About the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

On March 27, 2020, the federal government enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act"). The CARES Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund ("HEERF"). A portion of HEERF funds must go directly to eligible students in the form of emergency financial aid grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis ("HEERF Student Share Grant Funds"). Since the CARES Act in March 2020, two additional relief packages were passed. The required reporting for both the student and the institutional share is found below.

On September 30, 2021, the US Department of Education (ED) revised the quarterly reporting requirements. Effective with the 9/30/2021 quarterly reporting, the following reflects the most recent requirements outlined by ED. Below these figures are details about each funding source, total amounts to be received, and other information about the distribution of the student share grants.

Amounts Distributed to Date
7/1/2021 through 9/30/2021: $1,525,203.50

Number of Students Who have Received HEERF Student Grants
7/1/2021 through 9/30/2021: 795 unique students

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund I
  1. Certification and Agreement
    Washington State Community College acknowledges the College signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and assures the College will use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  2. Amounts to Be Received
    Washington State Community College received a total of $463,116 from the Department of Education pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  3. Amount Distributed to Date
    Washington State Community College has distributed a total of $463,116 as of February 25, 2021.
  4. Estimated number of eligible students
    WSCC estimates 2,827 students are eligible to apply for Emergency Financial Aid Grants under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  5. Number of Students Who Have Received HEERF I Student Share Grants
    A total of 392 students have been awarded Emergency Financial Aid Grants as of February 25, 2021.
  6. Method of determining which students would received HEERF I Student Share Grants
    The Office of Financial Aid is using an application process with qualifying categories to allow students to request funds for their expenses with a per student maximum of $1,500. The college is also awarding emergency grants on a professional judgement basis to students that have been impacted by course delivery changes.
  7. Instructions, Directions and Guidance Regarding HEERF I Student Share Grants
    All eligible students were notified by email, text and voicemail of their eligibility and application process. The email included what the grant could be used for, who is eligible to apply, how to apply (including a link to the grant application) and an explanation of how grants would be awarded.

Note: HEERF I funds are exhausted

2021 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA): Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II)
  1. Certification and Agreement
    Washington State Community College acknowledges the College received $463,116 in the HEERF II Student Aid Portion to award as emergency grants to students under the 2021 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA).
  2. Amounts to Be Received
    Washington State Community College received a total of $463,116 from the Department of Education pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  3. Amount Distributed to Date
    Washington State Community College has distributed a total of $463,116 as of September 15, 2021.
  4. Estimated number of eligible students
    Washington State Community College estimates that 1,393 students at the college are eligible to apply for emergency grants from the 2021 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA).
  5. Number of Students Who Have Received HEERF II Student Share Grants
    A total of 486 students have been awarded Emergency Financial Aid Grants as of September 15, 2021 from the CRRSAA.
  6. Method of determining which students would received HEERF II Student Share Grants
    The Office of Financial Aid is using an application process with an original maximum of $1500. In order to serve more students, the maximum was lowered to $500. The college is also awarding emergency grants on a professional judgement basis to students that have been impacted by course delivery changes. Students can also request that Emergency Grants be applied directly to tuition and fees starting summer 2021 semester after the third round of CARES Act Funding was approved and this leniency was added. Maximum was set to 15 credits of tuition fees.
  7. Instructions, Directions and Guidance Regarding HEERF II Student Share Grants
    All eligible students were notified by email, text and voicemail of their eligibility and application process. The email included what the grant could be used for, who is eligible to apply, how to apply (including a link to the grant application) and an explanation of how grants would be awarded. The application was also added to the WSCC public website at wscc.edu/covid-resources.

Note: HEERF II funds are exhausted.

CRRSAA: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III)

(Last updated 09/30/2021)

  1. Certification and Agreement
    Washington State Community College acknowledges the College received $1,741,705 in the HEERF III Student Aid Portion to award as emergency grants to students under the American Rescue Plan.
  2. Amounts to Be Received
    Washington State Community College received a total of $1,741,705 from the Department of Education pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  3. Amount Distributed to Date
    Washington State Community College has distributed a total of $598,449.25 as of September 30, 2021.
  4. Estimated number of eligible students
    Washington State Community College estimates that 1,393 students at the college are eligible to apply for emergency grants from the American Rescue Plan.
  5. Number of Students Who Have Received HEERF III Student Share Grants
    A total of 303 students have been awarded Emergency Financial Aid Grants as of September 30, 2021.
  6. Method of determining which students would received HEERF III Student Share Grants
    The Office of Financial Aid is using an application process with an original maximum of $1500. In order to serve more students, the maximum was lowered to $500. The college is also awarding emergency grants on a professional judgement basis to students that have been impacted by course delivery changes. Students can also request that Emergency Grants be applied directly to tuition and fees starting summer 2021 semester after the third round of CARES Act Funding was approved and this leniency was added. Maximum was set to 15 credits of tuition fees.
  7. Instructions, Directions and Guidance Regarding HEERF III Student Share Grants
    All eligible students were notified by email, text and voicemail of their eligibility and application process. The email included what the grant could be used for, who is eligible to apply, how to apply (including a link to the grant application) and an explanation of how grants would be awarded. The application was also added to the WSCC public website at wscc.edu/covid-resources.