Emergency Assistance

Grays Harbor College offers emergency assistance to students who experience a financial emergency or unanticipated expenses causing financial hardship.  Students may seek support with temporary, short-term financial assistance.  Emergency funding is not intended to provide ongoing relief of recurring expenses or as a consistent supplement for educational purposes.

Emergency assistance are unanticipated or unusual expenses outside of the typical student budget that may hinder the student’s academic progress.  Costs must have been incurred while enrolled at Grays Harbor College, and costs for a previous or future academic year will not be considered.  Each case is considered on its own merits.

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

Expenses Not Covered by the Emergency Fund

  • Tuition, books, fees, health insurance, and study abroad costs
  • Non-essential personal bills such as: current utility, credit card, cable, internet, cell phone, etc.
  • Parking tickets, library fines, or other expenses mistakenly incurred
  • Funds for the replacement of lost or stolen items

Eligibility Requirements

Grays Harbor College students may apply for emergency funds. Each applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate financial hardship
  • Experience an emergency, accident, illness, or other unforeseen event among the “covered” examples above
  • Be currently enrolled as a full-time, degree-seeking student
  • All other resources, including loans through the Office of Financial Aid, have been considered and are insufficient, unavailable, or not available in a timely manner

Application Process

If you are in need of emergency financial assistance, you can conveniently complete an application online.  You must complete the application in full and submit supporting documentation when requested and as the situation allows.  You may be required to meet with Student Life staff to discuss your application and other departments from Grays Harbor College maybe consulted in determining eligibility for funding.   

Award Information

  • A decision on your request will be made without discrimination to race, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or age
  • You will be notified via email about the decision of your request
    • Check your email often
  • You must write a sincere handwritten thank you to the donor of the emergency fund to which you received

For information on the application or award process please contact the Juan Navarro at 360-538-2527 or juan.navarro@ghc.edu.



Giving to the Emergency Fund

Students who benefit from emergency funding are deeply grateful for the support of the Foundation at a difficult time in their lives. The number of students benefiting from emergency funding is limited to the availability of funds. Funding must be sustained by continual contributions from alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends of the College to ensure continued success. 

To contribute, please visit Make a Contribution and select Emergency Fund from the drop down.