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CRRSA Act funding

In response to the global COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, Wenatchee Valley College is working hard to meet the unique needs of students on an individual basis and to ensure safety and retention of our students. The COVID-19 Student Relief Fund is a federal program designed to help enrolled students facing temporary financial hardship related to the COVID-19 public health crisis with limited emergency assistance.

Please use this application only for those financial hardships and expenses directly related to COVID-19 to notify us of how we can support your continued success at Wenatchee Valley College. This money is not a loan and does not have to be repaid.  

What is the CRRSA Act?

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act is the second round of the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds. These funds are distributed to colleges in order to provide emergency grants to students facing financial challenges related to the pandemic.

WVC will receive $1.2 million in emergency relief funds for eligible students.

Student Relief Award Criteria

Student relief funds are for limited emergency financial support to currently enrolled students who are unable to meet essential expenses due to a temporary or unexpected hardship related to COVID-19.

The maximum amount funded varies depending upon circumstances, but generally will not exceed a total of $2,100 per quarter. Decisions regarding disbursement of funds are made on a case-by-case basis. Awards are not considered loans and do not require repayment. Some funds may be considered income and are therefore subject to federal taxes. Check with your tax specialist.

Eligible expenses

Examples of expenses that may be considered for funding include:

  • Utilities
  • Car repairs or emergency transportation
  • School-related expenses, including, technology needs, laptops, internet service, textbooks
  • Safety-related needs
  • Emergency temporary lodging if you find yourself homeless or in an unsafe situation
  • Temporary food insecurity
  • Emergency medical treatment/medication/prescriptions when you do not have the ability to pay and the costs cannot be covered by insurance
  • Travel expenses to return home in the case of a sudden family death or other emergency
  • Inability to pay tuition and fees due to loss of employment that is COVID-19 related

Who is eligible?

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled students at Wenatchee Valley College.
  • All other resources, including student’s financial aid, will be considered to meet the requested need prior to providing relief funds. Students with demonstrated high financial need receive priority consideration.
  • If not eligible for CARES funds, you may qualify for assistance through the WVC counseling office.  Please contact them at 509 682 6850 or by email at Bsanchez@wvc.edu or Rpoortinga@wvc.edu.

Restrictions

Students must be enrolled or enrolled in the prior quarter. See below for additional resources available to students in need.

Apply for funding

Emergency funding is limited.  All eligible students are encouraged to complete a Federal Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) for both 2020-2021 year and if attending next year, the 2021-2022 FAFSA.  The FAFSA is available at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  (Although the COVID relief funds are not available to undocumented students, you may qualify for state funds by completing the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) at https://readysetgrad.wa.gov/wasfa).

To apply for COVID relief funding, you must complete the COVID-19 Student Relief Form. You will be asked to describe your circumstances and how COVID-19 has affected your ability to cover your cost. You may also be asked to provide supporting documentation to verify your need.

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How will I receive the funds?

Funds will be distributed by Bank Mobile.  Students will be sent an enrollment kit if they have not already enrolled with Bank Mobile.  When applying for assistance, students are also agreeing that funds can be directly applied to unpaid tuition and fees.  

Contact

If you have questions or need more information:

  • Email caresfund@wvc.edu
  • Call financial aid: 509-682-6810
  • Call counseling services: 509-682-6850

What additional resources are available?

In addition to CRRSA Act funding, WVC also offers:

  • Emergency funding 
  • Information about local resources
  • WVC food pantry curbside pickup on both campuses

For more information, contact WVC Counseling Services: Bertha Sanchez, bsanchez@wvc.edu or Ryan Poortinga, rpoortinga@wvc.edu.

All students in need of help have access to these additional resources, regardless of level of education, citizenship, etc. 

CRRSA Act FAQs

Yes. Students that received CARES Act  (Round 1) funds are eligible to apply for CARES Act (Round 2) and CARES act (Round 3) funding.