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Coming Together to Respond to COVID-19

This is a time of uncertainty for many students amidst the growing COVID-19 outbreak. We know colleges have adjusted their operations in response. Many have introduced remote classes. A handful are asking students to even leave campus. No matter the response from institutions, we know students’ basic needs will be affected by these changes. Please know we are here for you during these tough circumstances and are dedicated to prioritizing students’ basic needs.

We know many of you are looking for ways to take action. Check out the ways below you can join our movement to protect and advance students’ basic needs during this emergency:

Advocate for #FAIRCARES Act Funding

On March 27, 2020, Congress passed the CARES Act which included $14.25 billion for public and private institutions of higher education. Of that amount, $6.28 billion is required to be distributed directly to students as emergency aid. Emergency aid means it is a free grant, not a loan that ever needs to be repaid.

We have launched this campaign to ensure these dollars are distributed effectively, equitably and with transparency to our most impacted students. Given all campuses have to do right now, we believe there is a need for students to provide additional support and pressure in the distribution of these dollars.

Participate in Our COVID-19 Student Survey

Capture the impact COVID-19 has had on students at your school with our student survey. The findings can inform how campus leadership should prioritize and scale their response to support students. The data will be returned to each campus to be used as an advocacy tool.

If you’re a student at any of the below schools, click through to take their campus-specific Student Survey:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Sacramento State University
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
University of Mississippi

Watch Our Webinars

Tune in to our recent webinar, which took the shape of a Town Hall on #FairCARES progress. Watch below and check out all of our past webinars on our Vimeo page.

You can watch all past webinars on our Vimeo page.

Bright Spots: Learn from Our Campus Partners

We have been in close contact with our campus partners and beyond, inspired by the many ways they’re taking action to protect students’ basic needs during this pandemic. Check out some of the ways campuses have been innovating:

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Just Keep Swiping, Just Keep Swiping: How Colleges are Leveraging Swipe Programs
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Resource Guides, Templates, and More

We have compiled some immediate resources for you to use in your work to ensure students’ basic needs are met during the COVID-19 response.

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