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 has been allocated 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 help eligible CC students cover educational expenses.

Frequently Asked Questions

HEERF/Stimulus Funds

  • The fall 2021 applications are now closed.
  • You must be enrolled in at least 3 Centralia College credits at the time money is awarded. (Incarcerated, community service, and Continuing Education students are not eligible.)
  • You must attest to having a COVID-19-related need.

Emergency Grants

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

HEERF/Stimulus Funds

The fall 2021 attestation application is now closed.  Submission of an attestation is not a guarantee of funding. We will begin processing applications Oct. 25.

Please ensure we have your correct address on file. Checks will be sent to the Check Address listed in your ctcLink account. To verify your Check Address: Login to  your ctcLink account > go to Student Homepage > Click Profile > click Addresses. Make sure your Mailing Address and your Check Address are the same.

Emergency Grants

There is a simple online form that will be available Sept. 20. 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 for fall 2021.

HEERF/Stimulus Funds

The fall 2021 attestation application is now closed.

Funds will be awarded based on the number of credits you are taking fall quarter.

  • Students enrolled in 10 or more credits are eligible for $2,000.
  • Students enrolled in 6-9 credits are eligible for $1,500.
  • Students enrolled in 3-5 credits are eligible for $750.

Emergency Grants

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

HEERF/Stimulus Funds

The fall 2021 attestation application is now closed.

Funds can be used for any educational expense stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Students who submit the Attestation Application do not need to notify the school of the specific expenses they have, but must attest that they have unmet educational expenses.

Emergency Grants

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.

HEERF/Stimulus Funds

The fall 2021 attestation application is now closed.

You do not need to be receiving financial aid to qualify, but you must be enrolled in at least three credits at Centralia College for fall quarter.

Emergency Grants

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

These funds are processed through the Financial Aid Office. If you are currently receiving financial aid, HEERF/Stimulus funds will NOT impact your financial aid award. Emergency Grants are awarded based on need, and coordinated with other financial aid.

FALL 2021 Stimulus Funds

The attestation application for fall 2021 is now closed. Applications are now being reviewed. We will not begin processing applications until Oct. 25.

Fall 2021 Emergency Grants

The fall Emergency Grant application is now open. Assistance is 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 fall grants.

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.

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.

As of April 28, Centralia College has 789 students who have 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 has 960 students that have been awarded $588,371.99.

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

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

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