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. 

  • Natural disasters set you back financially.
  • Unexpected bills 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. This page is a one-stop resource to share what help is available for natural disaster recovery and financial emergencies.

Below you will find details for the types of aid available. For questions, please email hcc.specialgrants@hccs.edu.

Swoop to the Rescue Emergency Fund

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 HCC students who are facing financial emergencies
  • IS designed to help 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 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.
  • 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

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.
  • Have documentation that shows you resided in one of the 54 counties affected by Hurricane Harvey. 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.


Qatar Harvey Scholarship - Application Closed

Students impacted by Hurricane Harvey were eligible to apply for the Qatar Harvey Scholarship, funded in partnership with Rebuild Texas and the government of Qatar. 

Due to an overwhelming response, the application closed December 9, 2019. Students whose applications were submitted before December 9, 2019 will be reviewed by December 18. Qualifying students will receive a scholarship that covers tuition, fees and books.

Please feel free to email any questions to hcc.specialgrants@hccs.edu




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