COVID-19 Emergency Funding FAQ

Similar to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Securities Act (CARES Act), the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) and the American Rescue Plan (ARP) are federal acts providing financial support to individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These federal programs include the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II and HEERF III) which allocates money to colleges and universities including CBC, and a portion of that allocation is for students who are experiencing financial hardships due to the coronavirus pandemic.  

If you’re an eligible CBC student, you can apply for HEERF funds via the 2021 COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Application.

Due to an unanticipated influx of winter 2022 applications, the COVID-19 Emergency Fund is now closed. If you did not get a chance to apply and need immediate financial assistance, please visit our COVID-19 Resources page and our Money for You! page to learn about other options.


Please visit our COVID-19 Resources page and our Money for You! page to learn about other options.

We also encourage you to call 509-542-4601 to set up an appointment with a Hawk Central Specialist to discuss all of your financial aid options.

Unfortunately, all federal funds have been allocated at this time. In the event additional funds become available, CBC will send out further communication.
HEERF funds are intended to cover costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic that might disrupt your education such as childcare, course materials, housing, food, tuition, utilities, healthcare or technology.
If you’re eligible for winter 2022 funding, you may receive one award of up to $2000.  

We are doing our best to respond to all applications within 14 business days. Due to application volume, response times may vary.

We appreciate your patience and ask that you continue to monitor your CBC student email for updates.

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No. Funding is disbursed directly to YOU, the student! You'll be responsible for paying your tuition once you receive the funds. It's also important to note that any emergency relief funds issued to you may not cover your full tuition balance. If you have questions about your payment options, please contact Hawk Central.

No, this is a grant that does not need to be repaid.
No, these funds will not reduce or replace any financial aid you've been awarded.
No. The IRS has advised that emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act are not taxable and should not be included in gross income. Additionally, you cannot claim any deduction or credit for expenses paid with the grant. For more information, visit the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund and Emergency Financial Aid Grants under the CARES Act webpage.
The CBC Food Pantry is continuing to serve students during our remote operations. You can view information on the food pantry and other services for students on our Available Services page.


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