Starting university can be an exhilarating experience, but it often comes with a set of challenges, especially for students on a tight budget. Fortunately, there are numerous resources available to help you make ends meet while pursuing your education. In this post, we’ll outline some back-to-school resources that can assist college students in finding basic necessities this year.
- Campus Food Pantries: Many universities have food banks that offer free groceries to students in need. These pantries often stock non-perishable items, fresh produce, and sometimes even personal care products.
- Meal Swipe Programs: Some universities have programs where students can donate or transfer unused meal swipes to fellow students. Check with your university’s dining services to see if this option is available or advocate for your school to start!
- Community Resources: Explore local food banks and community organizations that provide food assistance. You can use resources like the Michigan Food Bank Council to find nearby options.
- On-Campus Clothing Drives/Swaps: Keep an eye out for clothing events organized by student groups or the university itself. Consider organizing a clothing swap with friends!
- Thrift Stores: Thrift stores can be trendy, budget-friendly places to find clothing that make you feel great. Look for thrift shops near you and consider donating items you don’t use.
- Scholarships and Grants: Need-based scholarship and grant opportunities offered by your university or external organizations can be a great way to find help as a student. These can provide financial aid for tuition, books, and living expenses simply based on your status as a student.
- Work-Study Programs: Consider participating in a work-study program on campus. These programs allow you to earn money or cover living costs while taking classes and gaining work experience.
- Financial Aid Office: Visit your university’s financial aid office and explore all your options for student loans, budgeting assistance, and emergency funds.
- University Health Centers: Many university health centers offer free or low-cost hygiene items to students. This can include items like toothpaste, soap, and condoms.
- Student Organizations: Some student organizations focus on providing hygiene products to students in need. Look for such groups on your campus.
Access to menstrual hygiene products is a crucial aspect of student life. Here’s a list of universities in the US who offer free products to their communities. Join MM to help us expand this list!
- Harvard University
- Stanford University
- Columbia University
- Brown University
- University of California, Berkeley
- University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
- University of Minnesota
- University of Oregon
- University of Washington
- University of Michigan
- Michigan State University
Please note that the availability of free period products can change, and not all restrooms on these campuses may have them. It’s a good idea to check with the respective universities for the most up-to-date information on their period product availability and locations.
Remember, it’s okay to seek help! College is expensive and hinders many students’ availability to work throughout the year. Universities work to accommodate the challenges students face and often have dedicated resources to assist you. Don’t hesitate to reach out to campus support services for guidance and support in accessing resources. Your education and well-being are a priority, and there are many people and organizations ready to support you on your academic journey.
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