ECTC Student Emergency Assistance Fund | ECTC

ECTC Student Emergency Assistance Fund

The ECTC Student Emergency Fund provides financial support to students who need immediate and temporary assistance to stay on track toward their educational goals.

Award amounts are up to $500 and are not required to be repaid. Students are eligible for one ECTC Emergency Fund award in a 12-month period, and for a maximum of two awards during their enrollment at ECTC. 


Students must be able to provide documentation showing they have a temporary financial need resulting from an unexpected situation. In addition, students must:

  • Be in good standing with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher
  • Be currently enrolled in at least 6 credit hours at ECTC
  • Be making progress toward an academic goal
  • Have considered other possible resources (such as insurance, financial aid, or funding from community organizations)
  • Have not received student emergency funds within the last year
  • Agree to work with the Office of Institutional Advancement to write a letter to donors who support this fund and share the impact of the gift (may be done anonymously)

Students who are seeking funding should use all offered financial aid resources before being awarded emergency funding. Emergency funding may be taxable and could require reporting to the IRS by the student.

Examples of Covered Expenses:

  • Sudden loss of housing
  • Essential utilities
  • Childcare
  • Emergency Medical/Dental Costs not covered by health insurance
  • Loss of essential items due to theft, fire, natural disaster
  • Safety needs (i.e. – locks changed, etc.)
  • Automotive repairs or transportation assistance

Expenses Generally Not Covered:

  • Tuition/Fees
  • Health Insurance
  • Household or furniture costs not related to damage or theft
  • Parking tickets, fines, or legal expenses
  • Costs for entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel or other non-essential expenses

Exceptions to these guidelines will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Before You Apply

Before you apply for the student emergency fund, check to see if you are eligible for any of the following resources.

  • Tuition, books, and course fees
  • Family Scholar House is a free resource to support student and family success both inside and outside the classroom. Family Scholar House is available to provide resources and help you determine what benefits you may qualify for. Just call their response center at 502-289-6384, Monday- Saturday from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. You can also take a benefits survey to find resources you may be eligible for and receive a $25 Amazon gift card for your time.
  • Computer needs or internet connectivity
  • Food
  • Employment
  • Healthcare
    • The Community Health Clinic provides basic health and dental care, prescription assistance, advocacy, and education to those who are uninsured and underinsured.
  • Call United Way’s free 2-1-1 hotline to talk to a community resource specialist.
  • ECTC students in manufacturing and allied health programs are also eligible for assistance from community partners. Click here to apply for their emergency fund awards:

How to Apply

  1. Complete the Student Emergency Fund Application.
  2. Do not submit multiple applications. This will cause a delay in processing your request.
  3. The Emergency Fund Coordinator will contact you via email or phone once the application has been received and reviewed. The coordinator will be your point of contact for the Emergency Fund and may have follow-up questions or need additional information before the review committee can make an award decision. Please be sure to respond to any communications regarding the request so it can be reviewed and award decisions can be made in a timely manner

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