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When you experience a personal crisis or an emergency situation, circumstances may feel overwhelming.

AACC understands that unforeseen financial emergencies occur from time to time, and has established an emergency fund to help meet the immediate needs of students in crisis. If you’re experiencing a specific financial need because of a single traumatic event or an on-going crisis, a HelpLink grant may be able to provide short-term support.

HelpLink grants provide temporary, short-term financial help to students for critical expenses including:

  • Child care
  • Food
  • Housing (rental fees)
  • Living expenses (e.g., specified utilities)
  • Medical/health care (e.g., copays, equipment)
  • Textbooks/course materials
  • Transportation (e.g., bus fare, gas cards, etc.)

Please note that there are some limits to ways in which purchases can be made. Each applicant will work one on one with a member of the HelpLink team to ensure that they understand what they are eligible for and how the aid can be awarded.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a HelpLink grant you must:

  • Be enrolled in an approved program of study at AACC
  • Be in good financial standing (have no registration holds, fines or outstanding tuition or fees)
  • Be able to demonstrate financial hardship
  • Agree to participate in a free student success-related workshop or seminar
  • Not be under investigation or in violation of the Student Code of Conduct or other college behavioral policy

Referrals by Faculty

Faculty may initiate a HelpLink request for students by completing and submitting a HelpLink referral form located in the MyAACC self-services tab under faculty. 

Distribution of Awards

The HelpLink team considers many factors when making a decision to approve or deny an appeal, including:

  • The nature and urgency of the student's emergency
  • The totality of the student's hardships
  • Other resources or support the student may or may not have available to them
  • The specific and immediate impacts the emergency may be having on the student's living and academic circumstances

In most cases, students receive support via voucher or direct pay. Cash support is never issued. Applications are typically processed within three business days. A student may request assistance multiple times in a term, but HelpLink awards do have limitations, as the program is designed to offer short-term emergency support, and is not a sustainable long lasting aid option.

How to Apply

If you have questions or concerns, you can contact us via e-mail at studenthelplink@aacc.edu

Complete your online HelpLink application.

Confidentiality

The office of the Dean of Student Engagement shall serve as the custodian of HelpLink records, which are confidential and considered official education records subject to the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA). Information about the student or their circumstances will be shared only with third parties who have a legitimate need to be informed and only at the request or permission of the student seeking support.

How to Donate to HelpLink

If you would like to support HelpLink, you can make your gift through the AACC Foundation, via credit card or PayPal, through our online form. If you prefer to send a check, make it payable to the AACC Foundation, write "HelpLink" in the memo line and mail to the AACC Foundation, 101 College Parkway, Arnold, MD 21012-1895.

Questions?

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Helplink Team

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