COVID-19 Emergency Funding Update
While some emergency funding is still available to help students and universities through the continued disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal emergency funding has been fully disbursed. A student completing an Emergency Fund Request form now will not be considered for federal emergency funding. There were 3 phases of federal student emergency support, which are detailed below. Guidance released from the US Department of Education in May 2021, expanded the eligibility of students for these HEERF funds. Criteria for release of funds to students was adjusted to include this expanded eligibility. As of early October, 2021, Washington State University has completed funding Fall 2021 students with Federal Emergency Relief Grant from ARP or HEERF III.
- 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 have been processed for Fall term students. A general notice went out to students in July, 2021 and another in late August, 2021.
- If you are in need of assistance, please contact the Student Financial Services Office.
Student Care Network
The Student Care Network has more information about HEERF funding, how students qualify, and help related to challenges due to Covid-19 or other issues. Information on program specifics can be found within HEERF Reporting.
An acknowledgment that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.