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.

Vaccine Incentive Programs

Centralia College is participating in the statewide effort to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates by offering vaccine incentives. Find details about available incentives on the Vaccine Incentive Programs webpage.

Frequently Asked Questions

You must be enrolled in at least one course at Centralia College. Students in credit-bearing and non-credit bearing courses are eligible. Students attending CC through one of its corrections sites are not eligible for stimulus funds. Funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until exhausted.

Funds can be used for any educational expense that a student has due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students who submit the Attestation Application do not need to notify the school of the specific expenses that they have, but must attest that they have unmet educational expenses. Students applying for an Emergency Grant must provide details on their unmet educational expense need.

In order to prioritize funding for students with exceptional need, for summer quarter 2021, we are offering two different amounts of funding depending on the types of classes students are enrolled in.
  1. Credited courses: Since credited courses usually cost more, we are providing $1.500 to students who take those types of courses. Students in this category who complete the attestation application will get their payment on a first-come first-served basis while funds last.  
  2. Continuing and Community Education courses: Since Continuing and Community Education classes are lower cost, non-credit courses intended for personal enrichment, professional certification, and customized job training, we are providing $500 to students enrolled in Continuing and Community Education classes. Students in this category who compete the attestation application will get their payment on a first-come first-served basis while funds last.
Important Note: Students will be allowed a maximum of $6,000 from Summer 2021-Winter 2022.
The timeline for both funding processes is 2-4 weeks. Summer funds will be distributed starting Aug. 2, 2021. Funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until exhausted.
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.
Checks will be mailed to students at their home address in ctcLink after Aug. 2. It will take up to 2-4 weeks to process after completed application form is submitted. 

You can update your check and mailing addresses in ctcLink by navigating to your Student Homepage, clicking on the Profile tile, and then choosing Addresses from the menu on the left.  If you need further assistance, contact Enrollment Services at 360-623-8976 or admissions@centralia.edu

No, but you must be enrolled in at least one class at Centralia College for summer quarter.

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.

Attestation for Quarterly Stimulus Funds

The college has awarded all of the funding for summer 2021 and is no longer accepting attestation applications. The program will be available again for fall 2021. Please watch your student email for more details in the next few months. Summer funds will be distributed starting Aug. 2. Have a question about the Attestation Application? Submit your question here.

Emergency Grants

Centralia College offers assistance 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.

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

CONTACT FINANCIAL AID

Summer Hours
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday
8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Thursday
Closed Friday
360-623-8975 
360-330-7105 fax
financialaid@centralia.edu