Student Emergency Grant

STUDENT EMERGENCY GRANT
The Student Emergency Grant Fund at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) operates to provide short-term financial support to students experiencing an enrollment-threatening financial emergency. The Student Emergency Grant is only for sudden, unexpected, or unforeseen occurrences that require immediate attention and would otherwise impact a student’s ability to remain enrolled at CPCC.

Students can be awarded the Student Emergency Grant one time only.

EXAMPLES OF EMERGENCY EXPENSES

-        Temporary loss of income

-        Temporary loss of child care

-        Temporary housing needs due to homelessness or sudden loss of housing

-        Replacement of essential items dues to fire, theft, or other natural disaster.

-        Safety needs (i.e. changing a lock)

-         Medical or dental emergencies

-        Transportation emergencies

EXAMPLES OF EXPENSES NOT COVERED

-        Tuition, fees, and books

-        Non-essential utilities (i.e. cable/satellite)

-        Entertainment/recreational costs

-        Non-emergency travel expenses

-        Non-emergency medical expenses

-        Past college debt

ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible to qualify for the Student Emergency Grant, you must:

-        Have an immediate financial need due to sudden, unexpected, or unforeseen occurrences that require immediate attention.

-        Have completed a minimum of 6 credit hours completed at CPCC

-        Be registered at CPCC during the semester in which the funds would apply and be enrolled a minimum of 6 credit  hours

-        Be in compliance with Satisfactory Academic Progress, with a minimum 2.0 GPA

-        Complete and submit the Student Emergency Grant application

-        Provide documentation of the emergency (bill, invoice, legal notice, etc.)

-        Complete a Benefits Screener through your My College account or in the Single Stop office

-        Have not previously received a Student Emergency Grant

STUDENT PARTICIPATION
Students receiving a Student Emergency Grant must complete a Benefits Screener before completing the application. The student will meet with a Financial Counselor and complete the pre-determined online financial modules through the Single Stop office within 30 days of receiving the Student Emergency Grant.  Students receiving a Student Emergency Grant will also work with a Single Stop Coordinator to explore need and means of obtaining additional CPCC and community resources that will support financial capability.

GRANT AWARD & PAYMENT
The maximum amount of the Student Emergency Grant may not exceed the amount of the immediate emergency need, up to a $250 maximum award.  Payments will be disbursed by the CPCC Foundation and will be paid via credit card or check directly to the third party provider. For example, if a student needs to pay a past due utility bill to prevent electricity from being cut off, the funds would be paid directly to the electric company on behalf of the student.

Funds awarded through the Student Emergency Grant Fund are not loans, and do not require repayment.  The Student Emergency Grant Fund is not a substitute for financial aid and students who are seeking funding will be encouraged to explore other financial resources.

STUDENT EMERGENCY GRANT APPLICATION STEPS

  1. Complete the Student Emergency Grant Application online.
  2. Complete the Single Stop Benefits Screener through the Single Stop office or through “My College”.
  3. Single Stop staff will make every attempt to expedite both the review process and the payment process for approved applicants.  Students applying for this emergency grant will be contacted by phone and/or email, and may be scheduled to meet with a Single Stop staff member in person to review the request, secure appropriate documentation, and explore additional support resources.

Disclaimer
All attempts will be made to ensure a prompt decision and funding for the Student Emergency Grant. Not all applications received will be approved. The Student Emergency Grant is not intended to pay for routine expenses or be a consistent resource to supplement a student’s educational expenses. Each circumstance is unique and the amount of the award may vary. Emergency assistance to non-eligible students may be allocated based on a case-by-case basis as determined by the Student Emergency Grant Committee. Funds will be available to students on a first come first served basis and/or until the established funds have been depleted.

Central Piedmont Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious belief, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status or age.

GIVING TO THE STUDENT EMERGENCY FUND
The number of students benefiting from the Student Emergency Grant Fund is limited to the availability of funds. The fund must be sustained by continual contributions from alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends of the College to ensure continued success.

To contribute, please contact the CPCC Foundation at 704-330-6869 or give now at Student Emergency Fund Giving .