Student leadership at CSUB donated $25,000 to students who were not eligible for CARES Act

Posted at 7:40 PM, May 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-11 22:40:39-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Associated Students, Incorporated at California State University, Bakersfield has donated $25,000 to students who were not eligible to receive support from the federal government through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Students the association is looking to assist include Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals students, international students and students without federal financial aid documents on file, according to a news release from CSUB.

The California State University system received more than $262 million to allocate to students under the CARES Act. Of that, $6.8 million will support CSUB students. Another $6.8 million will allow CSUB to cover the costs of the transition to alternative forms of instructional delivery and replace a portion of the revenue lost from student housing and parking refunds.

Full-time students enrolled in the Spring 2020 semester as of May 4 are receiving emergency aid of $320, $800 or $1,100, depending on level of need. The grant is pro-rated for part-time students. The CARES Act provides strict guidance to colleges and universities on how to determine Title IV eligibility, including the level of student need, Pell Grant eligibility and other indicators.

Funds are being distributed now, and should be entirely disbursed this week. All students will receive their grant in one check or direct deposit.