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CARES/CRRSAA HEERF Grants

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Winter and Spring Quarter 2021 Disbursement

The CWU CARES Committee is currently working on the process to award Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) funding and will be contacting eligible students beginning late February/early March 2021. Updates will be made to this page when they are available.


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSAA) Act funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF I/II) grants at Central Washington University and provides emergency financial assistance to eligible students who are experiencing hardship due to the coronavirus that could adversely affect their educational success.

CRRSAA HEERF II

  • $3,847,692 - CWU’s CRRSAA HEERF II Emergency Student funds award
  • $0 - CWU’s CRRSAA HEERF II Emergency Student funds awarded
  • 8,134 - CWU AY20-21 estimated students eligible to participate in CRRSAA HEERF II
  • 0 - Total number of CWU students receiving a CRRSAA HEERF II award as of 2/17/21
  • 0 - Total number of CRRSAA HEERF II awards issued as of 2/17/21

CARES HEERF I

  • $3,847,692 - CWU’s CARES HEERF I Emergency Student funds award
  • $3,847,692 - CWU’s CARES HEERF I Emergency Student funds awarded
  • 8,134 - CWU AY19-20 students eligible to participate in CARES HEERF I
  • 2,520 - Total number of CWU students receiving a CARES HEERF I award
  • 4,375 - Total number of CARES HEERF I awards issued
  • CWU's CARES HEERF I Emergency Student Funds executed agreement and assurance that it will use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students (link to agreement)
  • CWU's CARES HEERF I Institutional Funds Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report as of 9/30/20 (link to report)

Eligible students must attest that they are in need of emergency assistance towards their CWU cost of attendance and/or with emergency costs due to experiencing exceptional circumstances that have arisen as a result of the coronavirus.

Examples of emergency costs include, but are not limited to:

  • Academic (tuition, books, technology, supplies, etc.)
  • Childcare
  • Food expenses and other basic need items
  • Medical expenses
  • Rent and/or utilities (water, power, etc.)
  • Travel expenses related to death/illness of a loved one due to coronavirus

Student Eligibility Requirements for a CRRSAA HEERF II award:

  • Students must be registered at CWU for the current quarter
  • Students must be matriculated and have received a high school diploma, GED or other equivalent
  • Only students residing in the United States are eligible to apply for the CRRSAA HEERF II funding*
  • Students must currently be eligible for Federal Title IV Financial Aid (have a current 2020-2021 FAFSA on file)

*International and undocumented students are, unfortunately, not currently eligible for CARES or CRRSAA Act monies

Spring Quarter 2021 Application Process

There may be a CRRSAA application process in spring quarter 2021 for students in extreme emergency need.  Updates will be made to this page when they are available.

The remaining funds are extremely limited, therefore we ask students to refrain from applying unless they are experiencing a current emergency need, directly related to COVID-19.

Eligibility for HEERF funds must be established by the student’s application and verified in accordance with CWU’s review policy. This may result in wait times of several weeks between date of submission and date of notification.  Students not eligible to receive awards through CARES/CRRSAA funding may be eligible for other institutional aid. CWU has awarded numerous ineligible students through various sources of alternative funding and will continue to explore additional avenues for new and waitlisted students deemed ineligible for CARES/CRRSAA funding.

PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL Student Success to inquire about the status your application as this will slow down the committee’s review process.

Upon review of the student’s eligibility, completed applications will be reviewed by the CARES HEERF Committee and Student Financial Aid. Decisions made during the review process are final. If approved, students will have an option to apply the funds directly to their student account, or receive the funds as a refund through check or direct deposit. The funding will be disbursed via the student’s selected disbursement method within 5 - 7 business days of the approval date.

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