Basic Needs Emergency Grant

Have you had an unexpected expense or major life event causing you to think about dropping or reducing units?

The Basic Needs Committee has Emergency Grant funding available to help you stay enrolled! The goal is to provide immediate, short-term assistance to help students directly stabilize their situation and continue on their journey of educational success.

Requirements to Qualify

  • Must demonstrate exceptional need resulting from a sudden, unexpected emergency, that will interfere with your courses during the Summer 2024 semester.
  • Students MUST provide documentation of the emergency (ex. pay or quit notice, utilities shut off notice, copy of overdue bills, medical bills, etc) that has caused this financial burden.
  • Must be actively enrolled in Summer 2024 course/s, meaning your Summer course must have already started. Funds will not be disbursed until your course begins.
  • Students can only be awarded if they have submitted the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 Financial Aid Application to the Columbia College Financial Aid Office.
  • Columbia College must be your primary school of attendance during the semester you are applying.

Emergency Grant Guidelines

  • Award amounts will be decided based on financial need, statement, documentation provided, and funding availability.
  • Processing time is approximately 2-3 weeks and may be delayed if sufficient documentation is not provided.
  • Funding is limited and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. Priority will be given to first time awardees.
  • Students may apply more than once in a 12-month period, if the emergency is different than your previous request and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. There is a maximum award amount that students can receive per academic year.
  • If you owe tuition or fees with the Business Office, those fees will have to be taken out of your grant funding and you will then receive the remaining funds.
  • Applications submitted with AI generated statements will not be reviewed. We are requesting you to detail your situation in your own words.
  • The Basic Needs Committee meets weekly and will review applications from the previous week. If you have additional questions regarding this timeline, email for a prompt response.


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