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 .
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
Community members stepping up and offering to host or store items for students impacted by COVID-19 shutdowns.
SPONSOR: BOSTON AREA COMMUNITY
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.
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
Directory of Mutual Aid spreadsheets and offerings organized by region.
SPONSOR: IT’S GOING DOWN
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
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
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
A list of resources including storage, food, housing, flight assistance, and other support crowdsourced by the community.
SPONSOR: UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO COMMUNITY
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
Up-to-date information on housing, storage, health and wellness, financial aid, remote access, and travel.