Montgomery County Community College has received funding through generous donations to assist students experiencing financial hardships due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Who is eligible to apply?

Any student – undergraduate, domestic, international, or undocumented – is eligible to apply. Most funding requires that you are enrolled and attending classes in the current term. Each funding source has different criteria, meaning that your application will be matched with a fund for which you would qualify and subject to availability of funding.

What are the criteria to qualify?

To qualify for general emergency grant funding, at a minimum, you must:

    • Be currently attending classes in a degree or certificate program at Montco. Non-degree, guest students, and students who have graduated or withdrawn are not eligible for general emergency grant funding. New students must have started attending courses at the College to be considered for emergency grants.
    • Demonstrate a financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To qualify for HEERF II and HEERF III student emergency grant funding:

  • Students must have attended Montco on/after March 13, 2020. If you have graduated or withdrawn since March 13, 2020, have never received HEERF funding, and had a qualifying emergency prior to your last day of attendance, you may be eligible for a retroactive HEERF award up to $500.
  • New students must have started attending courses at the College as determine after week 2 semester attendance reporting is completed.
  • Demonstrate a financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

HEERF emergency grant tuition assistance funding to assist with current student account balances will only be considered as last resort option. To be considered, you must:

  • Be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Have an accepted 2020-21 or 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the semester in which the balance occurred.
  • Have completed all financial aid requirements (required documents, verification, etc.) and either:
    • Did not qualify for financial aid funding (i.e., exceeded Pell and/or Federal Direct Loan limits, in student loan default, not making satisfactory academic progress, etc.)
    • Did not receive enough financial aid funding to cover course load (Note: If you have eligibility for Federal Direct Loans, and have made a personal choice not to borrow student loans, we respect your decision. However, you cannot be considered for assistance with your student account balance in lieu of student loan borrowing.)
  • Certify the relief is due to COVID-19 circumstance.
How do I apply?

You can apply online by completing the Emergency Assistance request form.

Apply for Emergency Assistance

How often can I apply?

You may only apply for and receive emergency funding once per semester. Please note that students who receive automatic distributions of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding II (HEERF II or HEERF III) Grants are not eligible to apply for additional emergency funding.

How much will I receive?

The College received a limited amount of funds. We cannot guarantee that all applications submitted will be eligible for funding. Grant amounts will be determined based on the number of applications received and the specific needs presented in the application. Generally, the HEERF II and HEERF III funds awarded via the emergency grant application will not exceed $500 for emergency expenses and $1,000 for student account balances.

Please note that students who receive the automatic HEERF II distributions are not eligible to apply for additional emergency funding.

How do I receive the money?

Emergency grants will be processed through your Montco student account and, if you are enrolled in direct deposit, the funds will be deposited into the bank account on file. If you do not have direct deposit set up with the College, you will receive a refund check in the mail.

What other resources are available to help with personal finance and planning for financial emergencies?

PA Benefits Center

Many community college students are eligible for public benefits that can help pay for food, healthcare, childcare and more. The College has teamed up with national nonprofit, Benefits Data Trust, to support you in applying for public benefits. A Benefits Center specialists can walk you through the screening and application process for up to 14 benefits in one phone call.

Learn more about PA Benefits Center.

Financial Coaching with Financial Avenue

To help with personal finances, Montco is committed to providing our students with the opportunity for free financial coaching. Our partnership with Inceptia gives you access to Financial Avenue, a free online financial education program with topics ranging from budgeting and saving to student loan repayment to planning for life events such as buying a home.

  • Visit the Financial Avenue website
  • Select "Login" at the top of the page
  • Within the "Don't have an account?" section, select "Sign up now!"
  • Provide your access code – monty3 – and select "Sign up"
  • Create your account by populating the required fields

Download the Financial Avenue brochure for more information.