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. Students facing financial emergencies due to COVID-19 or other reasons below are encouraged to apply for emergency aid based on need eligibility requirements. 

  • Childcare
  • Change in income or job loss
  • Healthcare costs
  • Food
  • Natural Disaster or National Disaster/Crisis/Pandemic
  • Rent/Mortgage
  • Temporary Shelter
  • Technology (computer or wifi/internet access)
  • Transportation
  • Tuition/fees (only for international students who need tuition assistance to maintain F1 status)
  • Utilities (gas, electricity, water and/or lights)
  • Other

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 hcc.specialgrants@hccs.edu.

  

 

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

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 the unemployment form for the appropriate award year. The unemployment form can be found at https://www.hccs.edu/applying-and-paying/financial-aid/financial-aid-forms/.  
 
If you experience a loss of employment but do not qualify for unemployment benefits, please complete our special circumstances form.

 

Financial Aid Adjustment for Students WithOUT Approved Unemployment Benefits

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

 

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.

Eligibility

  • Be a US Citizen or eligible non-citizen.

  • Submit the 19-20 or 20-21 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.

 

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.

 

COVID-19 Resources and Reports

Contact

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