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.


Free and Discounted Services

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


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.


Harvard Student Assistance

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


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.


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.


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.


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.