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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 June, 2021, Washington State University is completing the release of the remaining student portion of funds from HEERF II or CRRSAA. Students have been considered for Spring 2021 term enrollment as well as Summer, 2021.
Students enrolled for Summer, 2021 will be also be reviewed for HEERF III or ARP. Summer students will be considered for HEERF II or HEERF III, but not both programs. WSU will be selecting students based on initial criteria that includes financial need. The Student Financial Services Office will continue to contact those students who have been awarded. Students are also able to apply for assistance if they have not been selected for funding. For more, please see the Student Care Network page link below. We will consider students for HEERF III funding for Summer and Fall terms, 2021, as well as Spring term, 2022. 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. 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 ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act). WSU was awarded $31.1 million in the student portion of the HEERF III (ARPA) funds. These funds will begin to be distributed to students during the Summer term, 2021, and will continue into the 2021-22 academic year.
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.