Federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA)

What is the Federal CRRSAA?

The U.S. government provided emergency funding to colleges and universities in response to the COVID pandemic. This webpage outlines how the campus has utilized these funds in support of students and the institutional mission. The CRRSAA provided the second round of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF). To find more information about the Federal CARES funds, which provided the first round of funding, please visit the CSU CARES page. The latest round of HEERF funding is called the American Rescue Plan (ARP). For more information, please visit the ARP site.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Results

San Francisco State University received $14,362,954 in CRRSAA Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under the same Certification and Agreement with the U.S. Department of Education signed for the CARES Act.

Who is eligible?

Currently enrolled SF State undergraduate, graduate and professional students who are eligible to receive federal financial aid and exhibit exceptional need as of February 22, 2021, may be considered for emergency grants funded by HEERF. Per federal guidance, students with exceptional need, as determined by Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) were awarded.

Group 1

This chart details how funds were distributed based on enrollment and EFC for domestic students:

  $0 to $1000 $1001 to $4000 $4001 to $8000

Full time (12 or more credits)




Three Quarter time (9-11 credits)




Half time (6-8 credits)




Less than half time (1-5 credits)




Group 2

International students who were displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic did not receive an automatic grant award but were able to apply for funds of $500 to $1,000. (See the section on applying for additional funds below.)

SF State remains committed to finding opportunities for funding for students who are not eligible for HEERF funds. Communications will be sent to students as opportunities arise.

What can the grants fund?

HEERF grant awards are designed to support student expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These expenses might include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child-care expenses. Grants will be disbursed electronically to student banking accounts or via check. Students can choose to utilize the grant funds to pay current or future university charges but that is at the student’s discretion.

What were the grant amounts?

Grant amounts vary by campus and by student, depending on campus resources and student circumstances. However, grant awards provided via HEERF dollars will not be restricted by cost of attendance ceilings and will also not be counted against a student’s future financial aid award.

How were HEERF grant amounts determined at San Francisco State?

Grant amounts were based on each student’s documented financial need and in proportion to the financial difficulty faced as a result of COVID-19. To be eligible for HEERF funds, students must have demonstrated financial need per the FAFSA, CADAA or HEERF for International Student Application. Eligible domestic students were then divided into three categories, as was done for CARES grant awarding. Displaced international students were placed into two categories: Displaced international students who demonstrated financial need per documentation submitted with application, or, Displaced international students who demonstrated exceptional financial need per documentation submitted with application.

How could I have applied for additional funds?

Group 1 students, who are eligible for federal student aid,were automatically awarded HEERF funds. Eligible students in Group 2 were emailed a “HEERF Funds Application” link. The application was available July 16, 2021. For priority consideration, grant applications had to be received by July 25, 2021. Awards of $500 to $1,000 were made based on the COVID-19 expenses incurred. The campus notified priority applicants of a decision by August 9, 2021.

Students were asked to describe the expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic for which they were seeking support. These may include items such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care. They must also briefly describe any financial hardship they are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students who have questions about the application process should contact the Financial Aid Office.

How long will it take to receive HEERF funds?

We know these are times of great need. We are working very hard to disburse eligible students’ awards as quickly as possible. Eligible students had automatic grants applied to their student account on March 4. Funds are disbursed via direct deposit for those who have previously designated their bank information for this purpose. Once posted in the student account, direct deposit funds are normally received in the student’s bank account in three business days. Students who have not signed up for direct deposit will receive a check in the mail. Allow at least 10 business days for receipt of checks. Wells Fargo will cash this check at no charge for students who do not have a bank account. Students who see an award posted but have not received the funds after these time periods should contact the Bursar’s Office.

For additional information on the Federal CARES Act, please visit the CSU Cares page.

Are these funds taxable?

According to guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, HEERF funds are not taxable. They will not be reported on your 1098-T. Learn more about the 1098-T at the Bursars website.

What if I need additional emergency food or housing crisis support?

We understand that the pandemic has caused a lot of financial strain. We are here to support you. Please visit the Basic Needs website for information regarding emergency food and shelter assistance available through our Basic Needs Initiative.

For information on the Institutional Portion of the CARES, CRRSAA and ARP programs, please visit the CSU CARES page.

Reporting: CRRSAA Student Fund Reporting as of September 30, 2021. All funds disbursed.