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.

There are two grants that you may qualify for. Look at each section below to see more about qualifications and specifications of each. If you previously submitted a grant application, you do not need to submit another one. We will contact you if additional information is needed.

important noticeImportant Information for Fall 2020

Applications for fall are now available. Review of applications will begin Sept. 15. If approved, funds cannot be disbursed until Sept. 21, the first day of fall quarter. Tuition must be paid or you must be on a payment plan to be eligible.

Note: If you received a CARES Act Grant in spring or summer quarters, you are not eligible to apply for a fall CARES Grant. However, If you have emergency expenses during fall quarter, you may apply for a Student Emergency Assistance Grant.

COVID-19 / CARES Act Grants

As part of the CARES Act, federal emergency grant funding is available to Centralia College students who are experiencing expenses due to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Current students are encouraged to apply for emergency financial assistance if they need help paying for books, food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses.

CARES Act Funding Information

Find details on the amount Centralia College was awarded through the CARES Act and how that money is being allocated on the CARES Act Funding Information page.

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.

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. 

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.

Contact

Blazer Central
Kirk Library
360-623-8737