Apply for emergency grants through Edquity

Apply for emergency grants through Edquity

Good news! Kapi‘olani Community College has kicked off a partnership with Edquity — a single platform that helps students find resources in their area and enables them to apply for emergency funding. To submit an application through Edquity, students must be enrolled in at least 3 credits for the Spring term.

Emergency funds can help students with childcare, food, housing, learning materials, transportation, and other health and safety needs. During the application process, students will select which of these areas they need help with.

Follow the steps below to submit your application:

  1. Download the Edquity app.
    Download from the App store or Google Play. If you don’t have a mobile device, visit the Edquity website to apply for emergency funds online.
  2. Create an Edquity account.
    You will be asked if you are a student. Select “Yes” then enter Kapi‘olani Community College as your school. Once your account has been created, you can submit an application.
  3. Complete the application.
    The application takes on average 7 minutes to complete. You will be notified of your application decision within a few days via the email you used when signing up.

If you have any questions about submitting your application, please reach out to and an Edquity support representative will be in touch!


What are the different features of the Edquity app and how can it help me?

The Edquity app offers a holistic approach to both prevent and provide support for financial emergencies you might be facing. In addition to the emergency funds application, the Edquity app also includes a localized search feature to help you find emergency resources in times of crisis.

How do I sign up for Edquity and apply for emergency Funds?

Applications will be opened from the middle of the semester until funds run out. Eligible students will receive an email encouraging them to apply via the Edquity app. Simply download the app from the App store or Google Play or head on over to the Edquity website and follow the instructions on how to get started. The application takes 7 minutes to complete on average.

When creating your Edquity account, enter the name of your University of Hawaiʻi (UH) Community College home institution to see the fund you are eligible to apply for (see steps above). You don’t have to worry about writing answers or finding references. You may be asked for your UH username, email address, name, and date of birth as it is listed on your official UH record.

Who can apply for emergency funds?

Eligibility is based on enrollment at a University of Hawaiʻi Community College.

  • Students must have Kapi‘olani Community College as their home institution
  • Students must be enrolled in at least 3 credits
  • Students must be eligible to receive federal aid
  • Priority goes first to high-need domestic students, then high-need international students

How does Edquity determine who receives emergency funds?

At Edquity, we want to make sure everyone in need of emergency support has the funds and resources they need as soon as possible. To do so, we worked with Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, Edquity’s Chief Strategy Officer and the nation’s leading researcher on basic needs challenges and emergency funds, to develop an evidence-based approach to determining funds distributions.

After students apply for emergency funds through the Edquity app, all submissions are evaluated on a case-by-case basis using our research-driven, evidence-based evaluation system. The goal of the system is to ensure that individuals demonstrating significant need will receive funds.

How long will it take to receive a decision regarding my application for funds? How will I be notified?

You will be notified if your application was approved or denied via the email you used to create your Edquity account. You can also log into the Edquity app to check for updates about your application. The exact date you will receive a decision will be shown when you submit your application.

How much aid could I expect to receive?

The amount of emergency funds is determined by your responses in the Edquity application. Students with exceptional needs are prioritized to receive maximum funding.

How do I receive my emergency funds?

If you are approved for funds through Edquity, information will be sent to your school and they will reach out to you via email regarding the payment. Students are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit eRefunds through MyUH.

Do I Have To Pay Back My funds?

No, emergency funds do not require repayment.

Can I reapply for Emergency Funds?

Eligible students can apply once per semester. Additional opportunities to receive  funds will be determined based on the remaining amount of funds.

Can administrators at The University of Hawaiʻi System view the personal or financial information that I submit?

Administrators at the University of Hawaiʻi System cannot view the personal or financial information you submit; however, they will see the categories of need that you selected and the outcome of the application. They will also be able to see de-identified, aggregated behavioral trends of students applying for funds overall and general information regarding the usage of resources, in order to better serve students.

I received an email that I am “ineligible” for Edquity funds. What should I do?

If you met the criteria above, there are two possible reasons for this message. You may have already applied for Edquity funds during the semester and were either awarded or denied. The other reason may be that the information you entered in the Edquity app does not match your official UH record. Please contact and an Edquity support representative will assist you.

I am still in need of assistance. What should I do?

There are resources for people impacted by COVID beyond these emergency funds. Please visit for information. We also suggest that you check out the resources page on the Edquity app to find other organizations and service providers in your area.

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