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Cal State Fullerton​​

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“Ensuring support and resources for students who may not have the financial means to continue their education is the goal of Cal State Fullerton, and our job is to secure any available funding to help them complete their education. We used almost $3.6 million in one-time discretionary dollars to pay down spring balances.”— Jessica Barco, director of Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid is quickly distributing state and federal emergency funds so students won’t have to pause their graduation dates during an ongoing pandemic.

946. That’s the number of students who were able to continue their education at Cal State Fullerton this spring despite fears of disenrollment due to a lack of funds to sufficiently pay down their balances in time for the spring payment deadlines.

Through the efforts of dedicated staff members in the Office of Financial Aid, one-time discretionary funding was used to help pay down these balances so 946 students could continue their progress toward graduation.

The example above tells only part of the story. The Office of Financial Aid has a team dedicated to supporting and meeting student needs. They work and collaborate with partners throughout campus to better serve students. Under the leadership of senior administrators, they strive toward persistence and retention for all students.

To help support student success, the Office of Financial Aid continues to provide additional resources throughout the pandemic. This includes consideration of additional potential funding for students whose income was affected by the pandemic. Recently, the department also issued $700 grants to almost 3,100 students as part of a California Emergency Grant one-time funding issued under the Budget Act of 2021. The first round of $2.1 million was awarded on Feb. 2. There was also $118 million awarded and disbursed in federal, state and institutional financial aid to more than 23,000 students on the first disbursement of spring, in time for the spring payment deadlines in January. In early March, students who were new to CSUF in fall 2021 will have received $11 million through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding III.

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