Campus Resources to Help You Save Money in College
Last updated March 1, 2021
For many, attending college will include being separated from your primary support systems at home for the first time. Responsibilities like managing a budget, maintaining proper wellness, time management, and navigating life’s unexpected hurdles come into play; on top of trying to be a successful student. It can get overwhelming at times on your own. The good thing is, you don’t have to panic. There are actually several support services available on campus, either free or at a discounted rate, designed to help you navigate through any obstacles you may face while working toward academic success.
COVID update: During the current climate, many college campuses have moved and adapted their resources to address social distancing. Visit your college’s website for updated information on accessing campus resources. Your college may also have additional resources that they can point you to.
The campus library will have copies of all the textbooks classes are using. If you can't find your copy or need to do a reference check, ask the librarians for help. They might have other resources within the school or through the local libraries you can use.
Many college campuses are opening food pantries. The basic requirements are: being a student and having a hardship. Check to see if your campus has a food pantry by searching through your student portal or in an internet search ("[campus name] + food pantry"). You can also check with local churches as they also have food pantries for the public.
Student Health Center
You might remember during orientation walking by the student health center. Stop in to see what health benefits are covered by your student fees. You might have one or a few free or low cost health checks available to you, which can save you time and money when you have a cold that won't go away. They are typically staffed with Nurse Practitioners, but many do have on-staff physicians.
There's no need to get an expensive gym membership. Your student fees should cover access to the student fitness center. Make sure to bring your student id and check their website for open hours. If solo fitness is not your thing, consider joining some intramural sports leagues. That way you can get in shape and meet people on campus.
Visit the career center to get help with your resume and interview skills. They might even have workshops on interview skills and free headshot photos. Tip: Make sure to log into your student portal online to see what other resources are available, which could include: a women’s resource center, tutoring help, child care, disability assistance, veteran’s assistance and more.