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. The majority of the allocation ($14,280,290) was awarded and disbursed as of March 4, 2021. A total of 11,812 eligible students received emergency grants through this program.

As of June 30, 2021, SF State has $82,664 in CRRSAA funds. These funds will be distributed to the students along with the new allocation under the ARP program.

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. 

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

  $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)





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 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 June 30, 2021.