All Hornets have struggles… but not all have the same resources.
The SUNY Broome Student Emergency Fund, established during the COVID-19 pandemic, is a way to support the needs of our students through the hard times they may face during their time at the college.
Students may apply for a grant of up to $500.00 per year from the Student Emergency Fund.
Financial insecurity is an ongoing issue for many of our students, and a sudden emergency can derail their college plans. We hope this support will help our students feel confident that, though times may be challenging, SUNY Broome is here to help them continue their education. We know that, even when we are not experiencing a pandemic, 87% of our students have documented financial need.
We are committed to maintaining this fund. Together, we can help SUNY Broome students going through tough times stay in college and move into a brighter tomorrow.
Your gift can make a difference — join us today!
Gifts to the Student Emergency Fund will help with essential non-tuition-related expenses such as:
- Unexpected medical bills
- Housing costs
- Transportation costs
- Academic Program expenses not covered by tuition
- Utility costs
- Food and personal items
- Other emergency situations
“Our students have demonstrated remarkable persistence through countless challenges and barriers. Students do not get to choose when an emergency occurs which may threaten their ability to pay rent or buy school materials. The funding can make a world of difference and allow the students to persist in achieving their goals.”David M. Michalak (LAAA ’13)SUNY Broome Academic Advisor & Faculty Association Vice President
SUNY Broome Students & Poverty
Individuals with an associate degree will earn 18% to 26% more income annually than those with only a high school diploma. Helping students on their path to graduation creates more greater economic security in their future.
Student Food Insecurity
Community college students are more vulnerable to food insecurity than their peers at four year colleges. A Food Insecurity study found that 13.3% of community college students belonged to a food insecure household in 2015. During the 2008 economic recession that estimate was 7.4% higher.
According to a Food Pantry report by the SUNY System Administration’s Food Insecurity Task Force, SUNY students in the Southern Tier made 30,000 visits to a campus or campus-partnered food pantry in 2019.
Student Housing Insecurity
An education study in 2017 estimated one-third of two-year students are housing insecure with about 14% experiencing homelessness. It also found that, among housing insecure community college students, the most common challenges were paying rent, mortgage or utility bills.