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Emergency funds may be mailed. Make sure your address is updated in MyPCC or your check may be sent to the wrong address.

Getting by while in college can be a challenge, and sometimes an expense comes up that you can’t avoid. That’s where these emergency funds come in. These funds keep students in school, preventing them from dropping out due to a short-term financial crisis.


Translation help

We have staff that can help translate emergency fund information – see a list of languages and translators.

How to apply

The Winter Term emergency grant application will open at the end of January. Please continue to keep checking this page for updated information.

If you have any questions regarding previous grant terms, please contact COVIDgrant-group@pcc.edu from your @pcc.edu email address and include your G#.

For more details, see questions and answers about emergency funds »

How are emergency funds distributed?

Funds will be distributed one of two ways: a direct deposit by BankMobile (similar to the financial aid refund process) or a paper check mailed by BankMobile. You’ll get an email from PCC indicating the amount of funds and the distribution method. BankMobile will send a follow-up email with further instructions for your distribution method. If you are getting a paper check, you’ll get a letter from BankMobile (see an example letter here). Regardless of your distribution method, check your mailing address to make sure PCC has the correct information.

About emergency funds
The HEERF grant

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provides funds to students for expenses related to the cost of attendance or emergency costs due to the disruption of the pandemic. The CARES, CRRSA, and ARP Acts direct colleges to distribute these funds to those with the greatest financial need. If you have questions about this grant, contact COVIDgrant-group@pcc.edu.

This grant does not need to be repaid.

Funds can be used for

Emergency costs that arise due to the coronavirus or any component of the cost of attendance:

  • tuition and fees
  • food
  • housing and utilities
  • books, supplies, and course materials
  • technology for school
  • healthcare
  • childcare
  • expenses related to a disability
  • emergency costs that arise due to the coronavirus
Emergency funds and taxes

Receiving an emergency grant can have tax implications, and you may want to consult a tax advisor. You may need to report grants on your tax return:

  • HEERF Emergency Grant: does not need to be reported on tax returns. The IRS has given guidance on this – see HEERF tax info on IRS.gov.
  • GEERF Emergency Grant: the IRS has not given guidance on this – consult a tax advisor.