Emergency Help

Help for Financial Emergencies and Disaster Recovery

We get that while you're working hard to manage bills, work, family and school — "life" can shift your focus away from class. "Life" can happen in a lot of different ways. 

  • A global health crisis liKe COVID-19 causing loss of income. 
  • Natural disasters set you back financially.
  • Unexpected bills or make it impossible to cover basic needs.  
  • A loved one needs your financial support. 
  • Your living situation changes for the worst.  
  • A car accident affects you being able to work or get to class.

Whatever the case may be, we have resources to help you not let a financial emergency take your attention away from school.

Students facing financial emergencies due to COVID-19 or other reasons are encouraged to submit Swoop to the Rescue Emergency Fund form online by clicking here

Below you will find details for aid available to help with financial emergencies or disaster recovery. If you are approved to receive emergency aid funds, you will not have to pay those funds back. For questions, please email hcc.specialgrants@hccs.edu.

Swoop to the Rescue Emergency Fund - For Current Students

The HCC Financial Coaches’ Swoop to the Rescue Emergency Fund helps qualifying students who are facing an unexpected financial emergency: books, supplies, food, transportation, housing, daycare, disaster recovery and/or medical.


  • IS a fund created to assist current HCC students who are facing financial emergencies
  • IS designed to help current students avoid dropping out when unexpected financial emergencies occur.
  • IS NOT a loan that is expected to be repaid or a type of funding that affects your financial aid award package.
  • IS NOT a secondary form of college funding or a permanent solution.


  • Be a current HCC student facing an unforeseen financial emergency or hardship that would otherwise prevent you from completing your education.
  • Be enrolled at least 6 credit hours at HCC.
  • Have a FAFSA or TASFA form for current aid year on file, *unless you are an International Student. 
    • International Students facing a financial emergency because of COVID-19 pandemic may apply.  
  • Submit any requested documentation. 

Complete Swoop to the Rescue Application application (click to complete application) with a written explanation of need, supporting documentation and amount requested.


HCC Financial Coaches will review your application and respond within seven business days. 

**Submission of application is not a guarantee of funds. 


Hurricane Harvey Recovery Grant - For Current, Returning and New Students

The Hurricane Harvey Recovery Grant will provide assistance to qualifying students who were affected by Hurricane Harvey. The grant can cover tuition, fees, books, transportation, housing and/or childcare assistance.


  • Be a US Citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Submit the 19-20 FAFSA Application.
  • Be enrolled in 6 or more credit hours.
  • Have documentation that outlines damages or losses caused by Hurricane Harvey.
    • This includes FEMA, Insurance Claim, Red Cross, and Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) Documentation. Other documentation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you aren’t sure what documentation to submit, please email a financial coach at hcc.specialgrants@hccs.edu
  • Have documentation that shows you resided in one of the 54 counties affected by Hurricane Harvey. 
    • Copy of your lease, utility bill or mortgage statement that shows you (the student) resided in one of the areas designated by FEMA as a Disaster Declaration County impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
    • If your name is not on the lease or bill because you live(d) with a parent, please also upload a copy of your birth certificate.
    • Click here to view Harvey declared disaster counties. 

Hurricane Harvey Recovery Grant Application Process

  • Meet eligibility requirements.
  • Submit an application (click to complete application)
    • Attach all requested information and supporting documentation.

Once you submit an application, you will receive an email to confirm we received it. Within seven business days, a Financial Coach will review your application and reach out. 


**Submission of application is not a guarantee of funds.



 For questions about any of the disaster recovery or emergency funding options, please email hcc.specialgrants@hccs.edu.