Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund (SEF) is made available in part by grant funding from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation and in cooperation with the Counseling/Advising department, Financial Aid and the Foundation.  The SEF assists Rochester Community and Technical College students by providing financial support when they need assistance with unexpected emergency expenses surrounding situations such as accidents, illnesses, death of a family member, transportation issues, fire damage or need for temporary housing. Students are referred to the Counseling/Advising department, room SS133 in the main building or by phone at 507-285-7260.  Students will meet one-on-one with a counselor or advisor to assist them with discovering resources both on and off campus.  Student resource information is available.

Expenses Covered by the Emergency Fund:

  • Medical expenses
  • Housing
  • Utilities
  • Transportation, car repair
  • Back up child care
  • Others, not listed

Expenses Not Covered

  • Tuition, fees, health insurance, books, tools
  • Non-essential utilities (i.e. cable), household or furniture costs not related to damage or theft
  • Parking tickets
  • Costs for entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel or other non-essential expenses

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must have a financial hardship resulting from an emergency, accident or other unexpected critical incident
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled students and Pell recipients
  • Applicants must complete an online application and submit supporting documentation

Application Process

Students who are in need of emergency financial assistance should contact the Counseling/Advising Department at 507-285-7260 or in person at SS133.  The receptionist will assist students in meeting with a Counselor or Advisor to discuss their situation.  Students will receive support in identifying campus and community resources to assist them with their emergency.  Students are required to complete an application and submit supporting documentation to be considered.  The Dean of Student Success in conjunction with Financial Aid reviews the submitted applications and determines the appropriate funding amount.  Funds distributed do not generally exceed $500.