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How CWU is managing the public health emergency 

Updated: April 9, 2021, 5:35 p.m.

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, Central Washington University is continuing to take all of the necessary steps to keep our students, employees, and community members safe. 

Offering a majority of classes online, implementing strict safety guidelines, and requiring staff and faculty to work from home whenever possible have allowed CWU to continue providing one of the best educational experiences in the state of Washington during the past year.

As we look toward the spring and summer quarters — and eventually fall 2021 — the university will continue to monitor the situation closely, in close coordination with the Kittitas County Public Health Department. 

These FAQ pages are a resource for students, parents, and employees to learn more about how COVID-19 is affecting university operations, commencement, travel, online learning, and more. The information included here is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be seen as providing medical or legal advice.

CWU’s trained team of professionals receives guidance from health experts at the federal, state and local levels, placing a priority on the safety of our employees, students, and surrounding communities. Our eight university sites and centers are following protocols set forth at their host community college, school district, or military base. 

Please check back for regular updates on how the pandemic is impacting university operations, and what to look forward to in 2021. 

CARES HEERF Grant - Emergency Student Award*

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act - Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Grant at Central Washington University provides emergency financial assistance to eligible students who are experiencing hardship that could adversely affect their educational success.


CWU’s CARES Emergency Student funds award amount


Estimated total number of current CWU students eligible to participate


CWU’s CARES Emergency Student funds awarded**


Total number of students receiving an Emergency Student Funds award*

*4,369 number of awards issued
**As of 1/26/21

CARES HEERF Grant - Institutional Award

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act - Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Grant at Central Washington University provided support to operational activities that were affected by COVID-19.  CWU utilized its institutional award to support spring quarter student room and board refunds.

CWU's CARES Institutional executed agreement and assurance that it will use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)91 of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

CWU's CARES Institutional Funds Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report of 9/30/20.


CWU's CARES Institutional Award


Room and Board Costs Supported by CARES Institutional Award


Total Number of Student Room and Board Refunds Covered by CARES Institutional Award

As of 6/23/20

Non-CARES Funding


Awarded Non-CARES Funding

Waitlisted for Non-CARES Funding




Number of Students



* Some students had their requests partially funded, and the remainder placed on the waitlist. Therefore, the sum of awarded students and waitlisted students is NOT equal to the number of approved applications.
  As of 10/30/20

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