Student Emergency Fund Guidelines
Supporting students as they transform their lives.
We are aware that sometimes in life, unexpected crises arise. The Student Emergency Fund is designed to assist students who encounter an unexpected, short-term financial emergency that would prevent them from continuing their education. Our goal is to assist students so that they may continue their studies and successfully complete their coursework. To submit a request please complete the Student Emergency Fund Request form. All requests for funding receive careful consideration and every effort is made to ensure that students are provided access to resources necessary to enable them to succeed and thrive. Requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis following the guidelines indicated below.
To be considered eligible, the student must:
- Be currently enrolled at STCC and successfully completed at least six (6) credits
- Be in good academic and disciplinary standing
- Demonstrate financial hardship due to an emergency situation, or for unanticipated and compelling circumstances that jeopardize the student’s ability to successfully continue with academic pursuits at STCC
- Consider and/or utilize other sources of funding and support as appropriate including those provided through the STCC Center for Access Services.
Expenses that will be considered include, but are not limited to:
- Temporary housing and/or utilities expenses due to homelessness or housing insecurity
- Emergency medical, dental, or mental health expenses that are not covered by insurance
- Replacement costs of essential personal belongings in the event of fire, theft, or natural disaster not covered by insurance
- Temporary support costs for a student in a dangerous situation due to threats or acts of violence
- Support for emergency dependent-related expenses such as child care
Expenses that will not be considered are as follows, but not limited to:
- Tuition, fees, books, and other standard expenses associated with attending STCC
- Non-essential utilities (i.e. cable), household, or furniture costs not related to damage or theft
- Costs of optional programs, entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel, and other non-essential expenses
- Parking tickets and legal fees
Priority for Student Emergency Funds will be given based on:
- The urgency of the situation
- The student’s overall financial picture and level of hardship
- Whether other resources/support available to the student have been utilized
Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA)
On December 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) was signed into law. This new law supplements the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), and permits the U.S. Department of Education to distribute additional funds to institutions of higher education in order to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). A portion of the funds disbursed shall be used for making emergency assistance grants directly to students. Priority for awarding emergency grants will be given to students with exceptional financial need, such as students who receive Pell Grants. However, students who are not Pell recipients or are enrolled exclusively in distance education courses are also eligible to apply for an emergency assistance grants. In most cases, the maximum amount of an emergency grant will not exceed the maximum amount of a Federal Pell Grant for 2020-21 ($6,345.00). A student is eligible for only one grant, and only one application will be considered per student.
A student may use an emergency grant to pay for any component of his/her cost of attendance, including an outstanding account balance and/or tuition and fees, as well as for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care. In order to be eligible for an emergency assistance grant, a student must be currently registered and complete the COVID-19 Application for Emergency Financial Aid Grants in its entirety.