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Emergency Assistance to Students
COVID-19 Emergency Funding Update:
Emergency funding is available to help students and universities through the continued disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are 3 phases of federal student emergency support. For more information on the 3 phases of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, or HEERF, please see Program Summary below. Recent guidance released from the US Department of Education has expanded the eligibility of students for these HEERF funds. Criteria for current and future release of funds to students will include this expanded eligibility.
Current Funding for Students
As of Mid-August, 2021, Washington State University has begun funding Fall 2021 students with Federal Emergency Relief Grant from ARP or HEERF III. Students will be notified if they have been funded. Once the initial mass processing of this program is complete, we will open up Fall term as an option on the Emergency Fund Request form. Students will only receive federal emergency funding once per term. Students who have extenuating circumstances and need beyond HEERF funding, may be considered for other, more limited resources based on availability by campus.
- HEERF I is called the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act). WSU was awarded $10.88 million in the student portion of the HEERF I (CARES Act) funds. All of these funds have been distributed to students.
- HEERF II is called the CRRSAA (Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act). WSU was awarded $10.88 million in the student portion of the HEERF II (CRRSAA) funds. A general notices went to enrolled student in March, 2021. As of early June, 2021, $10.3 million has been distributed to students. The remainder is in process of being distributed.
- HEERF III is called the ARP (American Rescue Plan). WSU was awarded $31.1 million in the student portion of the HEERF III (ARP) funds. These funds began to be distributed to students during the Summer term, 2021, and are now being processed for Fall term students.
More information is posted to the Student Care Network about HEERF funding and how students can qualify. For more information on this or to seek help with challenges due to Covid-19 or related issues, please see the Student Care Network page.
For information on Emergency Resources by Campus, please check here.