Financial Coach

Managing work, food, bills, school and family obligations is the ultimate juggling act as a student. We know it can be overwhelming at times, and the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey has not made it any easier.
HCC Financial Coaches connect you with on-campus and community resources that will help you: achieve academic success; push through financial emergencies; make refunds last longer and start really moving toward financial security.
A resource is only valuable if you know it exists. Don't wait to know what is available — meet with a financial coach or attend their scheduled events

Why You Should Connect With Financial Coaches

Help With Financial Emergencies

We get that just when you think you have mastered managing bills, work and school — LIFE happens and it can shift your focus away from class. 

Life "can happen" in an assortment of different ways. 

  • Refund ran out and unexpected bills make it impossible to cover basic needs.  
  • A loved one needs your financial support. 
  • Your living situation changes for the worst.  
  • A car accident affects you being able to work.  
  • Natural disasters set you back financially.

You name it and we will do our best to help. For FREE, HCC’s Financial Coaches will connect you with resources to help you through your financial emergency, so you can remain focused on finishing school. 

Eagle STRONG Food Fairs & Other Upcoming Events

FREE Food Fairs All Fall

HCC Financial Coaches' Eagle Strong Food Fairs, in partnership with The Houston Food Bank, will help you save money on groceries so you can recover and rebuild after Harvey. Over 30,000 punds of food have been given out so far. 

  • ALL HCC Eagles (students, faculty and staff) welcome.
  • Fresh produce and meat available.
  • No preselected items – you choose what you like. Limits depend on availability.

More information is available at

Scholarships from Partners

Through the Financial Coaches established network of community partners, they often hear about great scholarship opportunities. Scholarships are a great, debt-free way to offset all or part of the cost of your education. Here is the most up-to-date list of scholarships from community partners.

  • HOUSTON Academy - Through a partnership with HOUSTON Academy, the HCC Financial Coaches are offering a service learning opportunity for students looking to gain valuable experience while giving back. Students who qualify and serve receive a $500 scholarship. In addition, they will have the opportunity to attend local and state conferences. Applications are due DECEMBER 1More details are available via - HOUSTON Academy Spring 18 Scholarship .

  • CashCourse My Story Essay Contest - The CashCourse program at the National Endowment for Financial Education has just kicked off its fourth annual “My Story” student essay contest. Students can share a story about their personal finance experiences, and the winning student will receive $1,500 for college. Entries are due November 17, 2017, and winners will be notified by December 15, 2017. For details and official rules, visit

Student Loan Debt Help

After graduation when you seek to start a career, raise a family, buy a home, launch a business and/or save for retirement, debt can leave you feeling overwhelmed, burdened and out of options. Feeling like this doesn’t have to be your reality — you DO have options to manage and overcome federal student loan debt.

HCC's Financial Coaches are committed to informing students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members about public service loan forgiveness and affordable, income-based federal student loan repayment options

HCC accepted The White House Student Debt Challenge because it wants to see its future, current and past student Eagles, along with the community and its faculty and staff, soar beyond the burden of debt.

The White House Student Debt Challenge is a call to action for colleges, universities, non-profits, businesses, state and local governments, and other employers to help borrowers understand their options; enroll in income-based federal loan repayment plans and/or public service loan forgiveness programs; and avoid delinquency and default.   

Click here to learn more about repayment options. 

COMING SOON : Where to Go If You Need Help - Resource Guide

HCC Financial Coaches connect you to on-campus and community resources that will help you: achieve academic success; push through financial emergencies; make refunds last longer; and start really moving toward financial security.

Please check back for a resource guide that will let you know what is available when you need help.

Contact Financial Coaches

Central College

Joel Philistin

Northeast College

Chris Ardoin

Southeast College

Armando Galvan-Cruces

How Financial Coaches Support Community Partners

What Financial Coaches Offer: Community Partners, Non-profits, Governmental Agencies and NGOs

Established in 2014, HCC Financial Coaches EDUCATE, EMPOWER AND EQUIP the Houston community with resources to:

  • Increase financial literacy.
  • Reduce financial barriers to completion of higher education workforce or academic programs.
  • Overcome financial emergencies.
  • Achieve financial security.

Financial Coaches support community partners' effort by:

  • Equipping them with tools to educate clients about how FAFSA and financial aid works.
  • Offering financial aid workshops to clients.
  • Connecting students to partners’ offerings including, but not limited to housing, utility, food, transportation and healthcare.


Financial Aid Contact Center

About Financial Aid

Call Center Hours: Monday - Thursday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. | Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Campus Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Friday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.