Financial Assistance

Student Outreach and Support assists students with financial needs through the Dreamkeepers Emergency Fund, Perkins Grants, and the HFCC Student Emergency Fund.

Dreamkeepers Emergency Fund

The Dreamkeepers Emergency Fund helps students overcome unforeseen financial emergencies and remain focused on what matters most: their education. Dreamkeepers is a program of Scholarship America, which was established by Lumina Foundation for Education.

To be eligible to apply students must:

  • Be a current HFCC student.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 or have documentation showing you are earning at least a "C" in all current classes.
  • Have documentation demonstrating financial need.
  • Be a first-time recipient of Dreamkeepers funds.

Please note that financial aid may be a factor in determining eligibility.

Eligible students are invited to visit the On-line Student Application website at:

Dreamkeepers funding will not be available again until August 25, 2011.

Perkins Grants

Funds obtained through the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act (Perkins grants) can supplement other financial aid to help you pay for tuition, books and/or childcare.

Perkins assistance is designed for six special populations:

  • Single parent; single pregnant woman
  • Homemaker; displaced homemaker
  • Student enrolled in a program non-traditional for his/her gender
  • Individual with a disability
  • Individual with limited English proficiency
  • Economically disadvantaged students

How Can You Qualify for a Perkins Grant?
To qualify, an applicant must

  • Be enrolled in a state-approved vocational program,
  • Apply for the Pell Grant and have demonstrated financial need, and
  • Lack the job skills necessary to adequately support the student and any dependent.
  • Be in one of the six "special populations" listed above.

To request a list of these programs, contact SOS at 313-845-9629.

HFCC's Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund helps students stay in school (applicable during fall and winter semesters only). The Fund is made possible in part by individual donors including faculty, staff and community members who participate in an annual fundraising luncheon.