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Current College Students2020-03-19T15:41:18-04:00


Basic Needs

I’m over 18 and can’t get meals from public schools in my area. Where can I go?2020-03-19T13:26:25-04:00

Bebashi Transition to Hope will keep their food pantry open and are waiving referrals through the end of March.  They can send families home with bags of pantry staples and MANNA meals.

Simply enter your zip code on the Social Care Network and see a list of over 2800 services for Philadelphia (many of them include emergency food!)

I had work study on campus and need money to continue supporting myself. What do I do?2020-03-19T13:48:04-04:00

U.S News & World Report stated that:

“Affected students who rely on federal work-study can anticipate receiving that aid even as they may be learning off campus through virtual classrooms or their campuses are closed. If the college closes such that the student can no longer work their federal work-study job or their off-campus employer closes and they’re not able to work those hours, the Department of Education says so long as the student started work, they can pay the student.  But this guidance didn’t say how the colleges will pay students.  Payment may vary depending on a student’s typical work schedule and other factors.”

What if my family is losing money because their workplace is closed?2020-03-19T13:28:02-04:00

If they are employed in Pennsylvania and are unable to work because of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), you may be eligible for Unemployment or Workers’ Compensation benefits.  Please visit this website for more information to check eligibility and to apply.

What if my family is unable to pay for utilities (water, gas, electric, internet?)2020-03-19T13:28:38-04:00

PECO:  No services will be cut off and there will be no late payment fees until May 30th.  Click here for resources to help pay your bill.

PGW:  No services will be cut off and there will be no late payments until further notice.  Click here for resources to help pay your bill.

Internet/Cable (Verizon subscribers):  Due to economic circumstances related to the coronavirus and to keep customers connected during this economic and global crisis; Verizon waives late fees for those impacted by COVID-19.

Getting Home from Campus Early

I can’t bring everything home. Where can I store my stuff for free?2020-03-19T13:30:47-04:00

U-Haul is offering a free 30 days of storage.  Check it out here.

Talk to your college to see if they have a space on campus for students to store things.

I can’t afford to get home. What do I do?2020-03-19T13:31:21-04:00

Enterprise Car Rental is offering a college student travel assistance program.

Frontier Airlines is offering student flight vouchers to get home.

Completing Your Semester Remotely

I don’t have internet access at home.2020-03-19T13:32:24-04:00

Comcast has expanded their Internet Essentials program to be free for at least 2 months. They’ll deliver (via mail) the supplies and a router for families who need them.  Click here to learn more and sign up.

I’m not used to “working from home.” What are some best practices?2020-03-19T13:33:13-04:00

Check out these 8 strategies from Northeastern University about how to be successful in online classes.

What do I do if I don’t have my textbooks?2020-03-19T13:33:50-04:00

Check out the Open Textbook Library to see if the text you need is available.

See if Chegg or Amazon has the book you need at a reduced cost, or even has the option to rent it.

How can I share some challenges I’m experiencing with my professors so that they understand?2020-03-19T13:34:24-04:00

It’s better to over communicate than to go radio silent.  If you don’t have access to technology, are responsible for taking care of siblings, or don’t have a conducive space to study/work, reach out to your professors and explain.  This is a stressful time for everyone, and maybe your professor will be able to help provide some guidance, tips, or relief.

How can I be productive if my siblings are home from school and I am responsible for providing childcare?2020-03-19T13:47:17-04:00

Consider having everyone do a “school from home” day!  Scholastic has a service for students in grades K-6.  If you have siblings at home with you, this service might be a great way to keep them engaged in academics so you can do some work too.

Here’s another  spreadsheet that sorts by age for good activities!

Cincinnati Zoo Animal Livestream – every day at 3pm our time, a different animal tour!

There’s all sorts of folks reading stories to kids online – check them out!

Two more resources:

How to Talk with Kids about COVID-19”, Stanford Children’s Health, March 10

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019, from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network

I’m graduating this spring. What do I do?2020-03-19T13:35:35-04:00

Keep your eyes on communication from your school to see what is happening.  Many schools are waiting to announce plans as we get closer to May, and some schools have made the decision to postpone ceremonies or hold them virtually.

What will happen with my student loan interest?2020-03-19T13:35:54-04:00

Here is a high level update about the freezing of student loan interest moving forward.

Am I going to get a refund if I don’t return to campus to finish my semester?2020-03-19T13:36:35-04:00

This is on a school-by-school basis, and colleges are starting to sift through this. Check your college’s Bursar’s or Business office page to see if they have any updates. Some colleges are starting to share out that they will be “prorating” room and board bills for this semester.

Self Care Practices

How can I care for my mental health during this time?2020-03-19T13:38:56-04:00

Reach out to your counselor/therapist and ask if teletherapy is an option during this time.

Protecting Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Outbreak

NAMI Guide provides a lot of mental health resources.

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline (800) 985- 5990 that provides 24/7, 365-day-a- year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters

NAMI HelpLine at 800-950-NAMI (6264) Monday through Friday, between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm EST for mental health resources.

Try the free version of a mindfulness app like Calm or Headspace.

I can’t go to the gym. What can I do to maintain my physical health?2020-03-19T13:39:30-04:00

Check out Daily Burn for 60 days of free workouts you can follow at home.

Check out YouTube for free yoga videos.

How can I stay socially connected?2020-03-19T13:40:00-04:00

Think about connecting with your peers to do virtual study groups, hangouts, or check-ins.  Some great technology services to do so include:

Google Hangouts

Marco Polo Smartphone App