Skip to main content

COA Cares

COA Cares

The College of The Albemarle (COA) Cares program, established in 2019 by the employees of COA, ensures the care and success of our students. It provides support and resources for students on their path to graduation and as they enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year institution.

The program provides:

  • Free food from on-site pantries at each COA location
  • Free clothes appropriate for job interviews and other employment needs
  • Free school supplies
  • Referrals to both internal and external resources to address other support needs

No proof of need is required to take advantage of these services.

To access them, please contact:

Dawn Allen
Coordinator, Student Life and Leadership
252-335-0821 ext. 2240
COA – Elizabeth City, A 150C
[email protected]

COA Cares can also assist individuals with unforeseen emergency situations (such as auto repairs, rent, medical care, etc.) that could interfere with a student’s ability to complete his/her education/training. To request emergency funds — up to $250, once per semester, twice per academic year — please complete the application below. The response time once a student has submitted all required documents will be within five working days.

Requirements for emergency funding include:

  • Currently enrolled in at least 6 credit hours
  • GPA of at least 2.0
  • Be in an emergency situation

Funds will be paid directly to the vendor — not disbursed directly to the student.

For questions on the application, please contact:

Dannette Bowe
Financial Aid Advisor
252-335-0821 Ext. 2218
COA-Elizabeth City, AE 146
[email protected]


    Previous Funding


    Ineligible requests: mortgage payments, car payments and cable bills

    You'll be asked to submit documentation/proof of your financial emergency upon submission of this application. A representative from COA will request this once the application is received. For example, if you're requesting utilities assistance, an overdue notice is an example of documentation. If you're requesting assistance with a rental payment, a copy of your lease agreement is an example of documentation. If you're requesting transportation/gas assistance, a copy of your course schedule is an example of documentation. Students are encouraged to have this information ready so that their emergency situation can be dealt with in the quickest manner possible.