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

HEERF III Second Round - Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund | Available March 2022

HCC understands that many of our students continue to experience financial constraints as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. HCC has received $59 million as part of the third round of HEERF funding, which will be used to advance our commitment to helping our students that have been affected by the current economic crisis.

Please be advised that, to our knowledge, HEERF III is the last round of HEERF funding. The Federal Government has not announced an extension of the CARES Act Program to any other rounds of HEERF funding.

 

Funds are available to eligible students in attendance on a first come, first-serve basis. Funding is not guaranteed and will be distributed until all funding is spent.

 

Due to limited funds, only students who did not receive first-round HEERF funding for Spring 2022 will be eligible to receive second-round funding. Students who received funds for round-one will not have the option to request for round two.

 

Please be advised:

  • The online request form will be available beginning March 21, 2022. See instructions on how to request funding below.
  • Funding will be applied directly to the students billing account unless specifically requested as a refund.

 

Deadlines to Request Funds:

  • Form will be available beginning on March 21, 2022
  • Deadline to complete form is April 1, 2022
  • Funds distributed week of April 6, 2022

 

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Due to limited funding, only students who are enrolled for Spring 2022, who did not receive funds during the first round of HEERF for the Spring 2022 semester, will be eligible for second round funding.
  • Students will be able to use this funding to cover any costs of attendance. This can include tuition, books, technology, childcare, healthcare, housing, food, etc. 

 

How to Request HEERF III Emergency Grant Funds:

  • Log into your HCC MyEagle Student Sign-In account
  • Click on the Eagle Resources Tile – bottom of screen
  • Click on the Federal Emergency Cash Grant – left side of screen
  • Complete the form and submit

 

If you are having trouble accessing the Federal Cash Emergency Grant Form, try these steps to gain access.

  • Clear your browser cache
  • Closeout your browser and reopen
  • Switch your browser (if using Chrome, switch to Firefox or vice versa)
  • Restart your desktop/laptop

 

Students have the option to have the grant applied to their billing account or receive the grant through the HCC refund process.

 

Process for Setting Up Your Refund Preference (if not already done):

  • Log into your HCC MyEagle Student Sign-In account
  • Go to the Financial Accounts tile
  • Select “Choose a Refund Option” on the left side of screen
  • Follow the instructions

IMPORTANT: For students who don’t have an existing refund preference through BankMobile, please wait 24-48 hours after requesting emergency grant funds for the refund preference option to become available. refunds will be delayed for students who do not complete this requirement.

 

HEERF Emergency Aid Coming to an End

Please be advised that, to our knowledge, there will be no more federal emergency aid for COVID-19. HEERF III – Second Round will be the last round of HEERF funding. Students still experiencing financial constraint are encouraged to take advantage of the resources listed below.

 

Federal Supplemental Ed Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

SEOG is a federal grant program based on extreme financial need for students who are Pell eligible. HCC eligible students can receive up to $1,000 per term. Students are automatically considered for this grant based on the results of their FAFSA applications. Only students with extreme financial need are awarded as funding is limited. Click here to review all eligibility requirement for SEOG funding.

 

Financial Aid Adjustments for Students Experiencing Reduction/Loss of Income or Benefits:

If you completed a FAFSA application using taxed or untaxed income that has changed due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for an adjustment to your 21-22 or 22-23 FAFSA income data.

  • If you, or any of your family members listed on the FAFSA, are receiving unemployment benefits, please complete our Special Circumstances Formlocated on our online forms page
  • If you experience a loss of employment but do not qualify for unemployment benefits, please complete our Special Circumstances Formlocated on our online forms page.

 

Discounted and Free Technology Resources:

Click here to learn more about HCC’s discounted and free technology resources available to students.

  • Technology loaner program
  • Free and reduced cost computers and Wi-Fi
  • Free software (Microsoft, Adobe, and more)
  • Technology and Password Support Hotline
  • Silver Eagle Technology Program (for students 55 and older)

 

HCC Cares Program:

HCC Cares partners with the Houston community to provide support to students with financial trouble. HCC Cares offers assistance with basic needs items such as hygiene products, houseware, bedding, kitchen, and more. Students looking for additional assistance and information on internal and external resources should complete the Basic Need Questionnaire.

 

Financial Aid Adjustment for Students Experiencing Reduction/Loss of Income or Benefits

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 2022-2023 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
  • Technology loaner program
  • Free and reduced costs computers and wifi
  • Free software (Microsoft, Adobe and more) for students
  • Technology and Password Support Hotline
  • Silver Eagle Technology program (for students age 55)

 

Community Resources

Visit hccs.edu/cares to learn about and access community resources for basic needs and mental health.

 

COVID-19 Resources and Reports

Contact

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