15001 and up

     $            35.00

    No EFC

     $            35.00

    *EFC range is the Estimated Family Contribution from the students’ 2019-2020 FAFSA submitted to CSUP.

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    Who can receive Emergency Aid Program funds?

    Students who meet the criteria for the Immediate Relief Fund and can demonstrate additional financial hardship due to the COVID 19 pandemic related to their educational needs may make application for Emergency Aid Program funds.

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    How will the funds for Emergency Aid Program be determined?

    Emergency Aid Program funds will disburse based on the need category in which the student is seeking assistance. All awards are based on the Cost of Attendance categories used by CSU Pueblo, with guidance from the Colorado Department of Education. Need categories and dollar amounts for awards is below:

    Funding Category

    Award Per Application

    Housing

    $1,716

    Food

    $906

    Medical

    $200

    Technology

    $550

    Childcare

    $936

    While it is encouraged for students to prioritize their needs and limit their selection to one need category on the Emergency Aid application, students who have experienced extreme financial hardship are eligible to apply for a maximum of two funding categories.

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    How will funds be distributed?

    Funds will be distributed through the regular CSU Pueblo refund process. Students will receive funds based on the refund preference selected (direct deposit, or personal check to pick up at the Cashier’s Office or to be mailed to the address on file).

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    Can I use the funds to pay my spring bill?

    Students can use any funds disbursed to pay any outstanding balance at CSU Pueblo; however, all funds will be initially issued as a refund to the student.  Once you receive your refund, you can use the funds to pay through your PAWS account or by contacting our Cashier at 719-549-2131.

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    Are online students eligible for the funds?

    Students registered in an exclusively online program are not eligible for either funding program under HEERF.

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    What if I don’t meet the criteria but still have financial hardship?

    Students who do not meet the criteria to receive funds but have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19 are still encouraged to apply, and may be eligible for assistance via the CSU Pueblo Foundation.

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Get Ready for Fall 2020

Cross-campus plans have been developed that allow for in-person, hybrid, and online class experiences that will help you to tailor your schedule in a flexible way that meets your personal needs.

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