CARES/CRRSAA/ARP Funding Information

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

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

Winter 2022 Stimulus Funds

Centralia College has exhausted its funds for the 2021-22 academic year. If you have a financial emergency in winter quarter, considering applying for an Emergency Grant.

Emergency Grants

The Emergency Grant application is now open. Funding is very limited and is expected to be distributed quickly. Processing time will be determined by the number of applications received.

Emergency Grants are available 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, email Blazer Central at blazercentral@centralia.edu. Review the Frequently Asked Questions above for information about the grants.

Emergency Grant Frequently Asked Questions

Emergency Grants are available to any currently enrolled student experiencing a one-time emergency that impacts their ability to continue or complete their education.

There is a simple online form to apply for an Emergency Grant. You will be asked to provide information about your emergency expense. If you applied for funds in previous quarters, you must submit a new application.

After submitting an application, you will receive an email confirming your application and connecting you to some initial resources. Then, the Emergency Grant Outreach Specialist will be reaching out to you individually to address any needs.

Please note: Winter quarter funds are limited. Early application is advised. Processing time will depend on the number of applications submitted.

Funds are based on need; there is no set limit.

Emergency Grants are for students experiencing a financial emergency or unanticipated expense. Students applying for an Emergency Grant must provide details of their emergency expenses. Emergency Grants cannot be used to pay tuition.

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. Contact Blazer Central by emailing blazercentral@centralia.edu.

If you are enrolled in one of CC's career and technical education programs, there are a number of funding programs that may pay for tuition, fees, and other related expenses, including books and fees, supplies, transportation, and child care. Connect with Workforce Funding for more information.

You must be enrolled in at least one Centralia College class.

Emergency Grants are awarded based on need and are coordinated with other financial aid.

CARES/CRRSAA/ARP 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.

ARP/HEERF III Funds - 2021

On May 18, Centralia College was awarded supplemental Student Emergency Financial Aid Grants under HEERF III funds known as ARP. The amount awarded was $2,914,689. Awards were made available to students through an Attestation Application stating that the student have had COVID-19 educational related expenses. Prioritization of these grant funds was made to all Pell-eligible and Washington College Grant-eligible students, with remaining funds disbursed to those who complete the Attestation Application. ARP funds were made available during summer quarter, with awards at $1,500 for credit-bearing courses and $500 for non-credit courses.

As of Aug. 31, Centralia College had 756 students that have been awarded $1,040,276 in Emergency Student Financial Aid Grants under ARP funding. 

As of Sept. 30, Centralia College had 756 students that have been awarded $1,040,276 in Emergency Student Financial Aid Grants under ARP funding.

As of Nov. 30, Centralia College had 1,315 students that have been awarded $1,528,154 in Emergency Student Financial Aid Grants under ARP funding.

CRRSAA/HERF II Funds - 2021

As of Jan. 17, Centralia College was awarded supplemental Student Emergency Financial Aid Grants under HEERF II funds known as CRRSA. The amount awarded was equal to the HEERF I – CARES Act Funds  - $738,883. Awards were made available to students through an Attestation Application stating that student have had COVID-19 educational related expenses. A total of $650,000 was made available in $500 awards to over 1,300 students.  A sum of $25,000 was used for expenses above the $500 with an application to be completed and submitted for consideration.

As of April 28, Centralia College had 789 students who received Emergency Financial Aid Grants under CRRSAA/HEERF II funds. All Pell Grant eligible students for spring quarter 2021 were awarded $500. Students who were not Pell eligible, were able to complete an Attestation Form, available online, for $500 to assist with COVID-related educational expenses.      

As of May 18, Centralia College had 960 students that have been awarded $588,371.99.

As of July 27, Centralia College had 1,095 students that have been awarded $702,331.48.

As of Sept. 30, 2021, Centralia College had 1,113 students that have been awarded $738.873.

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 HEERF (Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund) funding for student aid, Centralia College also received $738,882 from CARES Act; $2,537,220 from CRRSAA Act; and $2,819,021 from ARP Act for a total of $6,095,123 HEERF funding for institutional expenses due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Quarterly reports on the expenditures from these fund are posted below.

Quarterly HEERF Reports - Institutional Portion

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