Help is Here Emergency Grants

Don't be sidelined by an emergency expense. CC has funds to help you cover emergency expenses like utility bills, medical expenses, and COVID-19-related expenses.

Student Emergency Assistance Grant

Centralia College offers emergency assistance to students who experience a financial emergency or unanticipated expenses, causing 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. 

Winter 2021 Grants

The winter quarter grant application process is now open. The committee will begin reviewing applications Jan. 5. 

Important Note: Centralia College is transitioning to a new system in February and the emergency grant process will be closed from Jan. 19-March 1. If you need funds for winter, it is critical you get your application in prior to Jan. 19.

All current Centralia College students in any program are eligible to apply regardless of the number of credits enrolled. This includes students in associate and bachelor's degree programs, Running Start, online only, Transitional Education, Centralia College East (Morton), Career and Technical Education, corrections, and contract education.

The grant can fund a one-time emergency, such as car repair, change in childcare, housing or utilities, food, a health emergency, or other unexpected expense.

Sample Expenses Covered by SEAG Funding 

  • Homelessness or sudden loss of housing
  • Emergency medical expenses
  • Food
  • Overdue utility bills reaching a turn-off notice
  • Loss of childcare
  • Safety needs, including the needs of victims of domestic violence
  • Replacement of essential personal belongings due to fire or natural disaster

 Sample Expenses Not Covered by SEAG Funding (examples)

  • Tuition and fees
  • Study abroad costs
  • Non-essential personal bills, such as credit card, cable, cell phone, etc.
  • Parking tickets, library fines, or other expenses mistakenly incurred
There is not a specific limit. However, the grant may not be able to fully fund large requests.
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 may be provided through a gift card, a check made out directly to you, or a check to a vendor. Money can typically be received within four days of receiving your application.
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, any current student can apply for the grant. Your eligibility is based on a case-by-case analysis of your emergency need.
Any grant will be processed through the Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid staff will work with you on a case-by-case basis to work with your budget (as defined by Financial Aid). It is important to understand that this emergency funding, if awarded, may impact your overall financial aid package.

How to Apply

Submit the online application form below for consideration of either grant. Fill in all required sections. Incomplete applications may delay the selections process. If you previously submitted an application, you do not need to submit another one. We will contact you if additional information is needed. Please email Erin Baker with questions or concerns.


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Kirk Library