Student Emergency Assistance Program (SEAP)

Student Emergency Assistance Program

When funding is available, emergency assistance through the Student Emergency Assistance Program may help students meet emergency financial needs that would prevent students from continuing their education.

The Student Emergency Assistance Program is coordinated through the Advising and Counseling Office. Please contact CJ Meyer in Building 17, Room 150, or at 253-589-5534 if you have questions or to turn in an application.

Emergency funds have been donated to the Student Emergency Assistance Program by individuals and organizations interested in breaking down barriers to student success. Funding is available on a first come, first served basis each quarter. Advising and Counseling is prepared to assist students in identifying community resources that may be able to provide additional assistance.


  • The Student Emergency Assistance Program will cover emergency needs (rent, utilities, etc.) up to $250 per quarter with a maximum of $500 per calendar year (January – December). There is a lifetime cap of 4 years or $2,000 in assistance to any single student.
  • Checks will be made payable to the company owed.
  • Applicants are expected to explore all other sources for assistance before requesting assistance; this should be considered a last resort option.
  • First-time recipients are required to participate in a financial literacy class (available online).
  • Individuals on Financial Aid Suspension due to grades will be considered on a case-by-case basis, with close consideration between Financial Aid and Advising and Counseling offices.
  • The Student Emergency Assistance Program may not be used for tuition, books or program supplies. Please apply for Financial Aid and scholarships to help with these expenses.
  • Emergency assistance recipients will be provided with a thank you card to be completed for the Foundation Board.
  • Emergency assistance is not required to be paid back.
  • To access funding, students must be enrolled full-time (12 or more credits), and must be enrolled in financial aid eligible programs (not Adult Basica Education, general educationc lasses below the 80-level, GED prep, Quick Start programs, Running Start, or high school completion).
  • To be eligible, applicants must have completed at least six weeks of full-time classes at CPTC, must have a positive instructor recommendation (including a passing grade of 70%+), have received less than $2,500 in financila aid after tuition during the quarter, and have unmet need at least equatl to the request.
  • Please contact Advising and Counseling for questions about eligibility.

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