Covid Relief Funds for Students

Updates on HEERF CARES, CRRSAA and ARPA funds available to students affected by the pandemic.

Update: Distribution of CARES/CRRSAA/ARP Funds (6/30/21)

Supplemental Covid relief grants from the U.S. Department of Education made possible by Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) are now available to Oxy financial aid recipients affected by the pandemic. The CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional financial need. Because of the continuing uncertainty about the future of the pandemic, we distributed approximately 50% of the available funds in Spring 2021 and will distribute 50% in Fall 2021.

Occidental received $737,337 for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CARES Act and  received another $737,337 for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CRRSSA Act. Occidental is also eligible to receive $1,876,622 for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the recently approved ARP Act.

During the Spring 2020 semester Occidental distributed $500,767 of CARES funds to 362 Pell recipients and $180,174 to 169 non-Pell recipients, for a total distribution of $680,941.

During the Spring 2021 semester the balance of CARES student grant funds of $56,396 was distributed and $374,906 of the CRRSAA student grant funds was distributed as of June 30, 2021. $324,000 was distributed to 324 Pell recipients and $107,302 was distributed to 163 non-Pell recipients. The balance of CRRSAA funds available is $362,431 and the balance of ARP funds available is $1,876,622

As was the case with CARES grants last spring, CRRSAA grants were distributed in two ways:

  • All of Oxy’s high-need Pell recipients automatically received an $1,000 credit to their student account on Monday, March 15. Students received an email that same afternoon from Student Business Services with details about how we would refund their grant on March 19.
  • All other financial aid recipients can apply for a grant of up to $750 each that can be used for any part of their cost of attendance or to meet pandemic-related emergency costs as defined by the CRRSAA, including the cost of tuition, food, housing, health care, mental health care, child care, and technology. Students who received the automatic $1,000 credit are not eligible to apply for additional funding. The application is open now and will remain open until all funds are allocated.

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