Short-Term Emergency Fund
Cuyahoga Community College provides temporary assistance to students who encounter emergency situations for educational expenses such as books, tuition, fees, and other expenses. The Student Financial Aid & Scholarships Office has limited funding available to assist students on a first -apply, first served consideration basis, as funds are available. Fund availability is dependent upon student repayment of awards. The maximum available award is $350.*
NOTE: Eligible students may receive one Short-Term Emergency Fund per academic year. The financial aid academic year is Fall, Spring, and Summer. To request an application for Short-Term Emergency Funds, please visit the Student Financial Aid & Scholarships Office on any campus. Requests for the purchasing of computers cannot be approved. The Technology Learning Center (TLC) provides students, faculty, staff, and community users access to computers with high speed Internet and various software applications. For transportation needs, Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) is pleased to support the RTA Student U-Pass program. U-Pass, which is short for "Universal Pass," allows Tri-C students to ride free of charge on all Greater Cleveland RTA buses and rapid trains during specific academic semesters.
Emergency Fund Request Period
Applications will be available during the dates listed below, provided funds are available*.
- Fall 2017 Semester: August 18, 2017 through September 11, 2017
Eligibility and Award Criteria
To be eligible, a student must:
- Apply for Ohio Benefits Bank to be considered for public benefits, if applicable.
- Be enrolled at least half-time (six semester credits) and maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C).
- Be in good financial standing with the College – a student may not have any outstanding debts at Tri-C or be in default on any student loans.
- Have completed a FAFSA, which is on file with the Student Financial Aid & Scholarships Office.
- Demonstrate means to repay (financial aid, proof of employment, etc.)
- Provide supporting documentation or proof of an emergency situation. Students do not qualify for funds to meet everyday expenses or as payment for the purpose of paying past-due bills. Awards are made for emergencies per the Student Financial Aid & Scholarships Office.
- Cannot be a regular college employee or be a student receiving tuition remission.
Requests are processed within 7 business days.
- Funds will be made available by direct deposit or mailed to the student's home address.
- Funds to purchase books will be placed on the student’s My Tri-C Card and can be used at the Book Store.
- Students are notified by email when the Short-Term Emergency Fund request has been processed.
Repayment of Funds
Repayment is requested 90 days from the date of the award. Award repayment can be made to any campus Enrollment Center. If you are awarded financial assistance, repayment will be made from your financial aid before any funds are released. Failure to repay a short-term emergency fund will result in ineligibility of future short-term emergency funds.
Unused Emergency Funds placed on the student’s My Tri-C Card will be returned to the college after the awarding semester. Amounts over $5.00 will be refunded to the student if repayment was made by the student.