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About the Equity Project

About the Equity Project

The Equity Project at Housatonic Community College is designed to support students in meeting their goals and completion of their degree.

Equity Project is a one-year (two semester) commitment that begins in the Spring semester.

This program provides students with financial supports and incentives, campus resources and connections, learning opportunities, and financial literacy education to help students achieve academic success and closer to their goals.

Equity Project Participants have access to:

  • Career/Professional Skills Development
  • Financial Literacy Education & Workshops
  • One on one Achievement coaching
  • Wrap Around Supports
  • Academic Support & Resources
  • Financial Assistance & Incentives
  • Scholarships
  • Fun & Engaging Events!

What We Mean by Equity:

The guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all while striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of underrepresented and marginalized groups. The principle of equity acknowledges that there are historically under-served and under-represented populations and that fairness regarding these unbalanced conditions is needed to assist equality in the provision of effective opportunities to all groups.

Equity is grounded in the principle of fairness. In higher education, equity refers to ensuring that each student receives what they need to be successful through the intentional design of the college experience.


  • Has earned up to 30 college credits
  • Enrolled in at least 6 credits per semester while in The Equity Project
  • Low-income
  • Completed FAFSA for upcoming academic year
  • GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Intentions to consecutively enroll at HCC as part-time, full-time, or noncredit to credit pathway.
  • Identifies as being a part of an under-represented group including but not limited to the following:
    • first-generation student
    • citizenship status (undocumented)
    • LGBT+
    • Minority students
    • other