Why You Should Connect With Financial Coaches
Assistance After Hurricane Harvey
The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey has created a lot of barriers for students to start classes. We're listening and want to help. That's why we created the Swoop to the Rescue Emergency Assistance Fund to assist students affected by Hurricane Harvey. Types of assistance include, but are not limited to books, supplies, transportation, living expenses, daycare and medical.
HOW TO APPLY
- Complete the one-page request form (Swoop to the Rescue Application) with written explanation of need and amount requested for emergency assistance.
- Submit application to financial coach at the campus. Supporting documentation may be requested.
- Financial Coaches will review and respond with 48 hours.
Community Resource Fairs This September
HCC Financial Coaches' Resource Fairs will give you access to on-campus and community resources that will help you: achieve academic success; push through financial emergencies; make refunds last longer; and start really moving toward financial security. Click here for schedule of fairs. Also, here is Confirmed Partners for 2017 Resource Fairs list.
Work Study Job Fairs This September
Work Study is a great way to decrease student loan debt. Job opportunities are available at all campus sites year round or off-campus through participating community service organizations. The Job Fairs are a chance for students to connect with on-campus departments and off campus employers! Click here for schedule of fairs.
Scholarships from Partners
Through the Financial Coaches established network of community partners, they often hear about great scholarship opportunities. Scholarships are a great, debt-free way to offset all or part of the cost of your education. Here is the most up-to-date list of scholarships from community partners.
- HOUSTON Academy - Through a partnership with HOUSTON Academy, the HCC Financial Coaches are offering a service learning opportunity for students looking to gain valuable experience while giving back. Students who qualify and serve receive a scholarship estimated to cover a 3-hour course. In addition, they will have the opportunity to attend local and state conferences. Applications are due Friday, September 29th. More details are available via - HOUSTON Academy Scholarship.
- CashCourse My Story Essay Contest - The CashCourse program at the National Endowment for Financial Education has just kicked off its fourth annual “My Story” student essay contest. Students can share a story about their personal finance experiences, and the winning student will receive $1,500 for college. Entries are due November 17, 2017, and winners will be notified by December 15, 2017. For details and official rules, visit www.cashcourse.org/my-story.
Student Loan Debt Help
After graduation when you seek to start a career, raise a family, buy a home, launch a business and/or save for retirement, debt can leave you feeling overwhelmed, burdened and out of options. Feeling like this doesn’t have to be your reality — you DO have options to manage and overcome federal student loan debt.
HCC's Financial Coaches are committed to informing students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members about public service loan forgiveness and affordable, income-based federal student loan repayment options
HCC accepted The White House Student Debt Challenge because it wants to see its future, current and past student Eagles, along with the community and its faculty and staff, soar beyond the burden of debt.
The White House Student Debt Challenge is a call to action for colleges, universities, non-profits, businesses, state and local governments, and other employers to help borrowers understand their options; enroll in income-based federal loan repayment plans and/or public service loan forgiveness programs; and avoid delinquency and default.
Click here to learn more about repayment options.
COMING SOON : Where to Go If You Need Help - Resource Guide
HCC Financial Coaches connect you to on-campus and community resources that will help you: achieve academic success; push through financial emergencies; make refunds last longer; and start really moving toward financial security.
Please check back for a resource guide that will let you know what is available when you need help.
How Financial Coaches Support Community Partners
What Financial Coaches Offer: Community Partners, Non-profits, Governmental Agencies and NGOs
Established in 2014, HCC Financial Coaches EDUCATE, EMPOWER AND EQUIP the Houston community with resources to:
- Increase financial literacy.
- Reduce financial barriers to completion of higher education workforce or academic programs.
- Overcome financial emergencies.
- Achieve financial security.
Financial Coaches support community partners' effort by:
- Equipping them with tools to educate clients about how FAFSA and financial aid works.
- Offering financial aid workshops to clients.
- Connecting students to partners’ offerings including, but not limited to housing, utility, food, transportation and healthcare.