Student Emergency Assistance Grant

Grays Harbor College offers emergency assistance to students who experience a financial emergency or unanticipated expenses, causing financial hardship. The purpose of emergency financial assistance is to provide a low barrier option for students who are experiencing unexpected emergency expenses. The goal is to cover expenses that affect a student’s ability to stay in college and complete their education. Students may seek support with temporary, short-term financial assistance. Emergency financial assistance is not intended to provide ongoing relief of recurring expenses or as a consistent supplement for educational purposes.

Emergency financial assistance is available for expenses outside of the typical student budget that may hinder the student’s academic progress. Costs must be for current year while enrolled at Grays Harbor College. Costs for a previous or future academic year will not be considered. Each application is considered on a case-by-case basis.

Expenses Covered by Emergency Funding

Examples of emergencies to be considered include, but are not limited to:

  • Emergency medical expenses, prescription eyeglasses, or essential dental work
  • Food or transportation needs
  • Travel expenses due to serious illness or death in the immediate family
  • Overdue utility bills reaching a turn-off notice
  • Homelessness or sudden loss of housing
  • Loss of childcare
  • Safety needs, including the needs of victims of domestic violence
  • Replacement of essential personal belongings due to fire or natural disaster
  • Technology needs
  • Textbooks and other program required supplies

Eligibility Requirements

All currently enrolled and actively attending Grays Harbor College students may apply for emergency financial assistance. Each applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Experience an emergency, accident, illness, or other unforeseen event among the “covered” examples above
  • Currently enrolled student at the college;
  • Able to provide documentation of potentially covered expenses (ie copy of the bill, etc).

Application Process

If you are experiencing an emergency that may affect your ability to complete your education, please fill out the application below and learn about additional resources available.

Apply for Basic Needs Funding