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. Whatever the case may be, we have resources to help you not let a financial emergency take your attention away from school. Current students facing financial emergencies during the semester due to COVID-19 or other reasons are encouraged to apply for available emergency aid based on need eligibility requirements.

Below you will find details, eligibility requirements and application process 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.

Emergency Aid Resources

SWOOP to the Rescue

FOR FINANCIAL AID, NON-FINANCIAL AID AND INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

SWOOP to the Rescue Emergency grant provides one-time grants to help students with urgent requests related to issues such as healthcare, childcare, housing, and transportation. The deadline to apply for SWOOP to the Rescue Funds for Fall 2020 is Friday, November 20, 2020.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be enrolled in 6 credit hours
  • Must be degree-seeking at HCC and must not be attending another institution
  • Must be meeting SAP
  • Must be facing an emergency that can be supported through documentation

HOW TO APPLY

  • Apply for SWOOP Funds by clicking here.
  • All applications will be reviewed. Submission of an application does not guarantee funds. 
     

SET UP REFUND PREFERENCE (if not already done):

  • Log into your HCC MyEagle Student Sign-In account.
  • Go to the Student Center Tile.
  • Select “Choose a Refund Option” below the "Account Summary"
  • Follow the instructions.

 

 

Financial Aid Adjustment for Students Experiencing Unemployment

FOR FINANCIAL AID STUDENTS


If you completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using taxed or untaxed income that has changed due to the COVID-19 national crisis, you may be eligible for an adjustment to your 2019-2020 and/or 2020-2021 FAFSA income data. 
 
  • If you, or any of your family members listed on the FAFSA, are receiving unemployment benefits, please complete our Special Circumstances Form located on our online forms page

  • If you experience a loss of employment but do not qualify for unemployment benefits, please complete our Special Circumstances Form located on our online forms page

 

Discounted and Free Technology Resources

FOR ALL STUDENTS

 
We have resources to support you during remote/online learning. Click here to learn about the options below
  • Free Outdoor/Parking Lot Wifi at our campuses
  • Reduced cost home wifi
  • Discount computers
  • Free software available to HCC students

 

Federal Emergency Cash Grant (CARES Act) | Available to Apply September 22, 2020

FOR FINANCIAL AID STUDENTS


Houston Community College understands that many of our students are experiencing expenses related to the disruption of campus operations as a result of the COVID-19 national crisis. HCC received a Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) Grant created under the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which will be used to advance our commitment to helping our students affected by the current COVID-19 crisis.


The Federal Emergency Cash Grant will be available to eligible students on September 22, 2020. The deadline to complete the application for Federal Cash Grant Funds is October 9, 2020


ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Have completed the FAFSA for 20-21 and be awarded federal aid
  • Enrolled in 6 or more credit hours for fall 2020 regular and second start classes
  • Must be meeting SAP
  • Did not receive CARES act funding for Spring or Summer 2020

STEPS TO REQUEST FUNDS

  • Log into your HCC MyEagle Student Sign-In account.
  • Click on the Eagle Resources Tile (bottom of screen)
  • Then, click the Federal Emergency Cash Grant Request Form - Right side of the Screen
  • Complete the form and submit.
  • Please allow 3 to 5 business days for the refund to be processed and available to you based on your selected refund preference.

    Submission of an application does not guarantee funds. Funds are distributed out on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be distributed until funds are spent.

SET UP REFUND PREFERENCE (if not already done):

  • Log into your HCC MyEagle Student Sign-In account.
  • Go to the Student Center Tile.
  • Select “Choose a Refund Option” below the "Account Summary"
  • Follow the instructions.

 

Tech Ready Emergency Grant | Available to New Students September 10 - 18, 2020

FOR FINANCIAL AID AND NON-FINANCIAL AID STUDENTS NEW TO HCC

We understand that many of our students are experiencing technology expenses related to the disruption of campus operations as a result of the COVID-19 national crisis. Moving to an online learning environment can come with added costs and challenges. HCC has created a Tech Ready Emergency Grant only available to new students entering HCC for the first time Fall 2020.

The Tech Ready Emergency Grant application will be available for eligible students beginning September 10, 2020. Eligible students will receive email communication for further instruction on how to apply.

The deadline to complete the application is September 18, 2020, and funds will be distributed the week of Sept. 24th.

 

 

 

Hurricane Harvey Recovery Grant | Funds Exhausted (Application Closed as of September 16, 12 PM)

FOR FINANCIAL AID STUDENTS

Due to high response, HCC Hurricane Harvey Recovery Grant application is now closed. Financial Coaches are completing the process of reviewing applications and approving funds for those who completed the online application prior to the closing of applications on September 16, at 12 PM. For students approved to receive the grant, funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, and will be processed in the order they were received.

Submission of an application does not guarantee funds. 

 

 

COVID-19 Resources and Reports

Contact

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