COVID-19 Relief Funding Notifications

The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office sent undergraduate and graduate students awarded ARP (HEERF III) funding in March of 2022 the following message.

We hope that you and your family are safe and healthy. We know that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to bring immense hardship to the lives of our students and to our campus.

This message is to inform you that we are providing you with federal higher education emergency financial resources to assist with any unexpected costs that have arisen due to coronavirus. This is separate from and in addition to any previous federal higher education emergency financial resources you may have received in this or previous academic years.

Please review the “What does this mean?” section for more information about this funding.

Refund Processing

This funding will go directly to you; it will not apply to any outstanding balances you may have on your student account, and your 2021-22 financial aid awards will not be impacted. As this is not a financial aid award, it will not appear in the Awards section of CalCentral. Instead, you will be able to view the payment in the Transactions page of the My Finances section of CalCentral. Instead, you will be able to view the payment in the Transactions page of the My Finances section of CalCentral.

Refunds are processed within 5 business days of the funds posting to your student account. You will receive an email letting you know when your refund is available either via Direct Deposit or as a paper check that will be mailed.

What does this mean?

On March 11, 2021, the federal government signed the American Rescue Plan of 2021 (ARP) and provided over $36 billion in emergency funding to higher education institutions. Similar to the CARES Act and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), half of these funds must go directly to students in the form of emergency grants, with the requirement that institutions prioritize providing funding to students with exceptional need.

Your Financial Aid and Scholarships Office team consulted with campus partners, including the Division of Equity and Inclusion, the Graduate Division, student government leaders, and the Student Advocate’s Office to ensure relief funds are awarded and distributed in an equitable and inclusive way and in alignment with federal requirements. Our goal is to maximize all available sources of relief funding to award as many eligible students as possible, as quickly as possible. The majority of the emergency funding for students that UC Berkeley received from the ARP was disbursed to students in Fall 2021, and remaining funds are being disbursed to students in Spring 2022.

Additional Resources

We know this is not a solution to address potential longer term impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on your family’s financial situation, but rather one that allows us to address immediate needs based on your current 2021-22 FAFSA. We are here to support you so that a change in your family’s financial circumstances does not become a roadblock to your ability to pay for school. Our Family Contribution Appeal form for the 2022-23 academic year will open on May 1, 2022, and we encourage you to submit a Family Contribution appeal as soon as possible if your family’s current financial circumstances differ significantly from what was reported on your 2022-23 FAFSA. Before submitting an appeal, please review our Expected Family Contribution flyer to see if this is the right step for you.

You can find COVID-19 related financial aid service and support updates online, including the awarding guidelines for emergency funding.

Additional resources to address other COVID-19 related questions or concerns:
COVID-19 Resources and Support
Student Success Toolkit
Graduate Division’s COVID-19 Information page.

For additional support around your basic needs including food, housing and financial needs, please visit the UC Berkeley Basic Needs Center website. The Basic Needs Center acts as a central hub to support students in their journey to access essential services that impact health, belonging, and overall well-being.

If you have questions, please do not reply to this email; the email address from which this message was sent is unmonitored. Please contact us at:

Cal Student Central:

Please know that we are here to support you and stand in community with you during this incredibly challenging time. 


ARP (HEERF III) Funding Notifications
CRRSAA (HEERF II) Funding Notifications
CARES Act (HEERF I) Funding Notifications