A lot of us are communicating with students who are unsure of how to continue their coursework effectively as classes move online. You may have already heard some anxious questions about staying connected, making ends meet, coping with interrupted income, moving back home, and protecting the immunocompromised. As students are figuring out how best to cope with all of these challenges, consider putting together a resource list at the campus level to help students find support. The good news is that such a list may already be underway at your campus; if not, consider suggesting one to campus leadership.
Here are some starter ideas for topics and resources that may be available in your area. We aren’t linking to outside corporations, and this is not an endorsement of their services.
Transitioning to Online Education
- The Student Academic Center at the Bloomington Campus shared these tips for students.
The Federal Communications Commission has released an agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cut off service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots.
- Comcast offers a free internet essentials package for 60 days at www.internetessentials.com.
- Spectrum offers free internet for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum subscription. 1-844-488-8395.
- Charter offers free internet for 2 months.
- AT&T will offer open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low-income families
- Verizon is following the FCC agreement.
- Sprint is following the FCC agreement, providing unlimited data to existing customers, and will allow all handsets to enable hot spots for 60 days at no extra charge (starting 3/17/2020)
- T-Mobile is following the FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers. Soon they will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
Travel for impacted students who need to move home: deals, freebies, suspension of regular rules
- Frontier Airline
Here are additional needs students may be experiencing. Are there resources or agencies in your area that can help?
Elderly Care Needs
Mental Health and Coping Needs
Consider these resources in your community:
- The United Way
- Food Pantries
- auntbertha.com – resource locator for free and reduced cost social services like medical care, transit, and child care
- Filing for Unemployment Insurance in Indiana due to Covid https://www.in.gov/dwd/19.htm