Apply For Student Emergency Funds

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 calendar year, with no expectation of repayment.

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

No checks are given directly to students, but rather to HCC, the Follett bookstore, utility companies or businesses that need to be paid on your behalf, so a mailing address is required. Applications and amounts will be considered on a case‐by‐case basis through a rapid review process. Requests will be both confidential and genuinely respectful.

Expenses not covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Non‐essential utilities (such as cable TV)
  • Credit Card payments
  • Household or furniture costs
  • Loan payments
  • Parking tickets
  • Routine expenses
  • State and federal payments (Taxes, State ID, Driver’s license, etc.)
  • No lodging (Hotels/Motels)
  • Online bills/payments (All payments are mailed directly to businesses)
  • 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.

IMPORTANT! No online/credit card payments are available. Only checks are written for qualifying expenses are listed on the application. The maximum amount per emergency request is UP TO $250. Students may only submit one application per calendar year/365days

Please complete the following application to request student emergency funds:

The Housatonic Community College Foundation

The HCC Foundation expands access to quality, affordable higher education and works closely with the college to enhance the learning experience and workforce development education and training of students.  As a 501 (c)3 tax exempt organization, its mission is to solicit, secure and manage contributions from the private sector through philanthropic individuals, corporations and foundations for the benefit of Housatonic Community College. 


The HCC Foundation works to ensure every student knows the support and generosity of the community—a community that believes in them and is committed to equipping them with resources to attain their educational goals.

Donate here today

Contact the HCC Foundation

Location: 900 Lafayette Blvd, Bridgeport
Phone: 203.332.5078
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