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Cardinal Operation Hope and Help


Cardinal Operation Hope and Help is an initiative intended to increase student success, both inside and outside the classroom, by providing emergency financial support for students with basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, transportation and educational supplies.  

At times, students may be dealing with circumstances that lead to great financial duress, such as food insecurity because of the job loss of a parent/guardian or an abusive family situation that leads to loss of access to housing or transportation.

These kinds of major life concerns have increased on college campuses across the country, as well as on North Central College’s campus, and often carry with them a significant financial burden.

Cardinal Operation Hope and Help is excited to be able to serve students in some of the most challenging and difficult times in their life and academic journey.

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Cardinal Operation Hope and Help Initiatives

Cardinal Operation Hope and Help Assistance Application Information

Cardinal Operation Hope and Help provides emergency financial support for students with basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, transportation and educational supplies. 

Students may submit an application for funds from Cardinal Operation Hope and Help once they have exhausted all other resources. Any funding provided by Cardinal Operation Hope and Help does not need to be repaid. Students must submit an application and appropriate documentation through the on-line form below. Students will also be required to have a brief meeting with a care coordinator to discuss potential funding. Funds are provided only when there is funding available. 

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must demonstrate serious financial hardship. This hardship must have direct impact on the student's academic success at the College.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled students at North Central College.
  • Resources, including potential financial assistance from the Office of Financial Aid, must have been considered and either insufficient, unavailable, or not available in a timely manner in order to be eligible. 
  • Applicants must complete the application found here, submit supporting documentation and be willing to meet with a care coordinator. 
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The Giving Box

The Giving Box is one part of a larger plan to assist students who have basic needs.  Students registered for the current term are eligible to obtain items from The Giving Box. 

For the summer, the Giving Box is located in New Hall to provide resources for students remaining on campus.  Please contact the Office of Residence Life for access to the Giving Box. 

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Additional Resources

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Office of Student Affairs

We care about students. From orientation to commencement, through the joys and challenges of the college experience, the Office of Student Affairs is here to make your time at North Central the best it can possibly be.  We know that learning happens not just in the classroom, but also in residence halls, on sports fields, at campus activities and through service experiences.

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