Basic Needs & Support
Students can face financial challenges or unexpected life events during their college careers. Nationally and at Penn State, food and housing insecurity is an increasing concern for many college students. We are here to help provide the resources you need to thrive and succeed, so you can focus on your goals and making the most of your time at the University.
If you are struggling to afford basic needs, such as food, housing, textbooks, clothing, or other household items, we are here for you. If you need help — or if you are uncertain about your needs — reach out to one of the many resources available on-campus or in the community.
We're here to help
Penn State has many resources available to assist you with financial challenges. From providing one-time assistance for emergency needs to helping you navigate options for ongoing support, our offices can guide you to the best resources based on your need.
Did you know that you could be eligible for assistance with costs, such as
- Toiletries, and household items
- Rent and utilities (public assistance)
- Medical bills/health insurance
- Essential, unexpected travel
- Financial emergencies
In addition, we have resources to help you manage your money and make informed financial decisions as well as information to help you cook and eat healthy meals on a budget.
If you need help — or have questions about your unique needs — reach out for support. There are staff members at every campus who are available to assist you, and there is no judgement from Penn State if you are experiencing hardship.
As a first point of contact, students at every campus can call or email Student Care and Advocacy, and staff will offer guidance and help connect you to the appropriate office or resources at your campus.
Mental Health and Emotional Support
Worrying about how to meet basic needs while juggling academic work, friends, family, and more can take a toll on your mental wellness. If you need to talk to someone Counseling and Psychological Services has a variety of services available to support you.
Health Promotion and Wellness offers free wellness services around a variety of topics as well as other self-directed stress management resources.
Supporting students in distress
Are you concerned about a student who may be facing financial difficulties? Learn how to recognize a student may be distressed as well as how to show concern and provide support.
In addition, anyone can complete the Share a Concern form to express concern about a student.