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 .


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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

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 and Discounted Services

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

SPONSOR: COMMUNITY MEMBERS

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

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

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 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

Vassar College Mutual Aid

A call for donations and offered housing and job assistance.

SPONSOR: VASSAR COLLEGE COMMUNITY