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Student Financial Resources

Information on financial help for students, including emergency aid related to COVID-19.

August 9, 2021

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Students may have their FAFSA file reviewed for Special Circumstances if they or their families have experienced changes to income due to COVID-19. 
  • Several donor-supported emergency funds are available for eligible students.
  • Work study jobs are available.
  • Forbearance for loan repayments may be available to those experiencing financial hardships.
  • HSU has allocated over $10 million in emergency funds to HSU students through the HIgher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) which was established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
  • Additional emergency funding may be available in the future. 

The FAFSA for the 2021-22 year is based on 2019 income, however due to COVID-19 many students or their families may be experiencing changes which are not represented by their 2019 information.

The Financial Aid Office at HSU offers a re-evaluation process known as “Special Circumstances.” This process allows Financial Aid counselors to analyze the new information and determine if there could be a change in the student’s financial aid eligibility. Special Circumstances requests are not limited to COVID-19 related situations; however, we understand that many families may have circumstances related to these current events.

If you or your family has experienced a death of a spouse or parent, loss of income, an increase in medical bills, or other hardships because of the COVID-19 outbreak, may qualify for a re-evaluation of your financial aid offer.

Visit the Financial Aid website for more information about hardships and financial changes.

Emergency Funding Sources

The following emergency funds are available to support students:

Student Adversity Fund

This fund helps students who are facing unexpected situations or emergencies that could derail their education. Please email the Financial Aid Office at if you are experiencing hardship.

Overcoming Barriers to Health

This fund is to help cover unexpected health expenses. To request support from Overcoming Barriers to Health, please contact

Dreamer Adversity Fund

This fund is specific to supporting HSU California Dream Act students. To request support for Dreamer students, email

Federal Work Study Jobs

Federal work study jobs are available. If you did not receive Federal Work Study as part of your financial aid package, contact the Financial Aid Office at or 707-826-4321 to see if you are eligible.

Loan Repayment

If you’re concerned about your studies or loan repayment, we can help you understand what to do in certain circumstances. 

Contact us by email at, or by phone at 707-826-4321, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. 

More information about Coronavirus and forbearance info is available on the Federal Student Aid website.

Emergency Support Funds

Since the COVID-19 national emergency began, Humboldt State University has allocated over $10 million in emergency funds to HSU students through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), which was established by the CARES Act.  

Please continue to monitor the Financial Aid website for updates on any future Emergency funding.


Financial Aid Services Availability

We are currently open to the public on weekdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on the second floor of the Student Business Services building.

Phone services are also available weekdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m. You can reach us at (707) 826-4321 or Toll-Free: (866) 255-1390  

We are always available by email at Emails are managed Monday–Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Financial Aid Counseling drop-ins are available weekdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. You can speak with a counselor in person during our face-to-face hours; over the phone; or by Zoom.