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Everyone needs help from time to time and AACC stands ready to assist to students who may be facing financial crisis. Our financial aid officers will help you navigate through social and community services. Short-term issues may be addressed through AACC’s food pantry, or Helplink, a source of grant money for which students in need can apply.

Emergency Funds

If you are experiencing unforeseen financial circumstances, you may request support from the HelpLink program. HelpLink awards are designed to offer short-term support to currently enrolled students who are at risk of being unable to complete their educational goals at AACC due to sudden or unexpected financial barriers, including those resulting from COVID-19 disruptions. Learn more about the HelpLink program.

Complete your HelpLink application.

HelpLink funds are provided in the form of direct and specific assistance. HelpLink awards will be mailed/shipped directly to students, and/or processed online to honor social distancing practices.

Food Pantry

The Office of Student Engagement is a distribution partner of the Maryland Food Bank. Our campus pantry at AACC was created in partnership with the Maryland Food Bank and provides food to individuals and families in our community. 

We are currently offering AACC food pantry services remotely, through delivery of nonperishable, shelf-stable items. Students, faculty and staff experiencing food insecurity may request a one-time delivery or weekly deliveries. Inquiries and sign-up requests may be sent to us via email at studenthelplink@aacc.edu. Delivery boxes will include nutritious staples such as pasta, peanut butter, canned tuna, canned vegetables and other items as we work to ensure we have an adequate supply of emergency food available to meet an anticipated uptick in demand. If you have a dietary restriction, please indicate that in your request.

If you have additional questions about food pantry services, email studenthelplink@aacc.edu.

Note: We will provide direct shipment to the AACC student, faculty or staff member. We are unable to ship food to your family or friends.

Financial Aid

If you are homeless or in foster care, you may qualify for special tuition waivers, but regardless of your living status, please consult with a member of our financial aid team.

Mental and Physical Health Services

If you’re struggling financially while going to school, you may be experiencing mental and physical stress. Please schedule an appointment with one of our personal counselors and contact Beth Mays from our Health & Wellness Center.

Questions?

We’re here to help.

Office of the Dean of Student Engagement

Tiffany Boykin

410-777-2305

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