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Student Emergency Assistance Fund

The Student Emergency Assistance Fund provides financial assistance to students who are unable to meet basic needs due to an emergency. The fund provides short-term financial help and does not replace or supplement financial aid.

What can this fund cover?

The Student Emergency Assistance Fund covers short-term, unanticipated emergencies. Emergencies are defined as urgent, unforeseen, and non-recurring.

Emergencies may include:

  • Emergency car repairs
  • Medication and other costs related to emergency medical care
  • Replacement of essential personal belongings or temporary housing needs due to fire, flood, theft, or natural disaster
  • Safety-related needs (e.g. changing a lock)
  • Other emergency situations that may impact your ability to fully participate in your academic enrollment at TCC

What does this fund not cover?

This fund typically does not cover the following:

  • Penalties, fines, tickets, legal fees, or jail bonds
  • Lost IDs or meal cards
  • Normal and anticipated academic expenses (e.g., tuition, fees, health insurance, books, rent)
  • Non-essential utilities, household or furniture costs not related to damage or theft
  • Costs for entertainment, recreation, or non-emergency travel
  • Replacement of non-essential personal items due to fire, flood, theft or natural disaster
  • Anticipated expenses (e.g., annual car inspection)

Long-term needs will be directed to the Office of Student Financial Aid and/or community resources. Financial aid options can include self-help aid such as loans or work-study.

How much money can be awarded?

Up to $500. The amount you receive will depend on your application and the approved amount after review. Please note you must submit documentation of qualifying expenses for any amount awarded.

How soon do I receive funds?

It can take 3-5 college business days to review your request.

If approved, the funds will be distributed through the BankMobile refund method you have chosen with Financial Aid. If you do not have BankMobile set up, please visit the TCC BankMobile page for instructions.

Typically, funds are distributed within a week after the application has been approved.

Do I need to submit receipts?

Yes. You must submit a copy of your receipt(s) to EB.SSI@tccd.edu within 5 days of receiving funding. The receipt(s) must show that the Student Emergency Assistance Fund money was used for the intended purposes highlighted on your application.

Failure to submit these receipts may result in being ineligible for future Student Emergency Assistance Fund money.

What if I need the money as soon as possible?

Reviews of requests can take 3-5 business days. This timeframe does not include the disbursement timeframe.

Do I need to repay the funds?

No. Unlike a loan, money awarded through this fund does not need to be repaid.

How do I qualify for the Student Emergency Assistance Fund?

The Student Emergency Assistance Fund is available to credit (including dual credit and early college high school students) and non-credit (CEE) seeking students in specific programs.

To qualify for the Student Emergency Assistance Fund, you must meet the below qualifications.

Credit seeking students must:

  • Be enrolled in 6 or more credit hours at TCC during the semester in which you apply
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Not have received the Student Emergency Assistance Fund within the current calendar year

Non-credit (CEE) seeking students must:

  • Be enrolled in 96 or more contact hours at TCC during the semester in which you apply
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Not have received the Student Emergency Assistance Fund within the current calendar year

What documents do I need to support my request?

Requests without documentation will not be reviewed.

Your documentation must help verify the circumstances of your funding request and the requested amount.

Documentation can include (but is not limited to):

  • Medical bills
  • Essential utility bills
  • Police reports or court records
  • Invoices pertaining to one of the listed covered expenses

What happens after I submit my request?

Once your request and all supporting documentation have been submitted, your request will be reviewed to determine a funding amount.

If you're approved, you will be notified through your myTCC email within 3-5 business days. This timeframe does not include the disbursement timeframe.

How do I submit my request?

Fill out the online Student Emergency Assistance Funds Application.

Who can I call if I have questions?

Please contact the Director of Student Conduct and Prevention Education on your campus if you have any questions.

Northeast Campus

Peter Fiannaca
817-515-6649
peter.fiannaca@tccd.edu

Northwest Campus

Leon Minor
817-515-7141
leon.minor@tccd.edu

South Campus

Belinda Lopez
817-515-4827
belinda.lopez@tccd.edu

Southeast Campus

Kecia Baker-Morris
817-515-3215
vekeisha.baker@tccd.edu

Trinity River & TCC Connect Campuses

Tim Cason
817-515-1331
timothy.cason@tccd.edu

Updated September 09, 2020