The Southwest Mississippi Community College Student Relief Fund supports student success by removing financial obstacles resulting from an unforeseen financial emergency that, without assistance, would prevent a student from continuing his or her education. The Student Relief Fund is an initiative of the SMCC Foundation and funded through the generous support of the Woodward Hines Education Foundation. Funds will be first come, first served until they run out. Average Student Receipt is expected to be $200.00

Students are only eligible for one SMCC Student Relief Fund award in a 12-month period and for a maximum of two awards during their enrollment at SMCC.

Examples of Covered Expenses:

  • Internet access
  • Technology equipment
  • Sudden loss of housing
  • Utilities
  • Emergency Medical/Dental Costs
  • Loss of essential items due to theft, fire, natural disaster
  • Safety needs (i.e. – locks changed, etc.)
  • Emergency Automotive Repairs

Expenses Generally Not Covered:

  • Tuition
  • Health Insurance
  • Non-essential utilities (i.e. – cable)
  • Household or furniture costs not related to damage or theft
  • Parking tickets, fines, or legal expenses
  • Costs for entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel or other non-essential expenses


  • Have successfully completed at least 12 credit hours at SMCC
  • Enrolled in at least 6 credit hours at SMCC for the semester in which I am requesting funds
  • Have at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA
  • Currently attending and participating in all classes.

Note: The Review Committee reserves the right to verify class attendance and participation with faculty members.

  • Have not received an award from this fund in the past 12 months
  • Have not received two awards from the SMCC Student Relief Fund.


If you answered YES to ALL questions above, you are eligible to apply. Please follow the application instructions listed below.

  • Complete the SMCC Student Relief Fund application at the bottom of this page.
  • Submit documentation for any expenses you are requesting to be paid. (Documentation submitted may not be returned)
  • Submit application.
  • You will be contacted by the Student Relief Fund Committee via email or phone once the application has been received and reviewed. The committee may have follow-up questions or need additional information before it can make an award decision. Please be sure to respond to any communications regarding the request so it can be reviewed and award decisions can be made in a timely manner. The committee will meet on the first Friday of every month to approve or deny applications.


The Student Relief Fund Committee may be able to assist any student in special circumstances. The College reserves the right to assist students in unique circumstances through the Student Relief Fund with approval of the Student Relief Fund Committee. If you have questions, please contact