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 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.