CARES/CRRSAA Funding Information

As part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, federal emergency grant funding is available to Centralia College students who are enrolled in a college class, and are United States citizens or permenent residents with educational financial needs due to the coronavirus.

Centralia College has been allocated funds from both the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA). The CARES Act and CRRSAA established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency funding. These critical funds help eligible CC students cover educational expenses.

Centralia College is distributing funds through two separate processes. Note: There are two applications for two separate funds. Students who wish to be considered for both must submit both applications.

Attestation Application

Eligible students who complete the Attestation Application will be sent a $500 check as funds allow. Funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until they are spent.

Checks will be mailed to students at their home address in ctcLink after April 19. It will take 2-4 weeks to process after a completed application form is submitted. You can update your home address in ctcLink by navigating to your Student Homepage, clicking on the Profile tile, and then choosing Addresses from the menu on the left.  If you need further assistance, contact Enrollment Services at 360-623-8976 or admissions@centralia.edu

Have a question about the Attestation Application? Submit your question here.

Emergency Grants

Centralia College offers emergency assistance to students who experience a financial emergency or unanticipated expense that causes financial hardship. Ultimately, the goal is to cover expenses that affect a student’s ability to stay in college and complete their education. The grants are temporary, short-term financial assistance.

For questions about the Emergency Grant please email Blazer Central at blazercentral@centralia.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

You must be a United States citizen or permanent resident enrolled in at least one course at Centralia College. Students in credit-bearing and non-credit bearing courses are eligible.
 

Funds can be used for any educational expense that a student has due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students who submit the Attestation Application do not need to notify the school of the specific expenses that they have, but must attest that they have unmet educational expenses. Students applying for an Emergency Grant must provide details on their unmet educational expense need.

 
Students who submit the Attestation Applciation will be awarded $500 until the funds have been exhausted. There is no maximum amount on a single Emergency Grant application.

Students will be allowed a maximum of $2,000 combined through both processes from Spring 2021-Spring 2022.
The timeline for both funding processes is 2-4 weeks. Funds will be distributed starting April 19, 2021.
The Blazer Central staff will work with you on a case-by-case basis to address any unmet needs. Campus resources include, but are not limited to: Financial Aid, Opportunity Grant, scholarships, student employment, the campus Food Pantry (located in TAC 137), Workforce Training services.
Checks will be mailed to students at their home address in ctcLink after April 19. It will take up to 2-4 weeks to process after completed application form is submitted. 

You can update your home address in ctcLink by navigating to your Student Homepage, clicking on the Profile tile, and then choosing Addresses from the menu on the left.  If you need further assistance, contact Enrollment Services at 360-623-8976 or admissions@centralia.edu

No, but you must be a United States citizen or permanent resident.

These funds will be processed through the Financial Aid Office. If you are currently receiving financial aid, CARES Act emergency funds will NOT impact your financial aid award.

CARES/CRRSAA Reporting Information

How much funding has Centralia College received and how has it been allocated? Use the tabs below to read more about aid has been disbursed to students and the college.

CRRSAA/HERF II Funds - 2021

January 17, 2021, Centralia College was awarded supplemental Student Emergency Financial Aid Grants under HEERF II funds known as CRRSA.  The amount awarded is equal to our HEERF I – CARES Act Funds $738,883.  Awards will be made available to students thru Attestation Application stating that student have had COVID 19 educational related expenses.  $650,000 will be made available in $500 awards to over 1300 students.  $25,000 is being used for expenses above the $500 with an application to be completed and submitted for consideration.

CARES/HERF 1 Funds - 2020

On April 16, 2020, Centralia College signed and returned to the Department of Education that the institution has agreed to the terms of the CARES Act Certification and Agreement and assurances to use no less than 50% of the funds received to provide emergency financial aid grants to CC students.

Centralia College has been allocated $738,883 of CARES Act funding for emergency financial aid grants to students.

As of October 21, Centralia College has 461 students who have received Emergency Financial Aid Grants under CARES Act funding. CARES Act funding has been fully expended, awarding $738,883.

Students receiving Emergency Financial Aid Grants under CARES Act funding completed an online application and maximum awards are $2,115 for expenses related to the campus disruption based on COVID-19.

Notification of Emergency Financial Aid Grants under CARES Act funding is included on the college homepage, posting in CANVAS as well as emails sent to students regarding availability of funds and how to apply. Students who are eligible are encouraged to complete an online application form. Applications are reviewed by a committee for emergency funding and offers wrap-around support services. 

In addition to the CARES Act funding for student aid, Centralia College also received $738,882 of CARES Act funding for institutional expenses associated with the significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus. Quarterly reports on the expenditures from these fund are posted below.

Quarterly CARES Act Reports - Institutional Portion

CONTACT FINANCIAL AID

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday
8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Thursday
360-623-8975 
360-330-7105 fax
financialaid@centralia.edu