CoVID-19 Related QUESTION
Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) (P.L. 116-260), HEERF Act
HEERF II Disbursement
Q: I am a student who received an emergency grant under Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) (P.L. 116-260) for unexpected expenses, unmet financial need, or expenses related to the disruption of campus operations on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. Does this grant count as gross income?
Q: I received an emergency grant under the HEERF Act and used some of it to pay for course materials that are now required for online learning because my college or university campus is closed. Can I claim a tuition and fees deduction for the cost of these materials, or treat the cost of these materials as a qualifying education expense for purposes of claiming the American Opportunity Credit or the Lifetime Learning Credit?
Change in Financial Circumstances
Document Delivery to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
A: Please do not send documents via fax or email. Your personal information is at risk. Instead, upload documents using the secure document upload feature on AidLink. Please upload PDF documents if possible. You can use free apps such as CamScanner or Scannable to scan documents using your smartphone. Alternatively, you may also send documents by mail (or to our office drop box) Be sure to provide the student's Red ID on all documents.
San Diego State University
Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7436
A: According to the U.S. Department of Education, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) became law, providing relief on ED-owned federal student loans: suspension of loan payments, stopped collections on defaulted loans, and a 0% interest rate as temporary relief. As of January 20, 2021, 0% student loan interest rate and suspension of payments on federal student loans through the Department of Education have been extended through at least September 30, 2021. Students can still make payments (with their loan servicer) if they choose.
Please refer to StudentAid.gov/coronavirus for the latest updates.
A: To provide relief to student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 emergency, federal student loan borrowers were automatically placed in an administrative forbearance, which allows you to temporarily stop making your monthly loan payments. This was active for loans as of March 13, 2020 through at least September 30, 2021 (latest extension). This may not be applicable for federal loans that were delinquent or in default prior to March 13, 2020. For information on the status of a delinquent or defaulted federal loan, please contact your loan servicer.
If you do not know who your servicer is or how to contact them, visit the Student Aid website or call at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243; TTY for the deaf or hearing-impaired 1-800-730-8913) for assistance.
Work Study Employment
A: As long as you were working before the closure and have not reached your FWS maximum award limit and as long as your department still has funding. Check with the supervisor in your area.
A: Yes, if your department has work that you can do from home. Check in with the supervisor in your area.
A: Yes, students will need to log their hours in PeopleSoft and supervisors will continue to approve the hours in PeopleSoft on the same timeline.
A: If you are a student, supervisor or a FWS Coordinator, please send your question(s) by email to [email protected]
A: You may obtain your Tax Return Transcript online at www.irs.gov If you are unable to obtain them using the on-line tool, then you must download Form 4506-T from the IRS website. This is a form you mail in to the IRS to request your Tax Return Transcript or Verification of Nonfiling Letter to be mailed to you.
A: Visit the SDSU Student Financial Center. We can help you with questions related to financial aid, scholarships and student accounts. The center is open M-F 9:00 to 5:00 PST. The link is available at SDSU.edu/financial aid.