When You Need a Helping Hand

Fill the Backpack Fund Offers Relief for New Students

What You Need to Know:

  • Applies only to a first semester freshmen or a returning college student who has been out of school for more than 3 years.
  • This must be the applicant’s first year at SCC.
  • The maximum award is $500.
  • This fund may be awarded one time only.


Before You Apply:

  • FAFSA submission is required.
  • Applicants must have applied for all other assistance, including loans.
  • Applicants must show proof of financial hardship which has been created by events beyond their control.
  • Applicants may not have a past due balance with the College.
  • Applicants must provide both a detailed explanation and proof of why the funds are needed; I don’t have money is not enough.
  • The SCC Foundation will cover 85% of the total cost; the student is responsible for the additional 15% and should be prepared to pay the balance at the time of purchase.


Please note, the following circumstances are NOT considered acceptable reasons to apply.

  • Need help paying college tuition or fees
  • Need help with past due debts to college, including old student loans
  • Childcare costs (please contact the AIM Center for these resources)
  • Non-Emergency related medical bills
  • Non-Emergency related travel costs
  • Any Non-Essential or Entertainment related monthly fees including but not limited to; cable, streaming services, online gaming subscriptions, and internet service (to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis)
  • A life event from more than 1 month ago, except for events which have prevented the applicant from working since they occurred
  • Day to day expenses such including but not limited to; rent, car payments, phone bills, and electric bills, unless they are past due because of an event beyond the applicant’s control


Confirmation of Statements*