Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEERF) Funds (aka CARES)
Updated Mar. 23, 2021
HEERF is to assist students with emergency grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic.
The amount of HEERF funding each college/university receives varies and is primarily based on the number of high-need students enrolled. While specific award amounts differ between institutions, priority is given to student populations who have the highest financial need through the federal financial aid application process.
In most cases, HEERF award amounts at EWU range from $250 to $1,250. Funds are issued directly to the student, via direct deposit or mailed check, and may be used at the student’s discretion on costs such as tuition, educational materials, technology, housing, food, transportation, health/mental care and/or child care. Funds are issued to the student, regardless of their EWU balance due.
HEERF I: Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security Act (CARES)
March 2020, Congress passed the first of three economic relief packages related to the COVID-19 pandemic. HEERF I funds were issued to eligible EWU students spring, summer and fall 2020.
HEERF II: Coronavirus Response & Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA)
December 2020, Congress passed additional emergency aid to support college students. HEERF II funds were issued to eligible EWU students winter/spring 2021.
Coming Soon – HEERF III: American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)
March 2021, Congress passed additional emergency aid to support college students. Details are pending.