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How COVID-19 is affecting CWU operations 

Updated: January 21, 2021, 4:50 p.m.

Central Washington University is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 to provide the university community with the most up-to-date information. This webpage is intended to be a resource for students, parents, and employees to learn more about how the worldwide pandemic is affecting university operations, commencement, travel, online learning, and more.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, all CWU facilities (except residence halls and dining facilities) are currently closed to the public, and plans to reopen campus buildings will depend on guidance from state public health officials. University officials have been partnering closely with Kittitas County Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on how to proceed. The CDC provides updated information to the university’s emergency management team as it becomes available. 

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. CWU has been keeping the university community informed throughout this crisis by providing daily updates via email, social media, and this website.

Check back for regular updates on COVID-19 and how the outbreak is impacting the university. This page is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be seen as providing medical or legal advice. In all instances, individuals who are affected, or may be affected, should consult their health care provider.

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*

*4,328 number of awards issued
**As of 1/19/21

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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