Relief and Assistance

COVID-19 Resources for Students

This page serves as a consolidated directory of resources offered by businesses, organizations, universities, and people in response to the devastating effects of COVID-19 on first-generation and/or low-income college students across the country. Our team will continue to update this as we come across additional resources. We also encourage you to share with us additional resources by clicking here.

Together, as a community, we are here for you - and we will get through this!

For the latest news and resources related to COVID-19, visit the CDC website .



Assistance for Various Needs

A list of resources ranging from combatting racism and xenophobia, to housing, storage, travel, food coverage, and institution specific resources and information.

SPONSOR: EAST COAST ASIAN AMERICAN STUDENT UNION

Blog Offering Financial Support (closed)

At Rise First, we are aware of the devastating impacts of COVID-19 on first-generation and/or low-income students and their families. In response, we are partnering with QuestBridge to launch a special blog with the goal of raising awareness around the experience of those in our community. In addition, selected submissions will receive an award to assist with your needs during this difficult time. Please note that the most important criteria for award selection is the authenticity of experience shared in the blog submission, and not the style or polish of the writing. Selected submissions will receive $200 rewards.

This initiative has concluded. You may access student blog submissions by clicking here.

SPONSOR: RISE FIRST AND QUESTBRIDGE

Boston Area Housing and Storage

Community members stepping up and offering to host or store items for students impacted by COVID-19 shutdowns.

SPONSOR: BOSTON AREA COMMUNITY

Bowdoin Student Support Fund

We are asking you to help Bowdoin students impacted by COVID-19 by raising financial funds. We hope to support many students that request aid in this overwhelming time. 

These funds will be sent to students in need. These needs include meal costs, housing costs, storage costs, internet access, and other costs that arise from this sudden change. Please donate what you can and request what you need. 

SPONSOR: BOWDOIN COLLEGE COMMUNITY

Drexel University $50 Credit Cards

Collective Success Network (Dragon’s First’s parent organization) gave us pre-loaded 50 dollar credit cards for those in need at Drexel due to Coronavirus.

SPONSOR: THE COLLECTIVE SUCCESS NETWORK AND DRAGON’S FIRST

Emergency Relief Grants

The Leadership Brainery is committed to supporting the well-being of diverse and first-generation college-enrolled student leaders. To that end, we have been assessing universities’ responses to the COVID-19 outbreak. Several schools in Greater Boston have chosen to suspend on-campus classes and activities, and have given students a short window to make alternative living arrangements.

We understand that this unforeseen circumstance presents a hardship for many diverse and first-generation students. Therefore, we are providing College Student Emergency Relief Mini Grants to support diverse and first-generation college students in the Greater Boston area experiencing financial hardship during this time.

College-enrolled undergraduate students displaced by COVID-19 who meet our criteria and express most need will receive a one-time $100 mini grant. If granted, students will be notified on the upcoming Thursday after their submission. A limited number of mini grants will be given on a rolling basis.

SPONSOR: THE LEADERSHIP BRAINERY

Free Online Courses

The 8 Ivy League schools are among the most prestigious colleges in the world. They include Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, and Columbia universities, and the University of Pennsylvania. All eight schools place in the top fifteen of the U.S. News and World Report national university rankings.

These Ivy League schools are also highly selective and extremely hard to get into. But the good news is that all these universities now offer free online courses across multiple online course platforms. So far, they’ve created over 500 courses, of which around 450 are still active. 

SPONSOR: CLASS CENTRAL

Free Access to Online Journals and Books

Publishers provided temporary content access – text resources in COVID-19 relief efforts for students.

SPONSORS: VARIOUS PUBLISHERS AND ONLINE DATABASE HOSTS

Free Adobe Online Tools

In response to requests from educators, Adobe has announced that it will be providing free at-home access to Creative Cloud apps to those students who usually only have access on-campus. It’s one way the software maker is trying to empower students to keep learning amid campus closures caused by the novel coronavirus.

