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This page offers information for emergency needs that arise for students outside of the classroom, including connections to emergency community services for students with personal difficulties impacting academic success.

Student Emergency Needs

KCC understands that students have emergencies that arise outside of the classroom, and the College is committed to supporting students who may be facing any type of insecurity. The initiatives outlined below offer assistance to current KCC students experiencing barriers to academic success.

Beyond Tuition Fund

The KCC Foundation’s Beyond Tuition Fund offers limited emergency assistance for students experiencing barriers to academic success. Funds are awarded one time and are not intended to be used for ongoing expenses.

Examples of emergency financial assistance include, but are not limited to, transportation, housing, utility costs, fuel costs, car repairs, household supplies, past-due bills, bus tickets, clothing, food, school supplies, child care, mental health and medical needs.

> Beyond Tuition Application Instructions

To apply for the Beyond Tuition grant, you must be a currently enrolled student at KCC and have a completed financial aid application on file. Students who meet these criteria please:

  • Click the Beyond Tuition Application link below to access the KCC eForms system. If prompted to log in, click the first icon that resembles a student ID and log-in using Single Sign On.
  • Then click “Forms.”
  • Then click on the “FND – Beyond Tuition Assistance Application” which will give you the option to complete the Beyond Tuition Application.
    • On the application, please remember to upload copies of invoices or bills in order to aid the Beyond Tuition Team in processing your application. Applications that are missing this information will be returned.

Beyond Tuition Application

For requests regarding student tuition, fees and books at KCC, please contact the KCC Foundation to inquire about alternative scholarship availability or visit kellogg.edu/kccscholarships for more information about student scholarships.

Bruin Basket initiative

Food insecurity is a hardship that millions of people living in the United States face, and community college students are not immune to this. The Bruin Basket initiative, which launched in June 2019, offers free grab-and-go snack options for anyone in the KCC community that may need a little something extra to get through the day.

There is no registration or intake process in order to use the Bruin Basket; just take what you need and leave what you can (if you are able.)

There are currently Bruin Basket locations in the Miller Physical Education Building, the Morris Library, the Whitmore lobby and the lower level of the Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center on the College’s North Avenue campus in Battle Creek, as well as at the Regional Manufacturing Technology Center campus, also in Battle Creek.

Fresh Food Distribution

KCC’s Food Insecurity Task Force, in partnership with the South Michigan Food Bank, hosts a Fresh Food Distribution event at 1 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month on the College’s North Avenue campus in Battle Creek.

This event is made possible in partnership with a grant from the South Michigan Food Bank and is free for all affiliated with KCC. Students simply have to show up at Parking Lot G, next to the Miller Building, with their KCC ID to receive a box of fresh, healthy food (and perhaps some extra treats) during each distribution event.

Emergency Community Services

Please note: If you need immediate emergency assistance, dial 911.

Occasionally, personal problems may interfere with academic success. Talking to a professional counselor can help students clarify their thoughts, find solutions and plan changes. Listed below are select community resources that may be of assistance to students facing personal barriers to academic success.

Domestic Violence

  • Safe Place (Battle Creek): 1-888-664-9832
  • Sexual Assault Services: 1-888-383-2192

USA National Suicide Hotlines

Toll-free 24 hours, seven days per week

  • 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-784-2433
  • 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-273-8255
  • TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY or 1-800-799-4889

Personal Counseling & Substance Abuse

  • Summit Pointe (Calhoun County): 269-966-1460
  • Pines Behavioral Health (Branch County): 517-279-8404
  • Barry County Community Mental Health Authority: 269-948-8041
  • LifeWays Community Mental Health (Jackson County): 517-789-1209
  • Kalamazoo County CMH: 269-553-8000

To schedule a confidential appointment with a KCC counselor, call 269-441-CHAT (2428) or email [email protected]. Current students can also schedule a phone appointment through Starfish, located in the Bruin Portal.