We recognize that students may experience a personal emergency which requires more immediate funds or financial help. To address these concerns, the College has established the Safety Net Fund.
What is the Safety Net Fund?
The Safety Net Fund is a funding grant program created primarily to support FGLI ( first generation and/or low-income) students in addition to other students who may have a difficult time accessing living necessities, access to technology, and or other needs to support a successful academic learning (i.e., food, shelter, internet access). This fund does not replace the loss of student wages, but it can help offset the impact on your ability to meet your essential needs while also assisting students from having to ask multiple sources for support.
When can I apply for the Safety Net Fund?
The Safety Net Fund is open from Tuesday, January 17, 2023 - Monday, April 24, 2023
Spring 2023 applications will not be reviewed until the week of January 23rd.
Who do I contact if I have questions or concerns?
If students would like to discuss the decision of the committee or have questions, they should email
email@example.com to set up a meeting with someone from the Office of Community and Belonging.
How Are Applications Approved?
The Safety Net Fund ensures an equitable and fair process in providing all students the opportunity to seek funds when they can find no other solution to a financial problem.
Students who need financial support to purchase books should first apply for a Book Advance. Information about the Book Advance is below.
When Are Applications Approved?
Applications submitted by Thursday before 5:00pm will be reviewed and receive an outcome letter regarding their their funding application between the following Tuesday, 2:00pm unless the campus is closed or otherwise notified
If approved for funding and/ or resources, the letter will include a confirmation form which must be submitted at least 24 hours in order to align with the 14 day process. Failure to submit the confirmation form in at least 24 hours will result in a delay of payment.
Applicants not approved will receive a denial outcome letter explaining why you were not approved for funding.
What is the Payment Process
For inquiries related to payments after you have an approved submission please email firstname.lastname@example.org and use DOS Emergency funds as the subject header.
Request for Book Advance
There is no local supplier of textbooks for MHC students and textbooks must be purchased online.
All students who do not have available funds to purchase books at the beginning of the semester and have no access to a credit card or other delayed payment method may apply for a Book Advance. Students who need a short term option to purchase books should complete this form. Payment will be due to the College by Friday, March 31, 2023.
Students can request up to $250.00 in a Book Advance.
How it works....
You will have the ability to charge $250.00 to your student account so that you can purchase your books with a pre-paid card. You can spend the rest of the semester paying this off instead of trying to front it all out of pocket.
Students who would like to apply for the Book Advance must complete this form by filling out the questionnaire below no later than Friday, February 10, 2023.
To apply for funding or support resources please fill out the forms below:
We recognize that some students may need financial support staying on campus during Summer. As a result, we are offering limited Safety Net Funding support for summer housing for those who meet the identified criteria listed below and in the application.
The costs for housing during summer of 2023 are:
The cost for transitional housing are:
All domestic and international students who meet the following criteria may apply for Safety Net Funding for Summer Housing 2023:
What is low-income? A low-income household is one whose income is low, relative to other households of the same size in their area/region. In the United States, a household is commonly classified as low-income, and may be eligible for certain types of government assistance, including Federal Pell Grant, if a household income is less than two times the poverty threshold, as determined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 2021 , a family of four living in the 48 contiguous states or Washington, D.C. would be considered low income if their household income was less than $53,000.
International Student Support
The Safety Net Fund works collaboratively with the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives to ensure that international students who meet the criteria listed above are supported. International students are generally considered to be students who are legally present in the United States on an F-1 of J-1 visa. Students who are not in those visa categories should contact Jenny Medina in the McCulloch Center to discuss
Additional Questions about the Safety Net Fund
This fund does not replace the loss of student wages, nor support tuition. It, however, can be a resource to offset the impact on your ability to meet your essential needs while also assisting students from having to ask multiple sources for support.
Students who have an on-campus job or are doing research during the summer must still meet at least one of the identified criteria.
To apply for summer housing fill out the form below:
Summer Housing 2023 Safety Net Fund Application
Remember, funding is not guaranteed, and students may be awarded less than the full amount requested. Each funding application is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.