Dear SDSU Community,

We are pleased to share that San Diego State University received $45.9 million as part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II).

Of the $45.9 million awarded, $14.6 is available, and has been distributed, as emergency funds directly to our students.  

This week, following California State University and U.S. Department of Education guidelines, our university has already disbursed funding to all students who are currently eligible.

The U.S. Department of Education requires students to meet title IV eligibility to receive this funding. More information about this eligibility and the disbursement process is below.

Eligibility and the Disbursement Process

SDSU has already contacted all eligible students, determined as having a FAFSA on file; undergraduate and graduate students, based on eligibility, received $500 to $750 each.

Funding has been distributed to SDSU and SDSU Imperial Valley students in the following ways:

  • Students who filed a FAFSA: These students are eligible for federal aid and have automatically received funding. More than 68% of SDSU students fell into this category.

  • Students without a FAFSA on file: If you did not receive funding and believe you meet the Title IV eligibility requirements, we ask that you immediately complete the FAFSA form online so that it can be reviewed for your eligibility for HEERF II disbursement. Students who wish to newly file for FAFSA will need to check their AidLink account for information regarding their eligibility.

Unfortunately, as outlined in the federal funding guidelines, HEERF II does not provide emergency funds for international students, international exchange participants, or those who are recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

However, SDSU is committed to the success of all our students. To that end, SDSU has made additional support funds available through the Economic Crisis Response Team (ECRT) to expand available financial support to students in these categories. These funds, and other funding available to ECRT, will provide additional emergency grants to students experiencing extreme financial hardship due to the ongoing pandemic. These grants can be used to help any student with food, housing, course materials, tuition, technology, health care, child care, or other financial expenses. Students are encouraged to reach out to ECRT for more information.

Protect Your Personal Information and Data

We would also like to take this time to remind all members of our community about the importance of protecting personal and university information and data, including your RedID, university passwords, banking information and social security numbers.

All members of our community are required to activate Duo Multi-Factor Authentication by March 5. Duo will add an extra layer of security protection, and without it you will not be able to access Gmail, Google Drive, Google Calendar, and various other Google applications Please note, University Senate policy reinforces that email using Google is how the SDSU communicates with students, inclusive of financial aid related communications. Step by step instructions for Duo enrollment are available online.

In Closing

While we are grateful for this federal funding, we also understand support is not limited to financial needs. As a reminder, SDSU offers assistance through a wide-range of support services for our entire campus community.

Adela de la Torre, Ph.D.
San Diego State University President

Agnes Wong Nickerson, MBA
Interim Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs and Chief Financial Officer

J. Luke Wood, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity


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