Student Resources COVID-19

Student Resources During COVID-19

A developing list, updated as more information becomes available

Current Students

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Updated April 9, 2021

Developed by the Arts and Sciences Advising Center, in collaboration with other campus offices, specifically geared toward Seattle University students. It may include many resources that are available to the broader community.

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Know of a resource that isn't listed here? Let us know by email.

Financial Assistance and Mutual Aid

SU Funds for Emergency Assistance: Seattle University's Dean of Students oversees a variety of funds and programs that assist SU students experiencing temporary hardship. Contact the Office of the Dean of Students to discuss your situation.

SU Mutual Aid: Student-led effort to collect information on what SU students need, and to identify people who could help with these needs. If you need support or if you have support to offer your peers in the SU community, please fill out this form.

Mutual Aid Solidarity Network (Seattle-wide): Note: They have temporarily paused due to demand, but intend to develop a new system and reopen. Check the link for updates. Volunteer effort to deliver food and other supplies to the doors of vulnerable individuals in the greater Seattle area. Learn more here.

Seattle Hospitality Workers Emergency Fund: Note: current status is open and taking applications until Feb 15. Funds for hospitality industry workers whose hours have been curtailed because of COVID-19 and who are not being otherwise compensated. Learn more here.

Financial Resource Guide for WA Residents: Guide to financial resources for Washington consumers impacted by COVID-19. Includes credit card, rent, student loan, and emergency loan assistance. Learn more here.

Scholly Student Relief Fund: Scholly Student Relief Fund: Apply today to receive $1,000 in cash assistance to help during this global crisis. The application takes less than two minutes. Free cash to be used on debt, tuition, groceries, or other necessities.

UndocuScholars Recursos para Comunidades Indocumentadas: Resources for undocumented students and families, including emergency relief funds.  Learn more.

The Plate Fund - Closed and no longer taking applications. Click here for additional resources in the meantime. Restaurant workers who live and work in King County and have suffered financial hardship because of the COVID-19 crisis may be eligible for $500 in immediate assistance. No SSN needed to apply.  See eligibility criteria and apply here.

SU Student Financial Services - Financial aid support for students impacted by COVID-19.  Contact this office by email to discuss your situation.

Ingersoll Gender Center: Financial assistance programs for trans and gender diverse community members. Learn more here.

One Fair Wage Service Worker Emergency Fund: Service workers who have had their income significantly impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for temporary cash assistance as funding becomes available. Learn more.

Reach Higher Emergency Grant Program: Grant program to assist with unexpected expenses that put your education in jeopardy. The grant is not for tuition and fees. If accepted, the grant of up to $1,000 could be issued as fast as 1-3 business days from the date of application, and the funds can be used for any of the following: 

  • Living expenses after a job loss or pay cut 
  • Car repairs 
  • Childcare 
  • Emergency home repair 
  • Emergency medical expenses 
  • Essential utilities (i.e. water, electricity, or Wi-Fi) 
  • Unexpected, essential travel 
  • Food (grant limited to $500)

Learn more here.

Housing and Utilities

SU Housing & Residence Life: If you have concerns, contact HRL by email and consult the HRL Coronavirus website. 

Seattle City Light & Public Utilities: 60% discount on Seattle City Light bill and a 50% discount on Seattle Public Utilities bill for income-qualified residential households. Deferred payment plans available to all. Learn more here.

Temporary Moratorium on Residential Evictions: An emergency order is in effect that places a temporary moratorium on residential evictions in Seattle until at least December 2020. 


King County Rental Assistance: King County tenants who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for rent assistance. Complete the Tenant Interest Form to be added to a lottery pool; drawings from the pool will occur weekly. Learn more, then complete the Tenant Interest Form

Puget Sound Energy: Up to $1,000 in energy bill assistance for customers who had their income significantly reduced due to COVID-19. Learn more.

Travel and Moving

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SU Food Pantry: Free supplementary food for all current students, staff, and faculty. For maximum safety, this is a pre-bagged and pick-up only operation. The "Pick-Up Order Form" can be found on ConnectSU--submit this form by 10am on Wednesday each week. 

Seattle Community Fridge: Refrigerators stocked with free food open to anyone in 8 locations across Seattle. Learn more.

Free hot meals: Starting March 30, Spice Waala restaurant on Capitol Hill will serve 50 free hot meals every Monday and Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. The restaurant is co-owned by Dr. Sinha of the Social Work department.  340 15th Ave E, Suite 202. Seattle WA. Learn more.

The Seattle Community Kitchen Collective—including Musang, Feed the People, That Brown Girl Cooks, Soulful Dishes and Guerilla Pizza Kitchen—are providing free meals to community members. Learn more.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Food benefits for eligible low-income individuals and families, including those whose income situation recently changed due to COVID-19. Find out if you’re eligible here. Then find the application for your state here.

Seattle-Area Emergency Food Resources Map: Interactive map of emergency food resources—including supplemental groceries, to-go meals, and more— available in the Seattle area. Learn more.

Health and Wellness

Washington Listens: Free nonclinical support for people experiencing elevated stress due to COVID-19. Talk anonymously with a trained support specialist and/or get connected to resources and groups working through the stress together. Call the support line available Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-6 p.m.: 833-681-0211. Or visit the website

WA Listens Fact Sheet: English

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WA Listens FAQ

Free COVID Testing City of Seattle: The City of Seattle is now offering free COVID-19 testing for all ages at four sites across Seattle. Drive-through testing is available, but you must first register online here.

