Detailed Resource List

COVID-19

 

Technology Needs

  • Low income students and returning Veterans can apply for a recycled laptop through the GVSU Laptop Recycling Project.
  • Students can use the Grand Valley's WiFi network, by parking in pay-to park spaces in the Eberhard Center lot or the RV: Lot B Parking Area.
  • Students can use the State of Michigan public hotspot map to locate public hotspots available throughout the state.
  • Companies like McDonald's and Starbucks and Public Libraries have free Wi-Fi for anyone within range of most of their buildings.
  • Students and Military Veterans can apply for a free laptop through this non-profit company:  Computers with Causes
  • United Way is an organization that connect you to a wealth or resources included help finding local organizations that may be able to help meet a student's technology needs. Get assistance here
  • Students can apply with this non-profit that works to refurbish PCs to in turn provide them to those in need. It is a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher. This means that the computers it donates come with licensed copies of Windows 10. In order to be eligible to receive a PC from the organization, you’ll need to meet certain requirements. Apply for a PC here
  • Students can apply for a discounted laptop, priced at $120, through the Contact Computer Technology Assistance Corps.
  • Students can use the website Notebooks for Students to look up laptops that are listed at discounted prices.

 

Financial Resources:

  • Special Circumstances &  Financial Hardship Requests can be submitted to the GVSU Financial Aid Office by visiting the Financial Aid website.
  • If you lost your job due to COVID you may be eligible for unemployment insurance. You can research the requirements and file a claim if you think you are eligible with your state’s Department of Labor. If approved, you may receive a temporary wage replacement that is less than what you would normally be paid. The CARES Act allowed for people who were not traditionally available for unemployment to meet some of the requirements. The Century Foundation provides a great explanation of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program here.
  • If you had a state work-study position on campus, talk to your supervisor about your ability to continue to work and get paid, even though you cannot work on campus (some colleges are paying students to work remotely). If your work study position is federally funded, not state, the Federal Government authorized schools to continue paying these funds during the COVID-19 crisis.        
  • Cash Assistance for Students with Children
  • If you are able, you may want to seek new job opportunities: Grocery stores and other essential services are in need of new employees and continue to hire. Check your city or town’s website for information and look for “Mutual Aid” groups in your area.
  • If you are having trouble paying your credit card bill, utility bill, or other bills, call your creditors (anyone to whom you owe money) and the companies that send you bills to get your payments stopped or reduced. Be sure to clearly state upfront that your income has been reduced because of COVID-19. That is the information they need to adjust your payments.
  • If you owe money on federal student loans:
    • Stay informed. The federal stimulus package expanded protection to federal student loan borrowers and those who have defaulted on loans. The CARES Act suspends interest accrual and payments on federal student loans from April 1 through September 30, 2020. Nonpayment during this time will not affect public service loan forgiveness and other forgiveness or loan rehabilitation programs. Credit reporting, wage garnishment and tax refund seizures will be halted during this forbearance period as well.
    • If you have educational loans from a private lender or institution you should review their website to identify what relief they may be offering during this time.
    • If you need assistance appealing for financial aid, SwiftStudents offers free template letters to help you appeal your financial aid package

 

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Mental Health & COVID-19:

 

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Health Care:

 

Other Assistance: