On Monday, April 27th, Washington State Community College was granted $463,116 in Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding to provide student emergency grants. To receive these grants, students must apply through the HEERF Emergency Grant Application, be Title IV eligible, be enrolled at Washington State Community College, and have been attending at least one in person course when courses were changed to remote delivery.

After the initial disbursement of emergency funds, the college used a combination of applications and professional judgement to award grants to eligible students. More details of how students were chosen are listed in each report below.

During the Spring 2020 semester, 629 students were eligible to apply for the funds. During the Summer 2020 semester, 180 students were eligible to apply. As of December 30, 2020, a total of 665 Washington State Community College students have been eligible to apply for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund's Student Emergency Grants.

On Tuesday, January 19, 2021 Washington State Community College was granted an additional $463,116 in Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding to provide student emergency grants. These grants were approved by the 2021 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA). WSCC is currently exploring multiple ways to allow students to request these funds.

On WSCC was awarded an additional $1,741,705 in Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding for student emergency grant under the American Rescue Plan. The funds WSCC have received now total $2,667,937. With the third award came new guidance that allows students to choose to apply the grants directly to their tuition and fees with student acknowledgement. WSCC is required to prioritize the neediest students first and is using a combination of Pell eligibility and a response to an exceptional need question from the application to do so.

In addition to disbursing these funds, WSCC must report to the public within 30 days of receipt of the funds how the funds are being used. Please find our "30 day" report below (all numbers will be updated every 45 days).

HEERF Fund Declaration Reporting

July 4, 2021 Update

After receiving notice that WSCC received additional HEERF emergency funds from the American Rescue Plan, WSCC made the decision to assist students with these funds in two ways. First, students could request emergency funds for personal expenses, technology, transportation and course materials. These awards were given in amounts of $500 based on applications. All students were invited to apply. Second, we opened an application specifically allowing students to request these funds to help with tuition and fees. In an effort to assist as many students as possible, we limited the tuition and fee awards to 15 credits of tuition and the fees the student was charged. The application for tuition and fee assistance is being referred to as the Community Impact Grant. As of July 4th, an additional $25,000 in emergency grants and 105,700.75 in tuition and fee assistance have been awarded. This brings the total amount of Higher Education Emergency Relief grants given to students to $670,796.75. Students impacted by these grants now total 497.

May 21, 2021 Update

The Office of Financial Aid has not made any additional emergency awards to be reported. A total of 431 students have received $540,596 in HEERF Emergency Fund Grants.

April 7, 2021 Update

Of the 294 Title IV eligible students that were invited to apply for the emergency HEERF funds, WSCC awarded 211 students a total of $111,203 in emergency grants. This award exhausted the remaining $34,223 from the first Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds and used $76,980 of the second round of emergency funding that was provided by the 2021 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA).

February 23, 2021 Update

On January 19, 2021, WSCC was awarded a second round of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds. The student portion of these funds totaled $463,116 and were a result of the 2021 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA). In an effort to assist students with the additional expenses incurred due to changes in delivery of courses, WSCC re-opened the Emergency Fund Application to 294 Title IV eligible students whose courses for the Spring 2021 semester were moved to remote delivery the first 8 weeks of the course. The 294 eligible students were notified by email and received a text notification to check their emails for application details. Students were given a priority application deadline of February 12th to allow the neediest students to be prioritized.

January 10, 2021 Update

The Office of Financial Aid has not made any additional emergency awards to be reported. A total of 367 students have received $428,893 in HEERF Emergency Fund Grants.

December 10, 2020 Update

The Office of Financial Aid has not made any additional emergency awards to be reported. A total of 367 students have received $428,893 in HEERF Emergency Fund Grants.

October 27, 2020 Update

The Office of Financial Aid has not made any additional emergency awards to be reported. A total of 367 students have received $428,893 in HEERF Emergency Fund Grants.

September 13, 2020 Update

The Office of Financial Aid has not made any additional emergency awards to be reported. A total of 367 students have received $428,893 in HEERF Emergency Fund Grants.

July 31, 2020 Update

The Office of Financial Aid continued to receive HEERF emergency fund applications from summer students whose classes were moved to a blended model in an effort to allow proper social distancing. As of July 31, a total of 367 students have received $428,893 in HEERF Emergency Fund Grants.

July 17, 2020 Update

The Office of Financial Aid continued to receive HEERF emergency fund applications from summer students whose classes were moved to a blended model in an effort to allow proper social distancing. As of July 17, a total of 367 students have received $428,193 in HEERF Emergency Fund Grants.

June 26, 2020 Update
WSCC opened the HEERF emergency fund application to summer students whose in-person courses were disrupted due to COVID-19. All in-person courses were redesigned to be provided in a blended model to provide proper social distancing. As of June 26th, 74 summer students were awarded a total of $72,858. So far, 361 total students have been awarded $405,143 in HEERF emergency grants since the receipt of funds.
June 6, 2020 Update

WSCC awarded $500 HEERF emergency  grants to 35 qualified students who were forced to take incompletes in spring due to campus disruptions and now must return to campus during summer semester to complete their courses. The total amount awarded was $17,500.

June 2, 2020 Update

Due to leftover funding, WSCC was able to increase grants for the students who were previously awarded less than their requested amount due to internal maximums set for each category. WSCC also allowed students to request increases to previously awarded amounts and continued to receive applications through the end of spring semester. As of June 2, WSCC has awarded a total of $314,785 of HEERF Emergency Financial Aid Grants to 319 students.

May 12, 2020
  1. Washington State Community College has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and assures it will use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  2. The institution received a total of $463,116 for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  3. The institution has distributed a total of $147,658 as of May 7, 2020.
  4. Washington State Community College estimates 629 students are eligible for the Emergency Financial Aid Grant Funds based on student eligibility under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and fully online restrictions.
  5. A total of 184 students have been awarded a HEERF Emergency Financial Aid Grant as of May 7, 2020.
  6. The Office of Financial Aid is using an application process with qualifying categories to allow students to request funds for their expenses. Each category has an internal maximum that is used to determine the maximum grant a student can receive. In addition, WSCC has set a per student maximum of $1,500.
  7. All eligible students were notified by voice message, text message, and by email of their eligibility and application process. The email included a link to the application.
  8. Once the application is submitted, the Office of Financial Aid will approve or deny the application within 7 days and the business office will transmit weekly.