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QCC Emergency Assistance Grants

 QCC recognizes the financial stresses our students are facing due to the COVID-19 crisis. Limited Emergency grant funds are available to assist students with their financial needs related to the pandemic.

  • Course Expenses:  Apply for Financial Aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 
    • If you intend to enroll in the Fall 2022 semester, you should submit the 2022-2023 FAFSA as soon as possible.  
    • If your income has changed from 2020 (the income year reported on the 2022-2023 FAFSA), you may request a reevaluation of your financial aid eligibility. 
    • If you are not able to apply for or qualify for financial aid (including student loans), please email emergencygrant [at] qcc.mass.edu so we can determine if we can help.  Be sure to include your QCC ID Number and email from your Qmail address, if you have one.

              Contact the Financial Aid Office if you need assistance with applying for financial aid or requesting a reevaluation of your eligibility.

  • College Laptop:  If you are unable to purchase a laptop for your course(s) and would like the College to send you one, please email emergencygrant [at] qcc.mass.edu. Include your QCC ID Number, Name, Shipping Address, and Phone #.  While supplies last, the College will ship a laptop for you to keep (paid for through a federal grant) that will meet most students' educational needs.  You must be registered for Summer 2022 and/or Fall 2022 courses to qualify. 

    Please note that the College Laptop will NOT meet the higher technology requirements for the programs below.  Students in these programs can check with their program coordinators to ask if there are any laptops available to be loaned. Students may also use excess financial aid to purchase educational technology (funds are typically available through the federal student loan program).
    • Computer Information Systems
    • Computer Science
    • Computer Science Engineering Technology
    • Electronics Technology
    • Electronics Engineering
    • Engineering
    • Interactive Media
    • Manufacturing
  • QCC Emergency Assistance Grant: Email emergencygrant [at] qcc.mass.edu from your Qmail account to inquire about funding availability. Be sure to include your QCC ID Number and a brief description of what you need funds for. The application has been taken off the website due to extremely limited funding remaining.  We will send you a link to the application if it appears we have funding available that we can use to assist you. Please note that receiving the link and completing the application does not guaranty funding. Currently, QCC has exhausted all federal and state emergency grant funds.  If additional funds become available, we will update this website.

Eligibility Criteria

You must:

  • be enrolled in and attending the current semester, AND
  • have exceptional financial need

To maximize your eligibility, please submit a  2022-2023 FAFSA. The majority of the current funding available requires students to complete the FAFSA and meet all federal and/or state financial aid eligibility requirements for the semester in which they are receiving funding.

Funding is limited. The application will remain open while funds are available. Applying allows you to be considered, but does not guaranty funding. Eligible students will generally be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. If awarded, we may not be able to meet your full financial need. The application may be closed or your request may be delayed or denied if funding is exhausted. 

Currently, QCC has exhausted all federal and state emergency grant funds. If additional funds become available, we will update this website.


Funding Sources

Students will be considered for assistance through the following emergency grant programs:

  1. QCC Foundation Grants - Limited funding is also available through generous donations by and to the QCC Foundation.  These funds are currently exhausted, though some may become available in later Summer or Fall 2022.
  2. Federal Emergency Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (Emergency SEOG) - These funds are very limited and require a completed FAFSA.  Students must be eligible for federal financial aid funding to qualify for this grant.  - These funds are currently exhausted, though some may become available in later Summer or Fall 2022.
  3. MA Public College Emergency Grant - These funds are limited and require a completed FAFSA.  Students must be eligible for federal and MA state financial aid funding to qualify for this grant.  These funds are currently exhausted.
  4. Other State or Institutional Grants - As available.

How to apply for Emergency Grant Assistance

Students must complete the QCC Application for Emergency Assistance Grants to request funding. The College will use the information provided to determine emergency grant eligibility and the amount of a grant. Please note that not all students will qualify and QCC may not be able to meet the full financial needs of all that do qualify. QCC has a limited amount of funding, and we appreciate students only asking for the amount needed so we can serve as many students affected by the coronavirus as possible.

Requests will generally be reviewed within three weeks of their completed submission. Awarding of funds will be made on a case-by-case, “first-come, first served” basis. 

All information regarding your eligibility for emergency grant funding will be sent to your Qmail account, if you have one. Students who are not assigned a Qmail account will receive communication via the email account we have on record. Funds will be disbursed through your student account.  In most cases, federal emergency grants and most QCC Foundation funding sources will be refunded directly to you regardless of any balance you may owe to the College. You may provide written authorization for the College to apply your federal emergency funds to your student account balance, if the grant is intended to pay your course costs. Institutional funds and some Foundation funds may be applied to balances owed to the College by the student first at the College’s discretion. 

Emergency Assistance Grant – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

You might have “exceptional financial need” if you any of the following are true:

  • You qualify for the Pell Grant when applying for federal financial aid
  • You have low income
  • You receive federal income-based benefits, such as Transitional Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Supplemental Nutritional Assistance (SNAP)
  • You have lost your job or had a reduction to your work hours
  • You are at risk of eviction from housing
  • You are unable to meet payment obligations for basic living expenses each month
  • You do not qualify for low income federal assistance programs (for reasons other than income)

This list is not exclusive. It is possible to have some of these circumstances and not feel you have an exceptional financial need, and similarly you may have circumstances not listed above that cause you to have exceptional financial need. If you are unsure, please email emergencygrant [at] qcc.mass.edu for assistance.

