Emergency Financial Support for OSU Students:

Federal and institutional aid for students.

Oregon State is here for you. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant financial hardship for many students, and the university — through the Federal Emergency Cares Act, CRRSAA Grants and the OSU Foundation — is providing emergency funding to help students through these difficult times. 


CRRSAA: Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act

On December 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) was signed into law.  On January 14, 2021 the U.S. Department of Education announced that the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERFII) II is now available to institutions of higher education (IHEs) to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.   

Students were able to apply for CRRSAA funds using the emergency aid application.  Funds were distributed to students in March 2021.  Applicants were prioritized by demonstrated exceptional need based on their current FAFSA application information.  Students received an email notifying them when they were awarded funds.


CRRSAA Eligibility

  • Undergraduate, graduate and certificate seeking students enrolled at any of our campuses, including Ecampus.
  • You must have a current FAFSA application on file.
  • Students will be prioritized by their level of need based on their FAFSA application.
  • Eligible expenses include all the components of a student's cost of attendance or emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care.
  • International students, DACA students, and undocumented students are not eligible for this funding.



Beavers Care Funds

In addition to the Federal emergency aid, Oregon State University is using Beavers Care funds from the OSU Foundation along with other institutional aid, to help students in financial need. To apply for this emergency aid please contact your college or the Office of Financial Aid.


The Federal CARES Act

OSU disbursed the entire student portion of the CARES Act to qualifying students in Spring 2020. We were able to help more than 3,000 students pay for food, housing, childcare course materials and other expenses.  We are now using institutional sources of funding in an effort to continue to support students.  

The Federal CARES Act provided emergency aid to help students cover additional expenses incurred from campus disruptions due to COVID-19. These may include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care.  OSU has now paid out all of the CARES Act funding it received for student support. Visit our CARES reporting page for details.