Sources & Types of Aid

CARES Emergency Grant – Humboldt State University

Humboldt State University has been allocated $5,151,499 to grant directly to students to address emergency expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students who filed a FAFSA and are eligible for federal financial aid will automatically receive grants based on their EFC and enrollment status.  

Students who did not file a FAFSA, and who are US Citizens, can apply for funding here. We must verify your eligibility for federal financial aid in order to receive a CARES grant.

Students who filed a California Dream Act Application are not eligible for CARES funding, but will automatically be receiving an emergency grant from institutional funds.  There is no need to apply for these grants, and they will be disbursed during the week of May 4.

International students and FAFSA-filers enrolled in the online Leadership Studies program, not eligible for CARES, were awarded Hardship Grants.


Amounts range from $500 to $1000 and will go directly to the student, even if charges are owed to the university.

Please find more information here: CARES Emergency Grant-FAQ


Financial Aid is considered any type of financial assistance a student receives for educational purposes whether it be from the federal and state governments or other sources. By filing a financial aid application, you are automatically considered for the following four basic types of aid such as:

  • Scholarships – based on financial need or merit and do not need to be repaid
  • Grants – based on financial need and do not need to be repaid
  • Work-study– based on financial need, must work on campus or in the community to earn aid
  • Loans – several types available, interest rates vary depending on type, all funds must be repaid

Most need-based aid is awarded on a first-come first-served basis, which is why it is important to submit an application on the first day it is available (October 1). Our office verifies your eligibility for these funds and we work hard to ensure that you are receiving the maximum amount of aid that you are eligible to receive based on factors such as financial need and dependency status (as determined by the Department of Education), citizenship status, residency status, academic program, class level, aid limits, and meeting satisfactory academic progress. The different types of aid come from several funding sources such as federal, state, institutional, and other as detailed below

Federal Aid


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Institutional Aid


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State Aid


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Other Sources Of Aid


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