Crisis Grants

Hennepin Technical College provides assistance to students facing unexpected financial emergencies. Crisis funds were created to help students stay in college and achieve their educational goals.  Grants are awarded up to $500. Grants are awarded up to $500 and are available during fall and spring semester.


Crisis Grant applicants are required to:

  • Be a current student
  • Be enrolled in 6 or more credits
  • Provide documentation of the financial emergency. Advisors and Counselors can assist students through this process

Eligible Expenses Include

  • Utilities
  • Housing/Rent
  • Food/Meals
  • Medical/Dental Expenses
  • Personal Automobile Expenses
  • Public Transportation/Bus Pass
  • Child Care
  • Gas
  • Books

Ineligible Expenses Include

  • Tuition
  • Fees
  • Legal fees
  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Entertainment Expenses

Students may apply for an emergency grant during fall or spring semester up to $500.  Only one Crisis grant can be received through this program.

Note: If a Crisis Grant was previously received and the student is in need of additional resources, contact Enrollment Services at (952) 995-1300 and reference the Crisis Grant.


Meet with a counselor to complete and submit an application. Students are required to submit documentation that verifies their need for a grant. Documentation can include copies of bills, housing notices, etc.  Students will be asked to answer all questions completely, as approvals are based on information supplied.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.


If approved for funding, payment will be made to a third party, not directly to the student.  In most instances, award payments will be available within two business days after the application is completed and award has been approved.


Recipients agree to follow-up with a Hennepin Technical College Counselor for additional resources and support.


Recipient may be asked to participate in follow-up studies or promotional efforts, including sharing their story regarding how the Crisis Grant enabled them to stay in college.

The Crisis Grant is made possible by Great Lakes and the Hennepin Technical College Foundation.

Enrollment Services