SPONSOR: ADOBE

Free Internet Access

Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

Charter will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely. Charter will continue to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, high speed broadband program to eligible low-income households delivering speeds of 30 Mbps.

Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use.

Spectrum does not have data caps or hidden fees.

SPONSOR: CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS

Free Fitness Classes

If you’re practicing social distancing to help slow to spread of coronavirus, that doesn’t mean you have to quit your favorite Philly fitness studios. Here is a list of gyms and instructors that are offering online workouts that you can stream from your home.

SPONSORS: TUCK BARRE AND YOGA, BULLLDOG YOGA, THE WALL CYCLING, PRANA DAS YOGA CENTER, REMIX FIT, THREE QUEENS YOGA, NEVER GIVE UP TRAINING, Y2BFIT, BPM FITNESS, FUEL CYCLE FITNESS, GORILLA POWER, SUNDASPORT KETTLEBELL CLUB, REBEL YOGA, PALO SANTO YOGA STUDIO, LAUREN LEAVELL, PHILLY DANCE FITNESS, KG STRONG, FLYWHEEL, CYCLE BREWERYTOWN, FIT ACADEMY, AMRITA YOGA

Free Virtual Cooking Classes

Gucci Osteria’s Massimo Bottura is offering free virtual cooking classes on Instagram. The Michelin-starred chef is enpersonal Instagram pageergetic as ever, and just the jolt of optimism we need as millions enter into quarantine to mitigate the spread of the virus. While some in isolation are turning to the best delivery in their cities, others are using the time at home to jump into their own kitchens, and Bottura wants to help with a nightly, free cooking series he’s launched via his own personal Instagram page.

SPONSOR: GUCCI OSTERIA AND MASSIMO BOTTURA

Free Online Books, Journals, and Media

During the current COVID-19 crisis, JSTOR and our participating publishers are making additional content freely available to participating institutions where students have been displaced.

SPONSOR: JSTOR AND ARTSTOR

Free Storage

U-Haul is offering 30 days of free self-storage to students who have to move due to precautions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

Many colleges and universities are taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by temporarily closing campus and sending students home. The company says they are “standing by and ready to help” in this time of need where students may be scrambling on how to quickly move or store their belongings.

In addition to offering 30 days of free self-storage, U-Haul offers several moving options including special rates for truck and trailer rentals.

SPONSOR: UHAUL

Free Meditations

There are a lot of unknowns in the world right now. But one thing is certain — Headspace is here for you. To help support you through this time of crisis, we’re offering some meditations you can listen to anytime.

These are part of a larger collection in the Headspace app — free for everyone — called Weathering the storm. It includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out, however you’re feeling. It’s our small way of helping you find some space and kindness for yourself and those around you.

SPONSOR: HEADSPACE

Free Digital Platforms and eBooks

For U.S. higher education institutions experiencing unplanned, mid-semester impacts due to COVID-19, Cengage is offering students free access to all our digital platforms and 14,000 ebooks through Cengage Unlimited, for the remainder of this semester.

SPONSOR: CENGAGE

Free Discounts and Benefits

120+ resources and discounts for the communities impacted by COVID-19.

SPONSOR: TWINE CPO HUB

Free and Discounted Services

A crowd-sourced comprehensive directory of free and discounted services for everyone, healthcare workers, and for students/educators.

SPONSOR: COMMUNITY MEMBERS

Free New York Times Updates

We are providing free access to the most important news and useful guidance on the coronavirus outbreak to help readers understand the pandemic. Sign up with an email address to read all of the articles on this page.

SPONSOR: NEW YORK TIMES

Funding for UPenn Students

This form is put together by student activists representing students particularly from oppressed backgrounds. Provides opportunities for students to ask for financial assistance and for others to donate to the cause.

SPONSOR: UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA STUDENT ACTIVISTS

General Request for Assistance

The Collective Success Network is a Philadelphia-based non-profit whose mission is to support low-income/first-generation (LIFG) college students. During this challenging period, we are committed to supporting LIFG students displaced by campus closings to get the help and resources needed to navigate COVID-19 emergency measures.

