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, the American Rescue Plan and the OSU Foundation — is providing emergency funding to help students through these difficult times.
On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) was signed into law providing additional funding through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERFIII) III. This funding is now available to institutions of higher education (IHEs) to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic. The emergency aid request form for Summer is closed. The request form will be posted again in Fall 2021.
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.
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.
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.