The U.S. Department of Education has authorized the following Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF):

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund I (HEERF I) is authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or, CARES Act, passed by Congress on March 27th, 2020. This bill allotted $2.2 trillion to provide fast and direct economic aid to the American people negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Of that money, approximately $14 billion was given to the Office of Postsecondary Education.

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. In total, the CRRSAA authorizes $81.88 billion in support for education, in addition to the $30.75 billion expeditiously provided last spring through the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136.

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) is authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2, signed into law on March 11, 2021, providing $39.6 billion in support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information on HEERF I, II, and III, please see the Federal Stimulus page.

Executive Orders

2021-01 Extension of Suspension of Various Specified Grade-Related Regulations Due to the COVIOD-19 State of Emergency (PDF)

2020-13 Temporary Suspension of Various Specified Regulations Regarding Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) Expenditure Restrictions Due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency (PDF)

2020-12 Temporary Suspension of Various Specified Grade-Related Regulations Due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency (PDF)

2020-11 Temporary Suspension of Regulations Limiting Interim Appointments Due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency (PDF)

2020-10 Continued Temporary Suspension of Selected Regulations Related to Community College District Fiscal Reporting Due Dates Due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency (PDF)

2020-09 Temporary Suspension of Regulations Related to the Deferral of Faculty Obligation Number Penalties (PDF)

2020-08 Temporary Suspension of Selected Regulations Related to Cooperative Work Experience Education Due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency (PDF)

2020-07 Temporary Suspension of Regulations Related to Cooperative Work Experience Education to Address the Continuity of Education in Community Colleges During the COVID-19 Declared State of Emergency (PDF)

2020-06 Temporary Suspension of Regulations related to Community College District Fiscal Reporting Due Dates to Address the Continuity of Education in Community Colleges During the COVID-19 Declared State of Emergency (PDF)

2020-05 Temporary Suspension of Regulations Related to the Deferral of Faculty Obligation Number Penalties During the COVID-19 Declared State of Emergency (PDF)

2020-04 Temporary Suspension of Regulations Limiting Interim Appointments to Address the Continuity of Education in Community Colleges During the COVID-19 Declared State of Emergency (PDF)

2020-03 Temporary Suspension of Various Specified Regulations Regarding Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) Expenditure Restrictions to Address the Continuity of Education During the COVID-19 Declared State of Emergency (PDF)

2020-02 Temporary Suspension of Various Specified Grade-Related Regulations to Address the Continuity of Education in Community Colleges During the COVID-19 Declared State of Emergency (PDF)

2020-01 Temporary Suspension of Student Withdrawal Regulations to Address the Continuity of Education in Community Colleges During the COVID-19 Declared State of Emergency (PDF)

Guidance Memos

Use of Unspent Expired funds from Strong Workforce Program 1st Four Year Cycle (2016-17 to 2018-19) (PDF)

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance - Attendance Accounting Implications for Apprenticeship and Related and Supplemental Instruction (PDF)

COVID-19 Guidance - Attendance Accounting for Noncredit Courses and Exception Related to Distance Education Lab Courses (PDF)

CVC Course Exchange: Preparing Your College for Student-Centered Cross Enrollment (PDF)

Ongoing Digital Resource Support (PDF)

Updated Guidance on the Chancellor's Office System Wide Prioritization for Real-time Captioning and Closed Caption Support (PDF)

COVID-19 Related Grading Policies, Academic Standing, and Course Cancellations (PDF)

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance – Phase Out of Certain Emergency Allowances for Attendance Accounting Methods and Student Withdrawals (PDF)

New State Guidance for Reopening Colleges and Universities (PDF)

Continuity of Education for Programs Supporting the Essential Workforce (PDF)

System-wide Online Technology Resources for Colleges to Respond to COVID-19 (PDF)

Distance Education Faculty Preparation and COVID-19 (PDF)

Emergency Guidance for AB 705 Implementation (PDF)

Emergency Temporary Correspondence Education Blanket Addendum for Prison/Jail Courses (PDF)

Fall 2020 Emergency Temporary Correspondence Education Blanket Addendum  Request for Prison/Jail Courses (PDF)

Emergency Temporary Distance Education Blanket Addendum for Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 (REVISED) (PDF)

Emergency Guidance for Cooperative Work Experience Education (PDF)

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance – Extension of Fiscal Reporting Due Dates (PDF)

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance - Emergency Protections for Apportionment Calculations (PDF)

COVID-19 Emergency Conditions Allowance (PDF)

Guidance Regarding Potential State Fund Sources of Direct Emergency Aid to Students (PDF)

Flexible Calendar Changes to Reflect Instructional Improvement Activities in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (PDF)

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance – Deferral of Faculty Obligation Penalties for Fall 2020 (PDF)

Chancellor’s Executive Order 2020-04: In-House and Promotion Recruitment (PDF)

Resources and Responsibilities for Supporting Students with Disabilities during COVID-19 (PDF)

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance - Attendance Accounting Implications and Guidance (revised) (PDF)

Emergency Guidance for Correspondence Education (PDF)

Emergency Guidance for California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) (PDF)

COVID-19 Guidance – REVISED Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) Waivers for Nursing Clinical Hours (PDF)

Emergency Guidance for Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS) (PDF)

Emergency Temporary Distance Education Blanket Addendum for Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 (PDF)

Emergency Technology Resources for College Responses to COVID-19 (PDF)

Guidance for Transitioning to Online Student Tutoring Due to COVID-19 (PDF)

Grading Policies and Term Extension Guidance Due to COVID-19 Pandemic (PDF)

Preliminary Guidance for Hard-to-Convert Courses (PDF)

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance - Clarification on Apportionments, Withdrawals and Student Fee Refunds (PDF)

COVID-19 Guidance – BRN Requirements for Nursing Clinical Hours (PDF)

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance - Attendance Accounting Implications and Approved Exceptions (PDF)

Updated Guidance Due to Emergency Conditions - Apportionment (PDF)

Since the release of Executive Order 2020-02 and the corresponding ES 20-10 Emergency Grading Policy and Term Extensions Guidance, the California State University and University of California systems have released guidance on allowances they are making to their admissions policies and practices to address the educational disruption of students affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Review their guidance below.

COVID-19 Interim Impacts on CSU Undergraduate Admissions Policies and Practices (PDF)

The University of California's Response to COVID-19: Admissions and Financial Aid (PDF)