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President's Student Emergency Fund

The President’s Student Emergency Fund was created by the HCC Foundation, with President Christina Royal and through the generosity of alumni and friends, in order to assist students who encounter an unforeseen financial emergency that would prevent them from continuing their education. The Student Emergency Fund is intended to assist students so that they may continue their studies and successfully complete their coursework. Dollars are intended for unexpected emergency expenses. Applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis based on the criteria listed below.

In light of the challenges our community is facing during the coronavirus pandemic, we are being flexible with our review of applications to the Emergency Fund. If you are experiencing emergency hardship at this time, we encourage you to apply.

To be considered eligible, the student must:

  1. Be currently enrolled at HCC and successfully completed six credits or be enrolled in noncredit workforce development or continuing education courses
  2. 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 Holyoke Community College
  3. Consider and/or utilize other sources of funding and support as appropriate, such as those provided through Thrive (Frost 223), Food Pantry (Frost 223), Career Closet (KC 207), potential student loans, etc., unless these and/or other sources are unavailable in a sufficiently timely manner.

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, for example, 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 HCC
  • 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:

  1. The urgency of the situation
  2. The student’s overall financial picture and level of hardship
  3. Whether other resources/support available to the student have been utilized

HCC aspires to be a college of academic excellence known for helping students overcome barriers to success. With this in mind, all applications for Student Emergency funding will receive careful consideration, and every effort will be made to ensure that students are provided access to the resources necessary to enable them to succeed and thrive.

The following resources are available to help students overcome barriers to achieving their educational goals:

Thrive Center
FR 233

Food Pantry
Thrive Center (FR 233)
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Career Closet
Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Financial Aid
FR 201
Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

If you have questions regarding the President’s Student Emergency Fund, please contact:

Nelson Lopez
Special Projects Assistant

Click here for a PDF of the application, which takes about 15 minutes to complete. The form may also be completed and submitted online.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Nelson Lopez at

To support the President's Student Emergency Fund, please click here.

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