Financial Aid COVID-19 Q&A

Financial Aid COVID-19 Q&A

We understand that the COVID-19 situation has many of our students facing challenges in employment, childcare availability and course delivery. During this time, we understand you need immediate up-to-date information regarding your financial aid eligibility. 

You can rely on this Q&A page for the most up-to-date information regarding HCC’s Financial Aid services. It will answer your questions about ways to contact Financial Aid Office; disbursements and refunds; emergency aid; Work-Study; books; relief for federal student loan borrowers; and process for private scholarships.

How to Contact Financial Aid

4 Ways to Reach Financial Aid

Financial Aid Announcement | Starting Monday, July 27th - Monday, August 31st our office hours will be as follows:

Monday - Thursday 8 AM to 8 PM

Friday - 8 AM to 5 PM

Saturday - 9 AM - 1 PM

 

Call
Students can reach financial aid by phone at: 713-718-2000 option 2. Please note, we may be experiencing unusually high call volumes so if you are unable to reach us by phone, please email or submit your questions using our online Financial Aid Resolution Center. We will get back to you by email as quickly as possible.

Email

We have a team of financial aid advisors and assistants available to answer your questions in a timely manner. To ensure we adhere to identity verification requirements, we are requiring all students to communicate with the Financial Aid Office using their HCC student email accounts. Please use your student email account to email the Financial Aid Office at finaid.district@hccs.edu. To access your student email, please visit: myeagle.hccs.edu and select the email icon/tile.

Submit Questions to the Resolution Center

We also have the Financial Aid Student Resolution Center as a resource. Please use this if you have a financial aid issue that needs review and resolution. You can submit your question/issue by clicking here

Virtual Advising

Want to speak to a financial aid advisor over video chat? We have a team of financial aid advisors available to help walk you through the financial aid process and help you overcome any challenges you may be experiencing. For more information on how to book a session, please click here.

Check Your Financial Aid Status Online

To check your financial aid status and checklist items, please visit the Student Service Center at myeagle.hccs.edu.

  • Select the Checklist tile/box to view Financial Aid to-do list Items that will note what documentation or forms you need to submit.
  • Select the Financial Aid tile/box to view financial aid award amounts and statuses.

 

How to Submit Documents

Students are encouraged to check their financial aid to-do list items and submit requested forms or documentation through the Student Service Center. To check your Financial Aid to-do list items, visit myeagle.hccs.edu; login; and select the Checklist tile/box to view Financial Aid to-do list Items that will note what documentation or forms you need to submit.

Most financial aid forms can be submitted online by clicking here. Please only submit forms that are on your to-do list. Any forms that require in-person submission will need to be notarized before submitting electronically. If you are unable to obtain a notarized copy, please contact the Financial Aid office by email or phone and we will make arrangements for you to get the forms and documentation to us.

 

 

Financial Aid Students' Emergency Aid Options

Federal Emergency Cash Grant (CARES Act) | Summer 2020 Funds 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 Reduction or Loss of Income

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 2020-2021 FAFSA income data. 
 
If you experience a loss or reduction of employment or are receiving unemployment benefits, please complete our Special Circumstances Form located on our online forms page. We may be able to update your FAFSA data with more current information that may increase your eligibility for federal or state aid.

 

 

Hurricane Harvey Recovery Grant

Students who were affected by Hurricane Harvey can still apply for and receive the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Grant. You can submit the application online at: https://proone.proed.org/docusign/proDocDocumentRequest/?formId=444.

More information about the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Grant is available at www.hccs.edu/emergencyhelp.

 

Non-Financial Aid Students Emergency Aid Options

Swoop to the Rescue Emergency Fund | Application Closed | Fall 2020 Return

The deadline to request Spring SWOOP funds 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 view other funding options available for financial aid students. 

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. 

 

 

General Financial Aid COVID-19 Updates

Disbursements and Refunds

The Financial Aid Office will continue to disburse and refund financial aid funds remotely.

Based on delayed start dates, students enrolled in Second 8 Weeks, Third 4 Weeks and Second 6 Weeks courses will have a one-week delay for disbursement and refunds.

Please know we will process funds as quickly as possible and will communicate updates. You can view the most up-to-date disbursement and refund schedule here: www.hccs.edu/disbursements-refunds.

 

Work-Study

Students in a federal or state Work-study position will no longer report to their jobs or be required to work remotely. The remaining amount of their Work-Study award for the Spring semester will be paid in two lump sum installments on April 15 and April 30.

To view total amount of your Work-Study Spring award, please visit the Student Service Center at myeagle.hccs.edu and select the Financial Aid tile/box to view financial aid award amounts. Once you confirm your total Spring award amount, subtract that from total amount of hours/work you were paid for from January 1 through March 30 – this number will be the amount you will receive in two lump sum installments. For questions about Work-Study, please email hcc.workstudy@hccs.edu.

 

Withdrawals

We know students are facing additional responsibilities at home and work, and a shift in how courses are accessed. Please know it’s still important for you to stay enrolled and pass courses.

At this time, federal regulations still require the Financial Aid Office to count withdrawals for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) evaluation and make adjustments to financial aid awards when enrollment statuses change. More information about what happens when you withdraw from courses covered by financial aid is available by clicking here

 

Books and Access Codes

In light of the current situation with Coronavirus and the need to maintain social distancing, we’re offering students two options to purchase and access books.
 

Online Bookstore Access | We are pleased to report that students can access services online and the Bookstore is currently offering Free Shipping for Online Orders.

Please place your order on the website at www.hccs.bncollege.com. HCC Student Financial Aid, B&N Gift Cards and Major Credit Cards are accepted forms of payment. For items in-stock, normal shipping time will be 1-2 business days after order is placed.

For students utilizing a Bookstore Voucher outside of HCC Student Financial Aid, student will need to send a direct email to sm515@bncollege.com notifying us of their need to use a Bookstore Voucher and we will work with them to facilitate the necessary documentation to complete an Online Order for Home Delivery. These voucher agencies include, but are not limited to, VA Chapter 31, Baker Ripley, and TX Workforce Commission.

HCC students will also have free access to Barnes & Noble's online self-tutoring and writing resources via www.bartleby.com. Through June 15, students will have access to 10 free step by steps solutions and tutoring, per month, from Bartleby Learn, as well as free premium access to a 24/7 virtual writing center through Bartleby Write.


Students may email their questions using the contact form here: hccs.bncollege.com. Bookstore representatives will be available to respond Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm and Friday from 9 am to 1 pm.


Free E-books Resource | HCC partnered with our digital course materials platform, VitalSource, and leading publishers to launch VitalSource Helps.

If you previously accessed textbooks via the library, shared a book with a classmate, or left your books on campus, visit www.bookshelf.vitalsource.com to access free ebooks through May 25. VitalSource Helps provides access to tens of thousands of ebooks, although some content may not be available.

 

Loan Repayments

The president signed the CARES Act into law, which, among other things, provides relief for federal student loan borrowers. For details about how the CARES Act impacts federal student loan repayment, defaulted loans, and Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF), read our latest updates from Federal Student Aid here: https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus#borrower-questions

 

Scholarship Checks Process

Students receiving outside scholarship funds should have their scholarship checks sent to address below.

Houston Community College
ATTN: Cashier's Office - Mail Code 1116A
3100 Main Street, Houston TX  77002

Checks will be processed once a week by the cashier's office and emailed to the HCC Scholarship Coordinator. Questions regarding outside privately funded scholarships should be emailed to finaid.district@hccs.edu.

 

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