What is CIIS doing to help students who are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19? 

CIIS recognizes COVID-19’s impact on our students and is committed to supporting our students as much as possible during this difficult time.  We have and are currently creating processes that can help students financially during this time. 


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocates funds to support those affected by the pandemic and economic downturn. The Act includes several sources of funds for colleges and universities, including the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. CIIS will receive funds under this CARES Act to provide emergency grants to students for “expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, and childcare).” 

The CIIS CARES Act Emergency Grant Application can be found here.  The Priority Deadline is 05/08/2020, when all applications will be reviewed and funding distributed.  Note eligibility requirements as outlined by the federal government below.  As we are aware that specific populations will not meet eligibility criteria, we are looking into additional ways to financially support those students. 

Eligibility Criteria  

The federal government has set criteria for eligibility only to students who have already or are eligible to complete the FAFSA form. Federal guidelines have stated that students in online programs are not eligible for the grant. The amount of funding allocated to CIIS is fixed at $176,178. Students must be enrolled at CIIS during the Spring or Summer 2020 semesters and must show a loss of income or financial hardship due to COVID-19. Additional factors considered by the review committee may include student and/or family income, dependents, and fixed expenses. The request for emergency funding will be reviewed by a committee composed of representatives from the following offices: Financial Aid, Student Affairs, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Academic Affairs. Information disclosed will be kept confidential.  

Submission Information 

Please email your complete application to caresact@ciis.eduThe PRIOIRITY DEADLINE is 05/08/2020.  Note that it is very likely that all funds will be distributed at this time.  Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed only if money is leftover and distributed until the funding is exhausted. 


Recognizing the financial impact that COVID-19 is having on many students in our community, we have created a petition that allows students who currently hold CIIS account balances to request their Business Office Hold be temporarily lifted in order to register for Summer 2020 courses.   

Students with balances are normally eligible to register for courses only after establishing payment plans with the Business Office. We recognize that this may not be possible at this time. Use this form to request an exception to this policy if your finances have been or may be impacted by COVID-19, and the shelter-in-place, industry cessations, and other measures used to address it. 

Students should submit the COVID-19 Hardship Form found here


Cash advance requests will be OPEN for the Summer 2020 semester effective April 1, 2020 at 12:15AM through June 5, 2020 at 11:45PM. 

Book voucher requests will be OPEN for the Summer 2020 semester for the following schools 
              SUS / ACTCM opens April 10, 2020 and closes April 24, 2020 

              SPPH/SCT opens May 7, 2020 and closes May 22, 2020 

You must meet the following requirements in order for your request to be considered: 

You must be a current financial aid recipient. 

You must NOT be a new student – you cannot receive a cash advance/book voucher during your first semester. 

You must be enrolled during the semester in which you want to receive the cash advance/book voucher. 

You HAVE NOT received a cash advance/book voucher for the semester you are applying for. 

The form can be found here

​All requests are still subject ​to review by Financial Aid.​  Please ​submit the form and do not contact the Business Office for such requests or inquiries.  All requests will have to go through Financial Aid ​for review f​irst and only upon the department's approval they will be forwarded to the Business Office for your cash advance check and book voucher number to be processed and released.  This whole process may take 5 to 7 business days. 

For further questions, please contact Financial Aid. 

Note: Paper forms will not be accepted (the only exception is for the specific Veterans Cash Advance & Book Voucher Form, which can be attained and sent back to Yunny Yip at yyip@ciis.edu). 


CIIS recognizes COVID-19’s impact on our students; as a result, Student Affairs & Student Union, with support from CIIS Administration and the Office of the President, have created a COVID-19 Fund to support students with a loss of income or financial hardship due to coronavirus.  Please find the Student Affairs & Student Union COVID-19 Grant Funding Request here.  The Priority Deadline is June 5, 2020 when all applications will be reviewed and funding distributed. 

Priority will be given to students not eligible for the federal CARES Act (including international students, DACA students, and students in online programs); individuals in great socio-economic disparity, from un(der)represented and undocumented populations, and from historically marginalized backgrounds; and students who did not receive CARES Act funding.  Grants can be used to help pay for expenses that include food, housing, technology, childcare, and more. 

The Student Affairs & Student Union COVID-19 Fund will grant a maximum request of $1500 per student.  Students must have been or be enrolled at CIIS for Spring 2020 or Summer 2020. 

The Student Affairs & Student Union COVID-19 Fund will be reviewed by a committee composed of representatives from the following offices: Student Affairs, Student Union, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Financial Aid, and Academic Affairs.  Information disclosed will be kept confidential.

Please email your completed application to studentaffairs@ciis.edu by the priority deadline is June 5, 2020.  Note that it is very likely that all funds will be distributed at this time.  Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed only if money is leftover and distributed until the funding is exhausted.

We hope that we can be a support to you during these uncertain times.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to Yunny at yyip@ciis.edu with any questions.

What external resources are available for students facing financial difficulties? 

*** CIIS curates and disseminates external financial resource information as a service to students and the CIIS community. Organizations are responsible for reporting information accurately, and CIIS cannot guarantee the completeness of such information. Listing by CIIS does not constitute an endorsement by CIIS nor representation of accuracy, authenticity, or other features by CIIS.  CIIS is not liable for any errors or omissions made in the compilation or distribution of this information, and expressly disclaims any and all responsibilities for problems that may arise with regard to such postings.  


To provide relief to student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency, federal student loan borrowers are automatically being placed in an administrative forbearance, which allows you to temporarily stop making your monthly loan payment. This suspension of payments will last until Sept. 30, 2020, but you can still make payments if you choose. Read the  borrower Q&As  to learn more: 



It’s a short application with a chance to receive $200. They state: “Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and are subject to approval and available funds.” 



As a community foundation, SVCF is positioned to meet the ongoing needs of our local communities and take on unexpected challenges, including response to the alarming spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. In recent weeks, SVCF has been closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation and working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation, local public health agencies, our community partners to prepare for a potential outbreak. 

SVCF is leading an effort with our other Bay Area philanthropic partners on a regional response to this public health crisis. Our  COVID-19 Coronavirus Regional Response Fund  provides the community an opportunity to help our region meet the developing challenges linked with COVID-19 Coronavirus. Funds from SVCF’s COVID-19 Coronavirus Regional Response Fund will support lead organizations representing each of the ten Bay Area counties and their immediate efforts in addressing COVID-19 related challenges in their respective counties.  



United Way is committed to standing with our communities and supporting those impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.  The fund will help vulnerable populations receive financial and social service support (e.g., bills, rent, food).  



GrantSpace by Candid has started a list to point individuals and organizations to emergency financial resources.  Please note: 

We do not give out grants/make donations; this list is an informational resource 

This list is not comprehensive; we are adding resources as we become aware of them. 


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