COVID-19 Pandemic Assistance Fund

Federal COVID Pandemic Assistance no longer available

The Federal COVID Pandemic Assistance, also known as CARES and HEERF, allotted to Shoreline Community College has now been exhausted.

Students are encouraged to complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA or WASFA to be considered for traditional financial aid. Please visit our Funding and Aid Sources page to find additional funding options.

United Way of King County has provided emergency funding for the 2022-2023 academic year. Information on how to apply can be found on the Emergency Funding page.

Students who were already awarded COVID aid for Fall will begin to see their funds disbursement starting on Thursday, September 29th, 2022.

The U.S. Department of Education has made grants available to Institutions under the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Shoreline Community College has been allocated grants under HEERF I, HEERF II, and HEERF III to support our students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You may qualify for up to a maximum of $2,298 per quarter to help pay for any component of your college cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to the coronavirus, such as:

  • Tuition and fees (must provide electronic affirmative consent found within the application if you wish to have outstanding tuition and fees paid)  
  • Textbooks and course materials
  • Food
  • Housing/rent
  • Technology (laptop, WiFi hotspot, software, webcam, printer)
  • Healthcare
  • Childcare


Priority will be given to students with exceptional need. Exceptional need will be determined based on the tools listed below and information provided on the emergency application form:

  • Need determined by the Department of Education Guidance as being Pell Grant eligible as determined by current FAFSA
  • Need determined by current State of Washington Median Family Income (MFI) up to 65% MFI. Must fill out the Emergency Aid application
  • Need determined by the college with previously established financial hardships and/or Emergency Aid application

In addition to meeting the requirement for “exceptional need”, you must meet all of the following criteria:  

  • Be an admitted and registered student in the 2022-23 school year
  • Be currently enrolled in classes. Students in non-degree seeking (pre-requisite for graduate programs), non-credit (Transitional Studies such as ABE, ESL), dual enrollment (Running Start, CECO), continuing education classes, and fully distance education programs could qualify.
  • All currently enrolled students can apply. This includes international students and undocumented students, including DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

Please Note: The current FAFSA application is not required but strongly recommended to establish exceptional need.

Distribution of Funds

Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis until funding runs out and will be disbursed as quickly as possible.

  • This grant does not need to be repaid and will not negate or replace any financial aid you may have already received
  • You may reapply for this grant each quarter, as funds remain available

Apply now


For questions or assistance with the application form, please send an email to If you need immediate food or housing assistance, please contact our Benefits Hub.

HEERF Reporting

Shoreline Community College received Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The College is required to provide regular reporting to the U.S. Department of Education on the use of these funds.

The following reports are intended to not only meet the requirements of the CARES Act but also provide information to our college community regarding Shoreline’s use of the student grant portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

View previous HEERF reports