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. 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 below are encouraged to apply for emergency aid based on need eligibility requirements.
- Change in income or job loss
- Healthcare costs
- Natural Disaster or National Disaster/Crisis/Pandemic
- Temporary Shelter
- Technology (computer or wifi/internet access)
- Tuition/fees (only for international students who need tuition assistance to maintain F1 status)
- Utilities (gas, electricity, water and/or lights)
Below you will find details, eligibility requirements and application links 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 email@example.com.
Financial Aid Students' Emergency Aid Options
Federal Emergency Cash Grant (CARES Act) | Summer 2020 Fund Exhausted (Application Closed as of June 16 at 6 pm)
We understand that students are experiencing expenses related to the disruption of campus operations as a result of the COVID-19 national crisis and we encourage you to stay safe as you pursue your educational goals.
HCC is currently out of emergency funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) provided from the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was distributed to assist students that continue to be affected by the current COVID-19 crisis. HCC will not have additional emergency fund assistance until the fall 2020 semester.
The application is now closed. We are completing the process of distributing funds for those who completed the online application for the summer. Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve and will be processed in the order they were received.
Eligibility Criteria used Summer 2020 HEERF Funding:
- Have been enrolled at HCC during the spring 2020 semester at the time the college closed (spring break) as a result of COVID-19.
- Be Title IV eligible and have been awarded Title IV funds for any time during the 2019-2020 aid year.
- Enrolled and attending Summer 2020 term.
- Complete the online request form.
- Funding available – distributed on a first-come, first-service basis.
The funding provided to HCC under the CARES Act was made available to Title IV eligible enrolled students affected by COVID-19. Title IV eligible students are those with a completed and processed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file.
Financial Aid Adjustment for Students with Approved Unemployment Benefits
Financial Aid Adjustment for Students WithOUT Approved Unemployment Benefits
Hurricane Harvey Recovery Grant
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.
For more information about the Harvey Recovery Grant and how to apply, click here.
Non-Financial Aid Students' Emergency Aid Options
Swoop to the Rescue Emergency Aid Fund | Application Closed | Fall 2020 Return
The deadline to request SWOOP funds has passed was May 17, 2020. The Financial Aid Office will continue to process applicants who applied prior to the deadline.
We understand that students are experiencing expenses related to the disruption of campus operations as a result of the COVID-19 national crisis and we encourage you to stay safe and patient as we evaluate the availability of emergency funding for Summer and Fall 2020.
Please note: The SWOOP to the Rescue Emergency Fund will not return for Summer 2020. However, it will be available for the Fall 2020 semester.