SU Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) Appointments, Referrals and Resources: Phone appointments for SU students currently located in WA state. Referrals for SU students not located in WA state. The CAPS COVID-19 Resources Page includes information about managing stress and adapting to college life online. Call 206-296-6090 during business hours or visit their website.

Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety: Free meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out, however you’re feeling. Learn more here.

Sanvello Wellness App: Seattle U students get access to Sanvello Premium by signing up using their SU email address. Sanvello offers a variety of activities. Since no two people are the same, students can select and use whichever tools are most helpful for them in their personal wellness journey. Download the app from the Apple Store or for Google Play

Campus Ministry: Pastoral care and conversations are available to all students, regardless of religious or spiritual background, and serve as opportunities to process their lived experience. Students are welcome to set up time for conversation and care for any kind of experience. These include, though are not limited to, major life transitions, stress, relational challenges, and identity exploration. Use this form to connect with a Campus Minister for a video or phone one-on-one conversation. Campus Ministers are available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m to 5 p.m. PDT, and will respond to you within one working day.

Free virtual yoga classes: Yoga for Beginners is a free, guided yoga experience! This is an easy way to take a break from working and get some movement in. Learn more.

COVID-19: Coping Resources for Students: Compiled by SFSU Counseling and Psychological Services; July, 2020

  1. Living with Anxiety and Worry Amidst Global Uncertainty Guide
  2. Playbook for Stress Relief
  3. Emotional Well Being Toolkits

All available here.

Office of Wellness & Health Promotion: Compilation of free wellness resources for caring for yourself and others.  Learn more here.

Simple Tips to Avoid Zoom Fatigue: Kinesiology’s Dr. Erica Rauff and her students in Health and Wellness and Exercise Psychology courses developed these tips for all of us who are videoconferencing. Download these tips in a PDF.

  1. Take a break between Zoom sessions: stretches, meditation, or just a few moments of movement in a different space can make a big difference.
  2. Stay hydrated: you should drink 64 oz of water each day.
  3. Eat between meetings and don't skip meals.
  4. Stand during a meeting, and make a point to stretch and move during any meeting lasting over 60 minutes.
  5. Create a schedule each day, with breaks for enjoyable and relaxing activities.
  6. Try to walk outside at least once each day: movement + fresh air + sunshine = happiness.
  7. Set up a designated space for Zoom meetings to help maintain work/life balance.
  8. Limit screen time on your phone, and take intentional breaks away from all technology.

Virtual Affinity Spaces with OMA: Virtual community spaces for various affinity and identity groups. Come join for real talk, for laughter, and for meaningful relationship building. Learn more here.

Open Path Psychotherapy Collective: Mental health care at steeply reduced rates for individuals without health insurance or whose health insurance doesn’t provide adequate mental health benefits. Learn more.

Technology and Learning

SU Disability Services: Support for students seeking academic, housing, or meal plan accommodations. Students with disabilities have the right to reasonable accommodations, regardless of the modality in which classes are delivered. Learn more.

Lemieux Library & McGoldrick Learning Commons: Free laptop computers and mobile hotspots available to SU students on loan. Visit the Library’s website or contact them by email.

Comcast: 60 days of free Internet Essentials service (25/3 Mbps speeds) for low-income households and free wifi hotspots. Learn more here.

Spectrum: 60 days of free wifi and broadband to any household with college students. Call 1-844-488-8395 to enroll. Learn more here.

CamScanner: if you need to share documents in PDF but don't have a scanner, this is one good option. They are making the Premium version available to educators and students for free. Learn more here.


SU Campus Store: free shipping for online orders and a free prepaid shipping label to return winter quarter rentals by April 3. Learn more here.

Remote Learning Resources from Learning Assistance Programs: Information on strategies and resources for remote learning, tailored specifically to SU students. Learn more here.

General Resources

SU Lemieux Library: Many textbooks are available for free in electronic format. Learn more.

King County 2-1-1

You may be able to access -any more resources that are available to the larger community, such as rental assistance. Find out what’s available by contacting our 2-1-1 system.

Phone: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • 211
  • 800-621-4636
  • 206-461-3610  TTY
  • 7-1-1 WA Relay

Text: Mon.-Fri, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • 877-211-9274 – send your zip code

Email, chat, and search for resources

King County Medical Society Childcare Referral Service: For those who wish to provide childcare to children of healthcare workers and/or healthcare workers who need childcare. If you are a healthcare provider in need of childcare, please fill out the healthcare provider form. If you are interested in providing childcare, please fill out the babysitter form. Questions? Contact Czarina Manzano by email.

COVID-19 fact sheets in multiple languages: Coronavirus facts in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. Learn more.

We are here to help

Need help accessing one of the resources? Facing a hardship that isn’t addressed here? Reach out to your academic advisor or the Dean of Students for help getting connected with resources and next steps.

Suggest a resource by sending us an email.

This is a compilation of resources already shared with the campus community by several SU offices and programs. Many thanks to the SU Project on Family Homelessness, OMA, the Ignite Mentorship Program, the Institute for Public Service, the College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office, and more.

This is not intended to represent SU’s resources or response overall. For information on SU’s COVID-19 response, consult the SU COVID-19 website.