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) is federal legislation providing financial support to individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. One part of this federal program, the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II), allocates money to CBC, and a portion of that allocation is to be awarded to students who are experiencing financial hardships due to the coronavirus.  

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


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Federal HEERF II guidance indicates recipients must be citizens, permanent residents, or eligible non-citizens of the United States who have experienced exceptional need due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You’ll also need to be enrolled at CBC for the current quarter (spring 2021).

An eligible non-citizen is classified as:

  • someone with an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) showing one of the following designations: Refugee, Asylum Granted, Parolee or Cuban-Haitian Entrant
  • a citizen of the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Federated States of Micronesia
  • a U.S. national (including natives of American Samoa or Swains Island), or
  • a T-Visa holder

The CBC Foundation is accepting applications for the Student Emergency Fund. Visit the CBC Foundation Emergency Need Fund Application Page today!

If you are a WASFA applicant, we also encourage you to check your Financial Aid portal throughout spring quarter. Washington State recently provided additional assistance for WASFA-eligible students, and you may see an award soon.

There is no deadline, but spring 2021 funding is limited, so we encourage you to apply early! The application for the current quarter will remain open until all funds have been awarded.

The 2021 application will be open for one quarter at a time. If you enroll in a future quarter, please check back later to apply within that quarter.

Yes, you are welcome to reapply! We are doing everything we can to accommodate additional funding requests from eligible students. 

HEERF II 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, etc.
If you’re eligible, you may receive one award of up to $1000 per quarter.  

We are doing our best to respond to all applications within seven 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.

If you have not received an email after seven business days, you are welcome to email%20us for an update on your application status. 

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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