CRRSAA Emergency Relief Grant

Last updated: June 25, 2021

  • What is CRRSAA?

    The CRRSAA authorized the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund II and directed institutions to use this new federal funding to provide direct emergency financial grants to students for expenses related to any component of their cost of attendance, including; tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health), and childcare. Unlike the CARES Act, the CRRSAA Act requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who (have or do) receive Pell Grants. UCSF distributed HEERF II funding starting spring 2021.

    This funding program is separate from the one authorized in the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. (UCSF Cares Act is listed here.)

  • Eligibility for CRRSAA Funding Through HEERF II (Who is Eligible?)
    To establish eligibility for funding at UCSF, students were required to complete the 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to accurately determine financial need. UCSF Student Financial Services (SFS) established the COVID CRRSAA grants to make direct awards to eligible graduate students with exceptional need. Awards are based on exceptional financial need components that can include; being an undergraduate Pell Grant recipient or, having a zero Expected Family Contribution/EFC with a total budget greater than $87,000, or having any outstanding (federal/university) student loans.
  • COVID CRRSAA Grant (How much will eligible student receive?)

    A total of 1,889 students will receive awards of of $600 each, totaling $1,133,400 in emergency student grant funding. (Note: UCSF made the decision to allocate its intuitional CRRSAA funding portion (of $699,102) to also be used for student emergency grants. Additionally, UCSF added $320 of its own funds to its last emergency grant so that the final student award would also total $600 instead of $280.

    If you have not received your funds by June 30, please contact SFS. In the meantime, please sign-up for direct deposit.

    According to HEERF II guidelines, Dream Scholars and Institutional Students are not eligible for this funding.

  • Refunding Timeline and Processing (When will eligible students receive award?)
    To date, eligible students had their grants disbursed through the SFS Portal and/or the Office of Registrar Direct Payment Portal. CRRSAA student emergency grants are paid to students directly and are not applied to any outstanding student account balances. Students enrolled in direct deposit had their awards placed in their banking account, while others had a check mailed to their local addresses.
  • Why didn’t I receive a CRRSAA Emergency Student Grant?
    If you are ineligible for a CRRSAA Emergency Relief Grant, and if you or your family were significantly affected by issues associated with the COVId-19 pandemic, we may be able to help you with other basic-need resources. For more information, please contact SFS directly.
  • How much CRRSAA Emergency Relief Grant aid were awarded to UCSF for student grants and to how many students is this being distributed?
    • UCSF received a total of $433,978 in Emergency Federal Financial Aid Grant Aid to be awarded to eligible, needy students. Additionally, UCSF is also using its institutional CRRSAA portion of $699,102 for student grants as well. And, finally, UCSF will add $320 of its own funds so that the final student emergency grant totals $600 instead of $280. A total of $1,133,400 will be awarded in CRRSAA Emergency Student Relief Grants to 1,889 students.
    • The number of registered students in spring 2020 was estimated at 3,140.
    • Of registered students, 2,418 met the CRRSAA eligibility criteria.
    • The projected number of CRRSAA recipients is 1,889 and represents 60% of ALL students registered in spring 2021 (3,140).
    • The projected number of CRRSAA recipients is 1,889 and represents 78% of registered students meeting eligibility criteria (2,418).
    • Number of emergency grants distributed to students (100 % as of June 25, 2021): 1,889 out of 1,889.