Homeless Student Emergency Fund

The Massasoit Community College Homeless Student Emergency Fund was established to provide quick-response emergency grants to financial aid-eligible Massasoit students who are facing homelessness. The goal of the Massasoit Community College Homeless Student Emergency Fund is to help students who become homeless to stay in school and learn the skills they need to become self-sufficient.

The Massasoit Community College Homeless Student Emergency Fund is not intended to replace existing financial aid nor is it a student loan.

To receive funds, the applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Meet the definition of homeless in the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001*
  • Complete and submit a Massasoit Community College Student Homeless Emergency Fund application
  • Submit documentation – written or oral – to support this emergency

Qualified expenses associated with homelessness include:

  • Public transportation
  • Meals

Expenses that do not qualify:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Health insurance and medical care
  • Parking or any traffic violation tickets
  • Entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel or non-essential expenses related to stabilization
  • Legal costs/fees
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Mobile phone bills
  • Any expenses deemed by the review committee to be excluded from the list

To apply:

  • Download the Massasoit Homeless Emergency Fund Application
  • Complete the application
  • Attach supporting documentation to the Massasoit Homeless Emergency Fund Application
  • Submit a completed application and supporting documents to the Massasoit Community College Homeless Student Emergency Fund, Academic Affairs Office, Room LA333 in the LA Building on the Brockton campus.

Once your completed application has been submitted, you will be contacted for a brief consultation. Individual grants will be awarded within 72 hours of receipt of your application.

* The term “homeless [student]”—

A. means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence …; and

B. includes—

i. children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of     housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement;

ii. children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings …

iii. children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and

iv. migratory children who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (i) through (iii).