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Crisis Grants

Hennepin Technical College has assistance available for students facing unexpected financial emergencies during the fall 2021 semester. The crisis grants were created to help students stay in college and achieve their educational goals. Funds are dispersed on a first come, first served basis to eligible students while funds last.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Crisis Grant applicants must:

  • Be an individual who is or was enrolled at HTC on or after March 13, 2020, the date of declaration of the national emergency due to the coronovirus. 
  • Not have received a crisis grant this fall 2021 semester or previous enrolled semesters
  • Have an eligible expense from the list below
  • Institutions are required to prioritize students with exceptional need and domestic students.

Eligible Expenses Include:

  • Utilities
  • Housing/Rent
  • Food/Meals
  • Medical/Dental Expenses
  • Personal Automobile Expenses
  • Public Transportation/Bus Pass
  • Child Care
  • Gas
  • Books or course materials
  • Classroom technology support
  • Academic support
  • College tuition and fees (not eligible to be paid by the HTC Foundation grant dollars)

Not-Eligible

  • Unenrolled HTC students (not taking classes or credits at HTC)
    • This includes programs through Customized Training Solution (CTS) which are non credit programs
  • Tuition waiver

APPLICATION PROCESS

  1. Complete a Crisis Grant Application online for fall 2021 semester (students requesting funds for future semesters are not available until that specific semester begins)
  2. Your application will be reviewed for eligibility and you will receive an email following up within two business days
    1. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the massive increase in crisis grant applications, the communication follow ups will be delayed for another few days. Pakhoua Vang will be in touch about application updates
  3. If you are eligible for a crisis grant, you may be required to submit a copy of an eligible bill/expense to be paid. Some students may be eligible for a direct grant payment from federal stimulus funds
  4. Please check your eServices account to make sure direct deposit is set up. If you would like a paycheck sent, please make sure the address is updated on your eServices account

PAYMENTS

  • Federal Stimulus Funds Crisis Grants - If approved, a direct payment will be made to the student's account using direct deposit. If no direct deposit is set up, a check will be mailed to the student's address in eServices.
  • HTC Foundation Crisis Grants - If approved for funding, payment will be made to a third party, not directly to the student. Foundation Crisis Grants are available up to $500 one time per academic year.
    • You must have been funded through the Federal Stimulus Funds Crisis Grants' team first before being eligible to get funded through the HTC Foundation Crisis Grants' team.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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.

QUESTIONS?

Contact Pakhoua Vang at pakhoua.vang@hennepintech.edu or 763.488.2878.