Student Emergency Assistance Opportunities

Coins for Caring

An award made by the Coins for Caring (C4C) program will temporarily assist a student who is in immediate danger of not continuing his/her studies due to financial hardship.  The award maximum is $100 per semester per student, contingent on financial aid status.


A student presents financial dilemma to a Faculty/Staff member.

Step 2:
Faculty/Staff member determines if student’s financial need is dire and immediate.

Step 3:
Faculty/Staff member completes C4C Request Form (available on the Intranet) and submits it to the BTC Foundation.

Step 4:
The C4C Request Form is reviewed.

Step 5:
If approved, the nominating Faculty/Staff member is notified and every effort will be made to issue the check, gift card or bus passes within 72 hours.  The award will be made available for pickup at the Welcome Center or provided to the Faculty/Staff member to give to the student.

Step 6:
Student is notified once award is available.

Dreamkeepers Emergency Student Assistance

Dreamkeepers Student Assistance Fund is a program of Scholarship America, established by Lumina Foundation for Education, and helps students overcome unforeseen financial emergencies and remain focused on what matters most -- their education.

An emergency is defined as an unforeseen event resulting in a financial emergency that jeopardizes a student's ability to stay in college. The most frequent requests are for housing, utilities, meals, transportation, auto repairs and childcare. Funds may not be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies or legal expenses (exception: books that have been stolen or destroyed).

The Dreamkeepers grant is a maximum of $500 per semester with a lifetime total of $1,500. New students may apply for a maximum first-time award of $200.  Students must be Pell-eligible and have a 2.5 G.P.A.  Students receiving a Dreamkeepers award must provide documentation of need and a receipt documenting the intended use of the funding.

For additional information about this assistance program, contact Cristina Parente at the Central Campus at (608)757-7719.