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How CWU is managing the public health emergency

Updated: July 1, 2021, 10:15 a.m.

More than a 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.

As we look toward the fall quarter, 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 for fall quarter 2021.

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CARES/CRRSAA/ARP HEERF I/II/III

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSAA) Act and the American Recovery Rescue Plan (ARP) Act funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grants at Central Washington University.

CWU's CARES/CRRSAA/ARP HEERF Institutional Agreement and Assurance states that it will use $3,847,692 in CARES, $3,847,692 in CRRSSA and TBD in ARP funds to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.

Emergency Student Award

The CARES, CRRSAA and ARP HEERF I/II/III grant provides emergency financial assistance to eligible students who are experiencing hardship that could adversely affect their educational success at Central Washington University. Student information can be found at CWU's Business and Financial Affairs and Student Success websites.


Institutional Award

The CARES, CRRSAA and ARP HEERF I/II/III grant provides support to Central Washington University operational activities that were affected by the coronavirus beginning March 27, 2020. CWU has utilized its institutional award to support student room and board refunds and lost revenue associated with student services (room and board, dining, parking and bookstore). Institutional information can be found at CWU's Business and Financial Affairs website.