CARES Act Funding Information

As part of the CARES Act, federal emergency grant funding was made available to Centralia College students who are experiencing expenses due to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.

Centralia College has been allocated these funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. The CARES Act established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency financial aid grants. These critical funds help eligible CC students cover expenses related to unanticipated travel, additional technology requirements, or other needs related to an emergency situation.

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CARES Act Funds for Student Aid

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. 

CARES Act Institutional Funds

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


Frequently Asked Questions

You must be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen.

Students who received CARES Act funding in spring or summer quarters are ineligible for additional CARES funds, but may apply for Student Emergency Assistance Grants.

The grant can be used to cover expenses related to disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. If you have other expenses, you are encouraged to apply for SEAG funds.

Sample Expenses Covered by CARES Act Funding

  • Technology (computer, printer, hotpots)
  • Childcare 


You can request up to $2,115.
If approved, the grant process may take 2-3 weeks. We try to review your application within one business day. We then work with you on a case-by-case basis. If additional information is needed, funds may be delayed.
Grant funding will be provided to you as a check.
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, and coronavirus relief funding to people without citizenship status or proof of a Social Security number.
During remote operations, the check will be mailed to your address on file with enrollment services. Update your address online to ensure you receive your money.

No, but you must be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen.

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.


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