Student Emergency Funds

Apply For Student Emergency Funds


Housatonic Community College Foundation

The Student Emergency Fund was created by generous donors to assist Housatonic Community College (HCC) students who have encountered an unforeseen financial emergency or hardship that would prevent them from continuing their education at HCC. These funds are not intended to be used for routine expenses.

Student Emergency Fund Guidelines

Requests must be urgent in nature, reflecting short‐term financial hardship for which the student could not have been prepared. Students may receive only one award per year, with no expectation of repayment.

Applicants must be currently enrolled at HCC and must be in good standing.

Funds will not be given directly to students, but rather to HCC, the Follett bookstore or vendors. Applications and amounts will be considered on a case‐by‐case basis through a rapid review process. Awards will be both confidential and genuinely respectful.

Qualifying expenses are listed in the drop-down box below. Emergency awards are a maximum of $250. Grocery store gift cards are a maximum of $100.

    Expenses not covered include, but are not limited to:
  • Non‐essential utilities (such as cable TV)
  • Credit Card payments
  • Household or furniture costs
  • Parking tickets
  • Routine expenses
  • Chromebooks, laptops: Request a loaner by clicking here. (limited supply available; first come, first serve)

The number of students who can be assisted by the Student Emergency Fund is subject to the availability of funds. Submission of application request does not guarantee funds approval.

Priority will be given to students whose tenure at HCC may be at risk because of unexpected expenses.


Please complete the following application to request student emergency funds:

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If you are requesting a book – Upload required book(s) & current Student Schedule/bill. Find your book here: https://www.bkstr.com/housatonicccstore/shop/textbooks-and-course-materials

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If you are requesting a payment to help cover tuition balance after financial aid is applied – Upload a current Student Schedule/bill
Find your bill & schedule here: https://ssb-prod.ec.commnet.edu/luminis/login.html

If you are requesting payment for rent of utility bill – Upload entire bill including vendor mailing address and account number

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