SPONSOR: THE COLLECTIVE SUCCESS NETWORK

Guidance for Study Interruptions

This electronic announcement addresses concerns expressed by higher education leaders regarding how they should comply with Title IV, Higher Education Act (HEA) policies for students whose activities are impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19), either directly because the student is ill or quarantined, or indirectly because the student was recalled from travel-abroad experiences, can no longer participate in internships or clinical rotations, or attends a campus that temporarily suspended operations. This information provides flexibilities for schools that are working to help students complete the term in which they are currently enrolled.

SPONSOR: FAFSA

Harvard Student Assistance

Response to COVID-19 contains information and assistance for reimbursements, housing, transportation and other FAQ’s.

SPONSOR: HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Internet Essentials

Comcast offering ‘Internet Essentials’ package free for low-income customers for 60 days. Those new customers will get complimentary internet essentials service for 60 days, which is normally available to qualified low-income households for $9.95 per month, and the speeds are increasing for new and existing customers.

The speeds will be rolled out nationally over the past few days, and all new customers will be a free self-install kit that includes a cable modem and WiFi router. There is no term contract.

SPONSOR: COMCAST

Law Student Pro-Bono Opportunities

If you are a law student interested in providing pro bono support on legal cases related to COVID-19, please fill out this form.

While I will likely connect with you through my school based email, this project is not currently affiliated with any law school or organization. I am simply one student trying to organize law students to leverage our privilege in support of those with legal needs related to COVID-19. This project is in its very early stages and will likely continue to change and evolve as we all learn and as our collective situation develops.

SPONSOR: LAW STUDENT COMMUNITY

Life Guidance and Resources during COVID-19

Two young professionals put together this comprehensive list of resources to help you stay informed as well as physically and financially healthy during this unprecedented time.

SPONSORS: GLORIA AND RUIDI

Los Angeles Mutual Aid

A list of comprehensive local resources compiled by Audrey Kuo, audrey@freedomverses.org. Aid includes funding, preparation, information, mental health resources, and FAQ’s.

SPONSORS: LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY

Mutual Aid Resources by Region

Directory of Mutual Aid spreadsheets and offerings organized by region.

SPONSOR: IT’S GOING DOWN

Penn COVID-19 Guide

In response to these evolving situations, APSC condemns the violence occurring against our communities and insists the University of Pennsylvania provide critical support of First Generation and Low Income (FGLI) and international students in the midst of this evacuation/shut-down. Below, we have provided a categorized compilation of issues and concerns students have at this time—and we implore the University of Pennsylvania to address them and consider them as a guide in creating an accessible and adequate infrastructure for financial and academic support of all students, with an emphasis on FGLI and international students.

SPONSOR: UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA COMMUNITY

Philly Mutual Aid - Neighbors Helping Neighbors

WHO WE ARE: Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN) is a Black, Brown, & Native-led group of community members & organizers involved with radical social justice organizations around the city. We are neighbors concerned about our communities and helping to make sure those most vulnerable and affected by COVID-19 get the help they need.

WHAT WE’RE DOING: We are matching people in need with neighbors able to help. We offer support getting folks groceries, medicine, and supplies. We are volunteer run, we are not funded, and our aid comes directly from the community.

WHO WE’RE PRIORITIZING: We are prioritizing those most vulnerable and affected by COVID-19 : the sick, elderly, disabled, undocumented, single parents, queer, Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color, those quarantined without pay, and those limited in work.

SPONSOR: PHILADELPHIA COMMUNITY

Philly COVID-19 Resources

In 2017, the Philadelphia Education Fund launched PhillyGoes2College to serve as a resource for students and families interested in learning more the process of applying, financing, and enrolling in college.

With the advent of COVID-19, we recognize that PhillyGoes2College can play a key role in supporting high school and college students who will now need to navigate a new, uncertain, and quickly changing educational journey.