Federal, state and institutional emergency grant funds are able to be used by students with exceptional financial need for any component of a student's Cost of Attendance (tuition and fees, books and supplies, food, housing, utilities, health care, child care, and other related costs) or emergency expenses related to coronavirus. 

Emergency Grants for Tuition and Fee expenses will generally be considered for students with exceptional financial need who have exhausted all other avenues of funding.  The majority of the funds currently available do require that the student meet federal and/or state financial aid requirements.  If you are looking for assistance with your course costs, please email emergencygrant [at] qcc.mass.edu for assistance.

A FAFSA is not required to be considered for Foundation Emergency Grant funds, but we encourage you to apply to be considered for other financial assistance through federal and state programs.  This is also the primary source of assistance for course-related costs for students who meet the eligibility criteria.

Students seeking funding for Fall 2021, Spring 2022, or Summer 2022 must complete the  2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  We strongly recommend that you use the FSA ID process to sign.  If you are able, using the IRS Data Retrieval tool is the most accurate and efficient way to complete your FAFSA.  The College will receive your FAFSA in 5-7 business days if you sign electronically. The FAFSA will request income from 2019- please supply this as requested.  If your income has changed since that time due to the pandemic or other extenuating circumstances, please contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss a reevaluation of your eligibility based on your 2020 or current income.

Please contact the Financial Aid Office at financialaid [at] qcc.mass.edu or call 508.854.4261 for questions regarding how to submit the FAFSA.

To qualify, you must:

  • be currently enrolled in classes
  • be accepted to a Title IV eligible degree or certificate program at QCC
  • submit the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.  Verification may be required.
  • Not be in default on any educational loan or in repayment of any educational grant.
  • Be making progress toward a degree or certificate program according to the standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • Use the funds to pay for unexpected expenses or cover unmet financial needs as the result of a qualifying emergency.

To qualify, you must:

  • be currently enrolled in classes
  • be accepted to a Title IV eligible degree or certificate program at QCC
  • submit the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen under Title IV regulations.  Verification may be required.
  • be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts for at least one year prior to the start of the academic year (prior to 9/1/2020 for the 2021-2022 academic year).
  • not be in default on any educational loan or in repayment of any educational grant.
  • be making progress toward a degree or certificate program according to the standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • has not earned a Bachelor's Degree

The College will use the information you provide on the QCC Application for Emergency Assistance Grants to determine your eligibility for and the amount of a grant.  We will be limiting the maximum dollar amount awarded to each applicant based on the rules of the funds available and to try to assist as many students as possible.  Please note that not all students will qualify and the College may not be able to meet the full financial needs of all that do qualify. 

Generally, the funds received through this program do not need to be repaid.  However, if you have received Emergency SEOG, all or a portion of those funds may need to be returned based on a Return of Title IV Funds calculation if you withdraw from the semester.

Federal emergency funds received through the CARES Act, CRRSAA, or ARP will not impact your financial aid award, due to a special exception in federal law. 

However, emergency funds received from the QCC Foundation, some state sources, or the Institution are considered a resource for the student and must fit into a student’s financial aid award, if they have one. If you have already received a financial aid award that meets your financial aid need and/or your Cost of Attendance, we may be required to reduce other funds. QCC will reduce student loan funds before other grants when required.  Because most emergency funds are refunded to the student regardless of any balance due, in rare cases, required adjustments can create a balance due to the College. You will receive a revised award letter any time a change is made to your Financial Aid Award. 

Yes, students can apply if they continue to experience financial hardships while QCC has available funding.  Priority may be given to students asking for funding for the first time when funds begin to run low. If a student has received the maximum Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) award, we will try to assist through other programs.  The program is scheduled to continue as long as the funding is not exhausted and while the federal emergency is still in effect due to the pandemic.

The application will remain open while funds are available.  Applying allows you to be considered, but does not guaranty funding.  Eligible students will generally be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  If awarded, we may not be able to meet your full financial need.  The application may be closed or your request may be denied if funding is exhausted.

For semesters which have not yet started, the federally declared emergency due to the pandemic must still be in effect.

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  1. If you are enrolled in a degree or certificate program at QCC, please contact us at emergencygrant [at] qcc.mass.edu for questions regarding how to submit the application.
  2. If you are participating in programming through the Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education, please contact Kate O’Connor at  kaoconnor [at] qcc.mass.edu for questions regarding how to submit the application.
  3. If you are participating in programming through the Adult Community Learning Center,  Community Bridges or Bridges to College programs, please contact Kimberly White at kwhite [at] qcc.mass.edu for questions regarding how to submit the application.

If you have not already done so, you may still submit a 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for financial aid for the Fall 2021, Spring 2022, and/or Summer 2022 semesters.

Be sure to select QCC to receive your application electronically.  Eligibility criteria do apply, and additional information may be needed to determine your eligibility. Please reply to all requests for additional information by QCC promptly.  If your income has changed due to the pandemic or other extenuating circumstances, please contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss a reevaluation of your eligibility based on your 2020 or current income.

Please contact the Financial Aid Office at financialaid [at] qcc.mass.edu or call 508.854.4261 for questions regarding how to submit the FAFSA.and financial aid eligibility.

QCC will prioritize Foundation Emergency Grant assistance to:

  • Students who are actively enrolled in a degree or certificate program for the Spring 2022 semester, OR actively participating in programming through the QCC Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education or the QCC Adult Community Learning Center. 

Institutional grant resources will be considered, when available, in the same manner.  Limited institutional grant resources are mainly available as part of the financial aid process.

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