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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSAA) Act and the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF I/II/III) 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.

CWU's CARES/CRRSAA/ARP Institutional Agreement and Assurance (PDF) states that it will use $3,847,692 in CARES, $3,847,692 in CRRSSA and $12,414,517 in ARP funds to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.

Emergency Student Awards

Cummulative Information


       Federal Act

 Total CWU Award  $3,847,692 $3,847,692  $12,414,517
 Total Eligible Students  8,134 4,079 Students with exceptional need as a result of the coronavirus
 Total HEERF Awarded*  $3,847,692 $3,847,692 $9,729,041
 Total Students Receiving Monies*  2,514 2,476 3,195
 Average Total Student Award*  $1,531 $1,553 $3,045

*as of 1/13/2022

Quarterly Information

  6/30/2020 9/30/2020 12/31/2020 3/31/2021 6/30/2021

Total HEERF Awarded to Students

$1,868,300 $347,660 $1,336,919 $3,812,163 $3,923,942
Total Students Recieving Monies 1,093 287 1,700 2,424 1,916
Average Total Student Award $1,709 $1,211 $786 $1,573 $2,048
  9/30/2021 12/31/2021 3/31/2022 6/30/2022

Total HEERF Awarded to Students

$1,554,542 $4,495,908    
Total Students Recieving Monies 773 2,454    
Average Total Student Award $2,011 $1,832    

*as of 12/31/2021

Winter Quarter 2022

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act makes emergency financial aid grants available to eligible students experiencing exceptional need. If approved for funding, students can apply grant monies towards their CWU cost of attendance and/or towards other emergency costs that have arisen as a result of the coronavirus. 

Affidavits for Winter Quarter 2022 ARP Act funding are now open and will close at 11:59 PM PST on Sunday January 23, 2022. CWU students enrolled in Winter Quarter 2022 can complete the online affidavit (via this link).

Funding is not guaranteed to applicants, and we recommend that students seek additional assistance from other sources while their CWU affidavit is being reviewed.

Eligibility for ARP Act Affidavit Funds:

  • Students must be enrolled at CWU for Winter Quarter 2022
  • Students must be 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 

Eligibility for ARP Act funds must be established by the student’s affidavit 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.

Changes to your Family’s Financial Situation

If you or your family’s financial situation has recently changed significantly from what is reflected on your federal income tax form, such as you were recently married or divorced, lost your job, or otherwise experienced a considerable drop in income (25% or more), or you have an unborn child on the way, you may be eligible to have your financial aid adjusted. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at or 509-963-1611. Office hours and instructions for booking an appointment with a financial aid counselor can be found at

The CWU CARES/COVID-19 Emergency Funds Team

Case Management:
Joy Stochosky 
Gretchen Geltemeyer 

Counseling Services:
Cindy Bruns

Disability Services:
Wendy Holden 

Diversity and Equity Center:
Katrina Whitney 

University Centers:
Ashley-Sue Vizguerra

University Foundation:
Aubrey Rigby 

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