As a starting point for those who have questions, the Philadelphia Education Fund recently joined with our partners at Philadelphia Futures and Summer Search Philadelphia to produce a COVID-19 Resource Guide containing answers to frequently asked questions and resources for current and future college students.

Over the following weeks, watch for new resources to be posted on this site, and turn to our social media for timely updates.

SPONSOR: PHILLYGOES2COLLEGE

Resources for Undocumented Students

A list of resources for undocumented students ranging from emergency grants, mental health resources, support networks, and advocacy groups.

SPONSOR: BETANCOURT MACIAS FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION

Student Loan Payment Assistance

The advocates at Student Debt Crisis and experts at Savi have come together to create this automatic sign-up tool for people who lose their jobs or have their hours cut due to COVID-19. If your income goes down suddenly, you are eligible to have your student loan payment reduced under the government income-driven repayment programs. Student Debt Crisis is the nation’s largest student loan advocacy organization. Savi has agreed to provide our student loan technology to support this important public education effort.

SPONSORS: STUDENT DEPT CRISIS AND SAVI

Student Relief Fund

With the COVID-19 health crisis sweeping across the nation, we know how challenging these coming weeks and months will be for students and their families. In Scholly’s unrelenting effort to support students in need, we are providing cash assistance to those in need during this unprecedented crisis.

Apply today to receive $200 in cash assistance to help cover expenses during this global crisis. Our application takes less than two minutes.

SPONSOR: SCHOLLY

Swarthmore Venmo Fund Requests

Due to recent events, many students are in need of financial assistance for housing, transportation, and food. We created this venmo so that we could match students who are in need with funds provided by people generous enough to help out. We are using a personal venmo account, but the money will stay in the venmo balance and not in a bank account. Any excess funds will be appropriately refunded/managed. Requests above $100 will be fulfilled incrementally depending on the flow of donations!

SPONSOR: SWARTHMORE COMMUNITY

Travel Assistance

With colleges and universities announcing campus closures in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, Enterprise wants to make it easier for students to get home to their families by reducing the age minimum and waiving the young renter fees for rentals through May 31, 2020. 

SPONSOR: ENTERPRISE

University of Chicago Resources

A list of resources including storage, food, housing, flight assistance, and other support crowdsourced by the community.

SPONSOR: UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO COMMUNITY

UPenn Mutual Aid

Penn has created an official procedure for staying on campus and asked students off-campus not to return to campus (see https://coronavirus.upenn.edu/ for details or the unofficial resource guide http://bit.ly/PennCOVID19). However, HUNDREDS of students (particularly FGLI) have been denied and are still in need of housing. Penn has asked all undergraduate students and professional degree students to leave campus at the start of spring break and to remain at their permanent home residence. For some students, this is not an option. Several Penn community members have indicated that they are able and willing to open up their home to students who need it. Others have indicated that they would be able to assist in storing student’s items. If you are able to do either of these, please sign up below so undergraduates can easily find and contact you. This, of course, does not commit you to taking anybody on. This is intended to serve as a resource for those students looking to find alternative housing. If you or someone you know needs housing or storage, please share this resource with them.

SPONSORS: UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA COMMUNITY

UPenn Student COVID-19 FAQ's

Up-to-date information on housing, storage, health and wellness, financial aid, remote access, and travel.

SPONSOR: UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

Vassar College Mutual Aid

A call for donations and offered housing and job assistance.

SPONSOR: VASSAR COLLEGE COMMUNITY

WinYourDay Free Workouts

The Movement Pack was put together to help us keep moving as we practice social distancing. This is free and open to everyone, so please share this out with friends and family that could find this useful.

The pack includes: 12+ workouts you can do at home or outdoors without any equipment, 80+ video demonstrations, full 4 day program that includes strength, high intensity, and mobility workouts, and snack pack with quicker workouts to break up your day, and track, running, and partner workouts.

SPONSOR: #WINYOURDAY