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CSU Announces Additional $6 Million in Direct Aid to Students

Funds will support Lift Up Vikes! emergency grant program

Beginning Monday, Cleveland State University will award an additional $6 million in need-based emergency grants to help CSU students manage financial challenges occurring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants of up to $2,500 will be available through our Lift Up Vikes! program, an existing student support initiative which provides emergency grants to CSU students. Funding for this additional distribution will come from both recently-allocated Federal CARES Act resources and our generous donors. These grants can be used for expenses such as housing, food, course materials, technology and childcare. 

“Getting funds to our students quickly and efficiently is our highest priority,” said CSU President Harlan M. Sands. “And helping students reduce financial obstacles is critical if we are to keep students on a pathway to graduate.”

Emergency grants will be available to students through the CSU Office of Financial Aid. Eligibility will depend on student circumstances. Fully-automated grant applications will be available beginning Monday, April 27, directions and updates will be posted to

The CSU Lift Up Vikes! program has been providing emergency grants since its establishment in 2019, and new contibutions from a variety of donors and supporters since the outbreak of COVID-19 have increased availability of funding. Students can apply through CampusNet.