Emergency Funds

What Are Emergency Funds?

Emergency Funds are a one-time award to assist students with unforeseen expenses that may cause a student to withdraw from school. Emergency Funds can be used once per academic quarter. Awards vary depending on student need and resources available.

Awards are available for costs associated with:

  • Transportation
  • Medical
  • Family/Household Emergencies
  • Food
  • Childcare
  • Other related challenges that will prevent academic progress or completion

Note: Tuition, books, and fees may also qualify if they would cause a student to withdraw


Our program’s purpose is to support South Seattle College students through unexpected financial circumstances so that our students will be able to focus on graduating. Our process involves equity to each student’s application. The intention of emergency funds are to help relieve some financial hardship that would prevent a student’s academic success.

Eligibility & Application

The Emergency Funds application is moving away from AcademicWorks and will be completed and submitted through AwardSpring. The Fall 2022 application will be available starting on October 1st. An update will be made with the new application link and instructions on how to complete once available. For questions, please contact the email below:


Need help logging in and submitting your Emergency Funds application?

Emergency Funds Contact

Workforce Education

Community Partner

Please contact the South Seattle College Benefits Hub for:

  • Benefits access, housing assistance or financial coaching
  • Referrals to community resources
  • Referrals for re-entry navigation