Concerns may include: financial difficulties that make it challenging for you to purchase academic-related items, a change in your or your families financial situation, feeling unprepared to start the class.
The CARE/FERA Programs are two discounts on energy bills for income qualified households.
California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE): CARE offers around a 30% monthly bill discount. Qualification is based on participation in certain public assistance programs or by income guidelines.
Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA): If you're not eligible for CARE, you may qualify for an 18% monthly electric bill discount through FERA. FERA is only open to households with three or more people. Qualification is based on income guidelines.
To request an application form and more information, please contact your utility company or check out their websites for more information. Here are some of the major utility company's CARE/FERA information:
CalFresh is California’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, which provides a debit card that can be used for food at a wide variety of stores. You qualify based on your income, family size, and other eligibility requirements. If you live outside of the state of California, it is most likely referred to as SNAP and you can learn more about your state's assistance here.
Depending on what county you live in, you can apply in different ways. Student Wellness would recommend that you can call 2-1-1 to see if they assist with applications. Applying through 2-1-1 will allow you to have a direct link to your application so that it can stay on track within the county’s system. (While you are speaking with 2-1-1 you can also ask about immediate food assistance as they can provide referrals to local providers.)
Typically CalFresh takes about 30 days to process, you may qualify for CalFresh Expedited Service (receiving benefits within 3 business days) if:
The California Bureau of Automotive Repair has "the Consumer Assistance Program’s (CAP) repair assistance option, which offers eligible consumers whose vehicles fail a biennial Smog Check inspection financial assistance toward emissions-related repairs at a STAR test-and-repair station. Owners of model year 1996 or newer vehicles may receive up to $1,200 in emissions-related repairs. Owners of model year 1976 through 1995 vehicles may receive up to $900 in emissions-related repairs."
You can go to their website to review the eligibility requirements and online application: https://www.bar.ca.gov/Consumer/Consumer_Assistance_Program/CAP_Repair_Assistance_Program.aspx
CashCourse offers access to a wide variety of financial tools in order to help you make informed financial choices and start taking charge of your money. CashCourse covers many topics such as: borrowing, paying for education, saving, investing, spending, and earning with videos, calculators and tutorials to help you learn more about each topic.
Click here to register for a free account. When registering, select California and then National University will become a school in the drop down box.
They have various locations across the US so if you are having trouble finding a support group near you, try to reach out to your local NAMI for assistance: https://www.nami.org/findsupport
Their Childcare Assistance program is a ground-breaking and unique approach to ensuring that women veteran mothers are able to maintain employment and/or persist towards their degree. They provide childcare stipends to student or working mothers of children ages 0-5 that allows them to place their children in trusted and enriching care with any licensed childcare provider of her choosing. They also provide stipends for summer, spring break, and winter break camps for those children of veterans in grades 1 through 6 so that their care is uninterrupted during breaks in their school schedule.
If you want to learn more, review this page and then click the link for the "inquiry form" towards the bottom of the page (above the 'donate button').
They can provide emergency assistance through their Warrior Assistance program, which offers short-term, high impact financial assistance. Warrior Assistance grants may be used to cover rent, utilities, car registration, car repairs, or other necessities that will serve as a safety net when unforeseen necessary expenses or events place women veterans and their children at risk for falling into (or back into) homelessness.
Computers 2 Kids (C2K) believes all children and their families in San Diego, regardless of their economic status, need to be computer literate and have equal access to technology and the crucial educational, occupational, and financial resources that technology can provide to improve their educational options and their futures. Our Technology Assistance Program recycles and refurbishes used computers and delivers them to families in need.
Our systems come with a one-year free warranty. After the first year, C2K provides lifetime technical support to our recipient families for only $20 a service call. If we cannot fix the system, we replace the system with a newer model, ensuring the family stays connected for years to come.