To our students:
We know that COVID-19 pandemic has caused financial and emotional strain on many students. We care about you and we want to help if we can! Below you will find a list of University of Washington resources as well as State and Federal aid information. We hope this information is helpful and you are able to find resources to support you.
Please reach out to the department if you have any further questions or concerns.
Michael Rich – Program Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sabrina Tatta - Advisor (email@example.com)
Maria Francom - Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Short Term Loans
The Office of Student Financial Aid has short term loan funds available to students who are experiencing temporary cash flow issues. You may receive up to $2500 or $3200 for undergraduates and graduate students, respectively.
UW Emergency Aid
Emergency Aid assists students who are experiencing unexpected financial hardships that may disrupt their education or prevent them from earning their UW degree.
State Unemployment Benefits for Workers
The Washington State Employment Security Department has programs designed to help individuals and employers impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. More information for workers and businesses here: esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-1.
WorkSource Critical Job Opportunities
"The outbreak of COVID-19 in our region has caused widespread social and economic disruption, including layoffs and changes to the business landscape. In the midst of this, critical workforce needs have emerged in response to societal changes, including hiring increases for grocery stores, cleaning companies, healthcare, social services, and others." WorkSource has highlighted opportunities here for people looking for immediate work.
Campus Food Pantry
The Campus Food Pantry is open three days a week in Poplar Hall. Anyone with a Husky ID may access the pantry. Appointments for urgent need are also available and can be set up via email or phone call.
University District Food Bank
The University District Food bank is still open and providing pre-made boxes of food.
City of Seattle Safeway Emergency Food Vouchers for Seattle Families
On March 20, the City of Seattle will start distributing a series of $20 vouchers to approximately 6,250 families who may be experiencing financial hardship during the coronavirus outbreak. Families will receive two mailers of 20 vouchers (a total of $400 a month) over the next two months. The City is exploring additional investments from private businesses and hopes to expand this program to up to 100,000 Seattle residents. Vouchers may be used to purchase items from any Washington Safeway store, with the exception of alcohol, tobacco, fuel, or lottery tickets. For more information, check out this Emergency Food Vouchers Frequently Asked Questions page.
Northwest Harvest SODO Community Market
Northwest Harvest SODO Community Market is offering pre-bagged produce, prepared foods, and shelf-stable groceries right at the door. There is no need to enter the facility. This is open to anyone of ANY AGE. SODO Community Market is located in Seattle's SODO neighborhood at 1915 4th Ave S, near the corner of 4th Ave S & S Holgate St. More location and transportation information can be found here.
Utilities and Rent Support
Comcast is offering two free months of internet to qualifying families.
Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country are available to anyone who needs them for free, including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wif. Once at a hotspot, you can select the "xfinitywifi" network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.
City of Seattle
The City of Seattle is offering low cost internet options for residents.
The City of Seattle has free and discounted devices available.
Residential Evictions in Seattle have been Halted During this Outbreak
Residential evictions for non-payment of rent have been temporarily halted. This is effective immediately and will last for 30 days or until Seattle's coronavirus emergency ends, pending the council's approval. For more information, you can access this FAQ. Utilities will not be Shut Off During this Outbreak
City of Seattle Utility Discount Program (UDP)
The Utility Discount Program (UDP) lowers Seattle City Light bills by 60 percent and Seattle Public Utility bills by 50 percent. To learn more about enrollment in UDP, call (206) 684-0268 or go to: seattle.gov/humanservices/services-and-programs/affordability-and-livability/utility-discount-program.
Mental Health Resources
University of Washington Counseling Center The Counseling Center provides free support services that can help with the stress and emotion that comes with unexpected circumstances.
University of Washington Health and Wellness The Health and Wellness office offers student care, support, and education on important mental and physical well-being topics.
Crisis Connections Crisis Connections connects people in need to access the state safety net, whether it’s for mental or emotional support services, housing assistance, or help with financial needs.
Disaster Distress Helpline SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
People who already are managing existing mental health conditions should prioritize self-care during difficult times and should contact their clinicians if they have questions or concerns. To reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Text “START” to 741-741 to reach the Crisis Text Line.
The Hope Center has outlined resources for supporting college students during this crisis.
Technology & Online Learning Resources
- Academic Support Programs
- UW Information Technology – Get help with technology resources and tools
- UW Administrative Offices Providing Services for Students
- Student help for online learning
- Odegaard Writing and Research Center
- Online tutoring via CLUE
- Online tutoring via the Instructional Center (IC)
- Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT): How to access accommodations in an online learning environment
- UW Student Technology Loan Program
- Zoom for students: UW is offering free Pro-Zoom (video-conferencing) accounts to all students
- Accessible Technology at UW
- Undergraduate Academic Advising
- Comcast's Internet Essentials for qualifying new, low income customers impacted by COVID-19
- Scout App: find technology loan items that are available to check out near you
Together We Will
The University of Washington is united and committed to supporting our community together. As a community, we will persist together. Please visit this web page to see how you can get involved.
Departments are collaborating to create holistic student support. Please visit their department pages: