Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds
APPLICATION CLOSED // As of February 2, 2022, the COVID Relief Funds application is closed. We received over 1,000 applications for funding. We are still processing applications submitted prior to Feb. 2. Processing may take 6-8 weeks. If you have not received any notification within that time, please contact the financial aid office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (509) 682-6810.
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provides emergency grants to college students impacted by the pandemic. These federal funds are distributed to colleges in multiple rounds.
American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act: WVC was allocated $3,903,168.00 and has expended:
- $3,390,431.37 as of March 31, 2022
- $725,805.70 as of December 31, 2021
- $2,500.00 as of September 30, 2021.
Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act: WVC was allocated $1,233,434.00 and has expended:
- $1,214,147.73 as of December 31, 2021
- $1,010,465.00 as of September 30, 2021.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act: WVC was allocated $1,233,434.00 and all funds were disbursed to students by May 2021.
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) are federal funds specifically designated for higher education to assist students affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The CARES, CRRSA and ARP acts all fall under this fund, but were passed by Congress at different times.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress in March 2020.
The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act was passed by Congress in December 2020 to extend the initial support provided by CARES.
The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act was passed by Congress in March 2021. It extends the CARES and CRRSA funding into the 2021-2022 school year.
All of these funds are commonly referred to as CARES, which was the original HEERF funding. If you are experiencing a financial crisis the best course of action is to fill out the Emergency Grant Application to see if you are eligible for any of these funds.