Resources during COVID-19

The First Generation Program has gathered the following resources for University of Michigan students for assistance related to COVID-19 and resulting transitions. This was created with first-generation and low-income students in mind, but it may be helpful for any student.

Please note that most of the resources listed in the tabs to the left will still be available virtually. This includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Career Center
  • Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center
  • Comprehensive Studies Program
  • Sweetland Writing Center
  • Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs
  • Center of Education for Women

UofM COVID-19 Website

Public Affairs has released this FAQ page with information specifically for students concerning emergency aid, course grading, University housing, etc.

The university has activated its emergency call center to assist those with COVID-19 questions specifically related to U-M responses. It is available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at (877) 763-3040.

Academic Support

Resources for Remote Learning

U of M has provided a list of helpful resources related to remote learning, including how to communicate with instructors, note-taking tools, time management support, wellness strategies, and more.

“Adjusting Your Study Habits During COVID-19”

Academic Innovation published this PDF to walk you through how to adjust your study habits to fit online courses. Several tips are provided under several topics including how to work in a group,

Sweetland COVID-19 Updates

The Sweetland Writing Center will now be hosting all of its Writing Workshops, Peer Writing Center appointments, and Write-Togethers will now be hosted online. The process for scheduling appointments will remain the same.

Emergency and Short-term Funding

Dean of Students Office

Emergency Funding is available through the Dean of Students Office for students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses due to temporary hardship related to an unforeseen or emergency situation. Students may generally receive this assistance one time for up to $500.

Office of the Provost

Students may experience an emergency situation or one-time, unusual, unforeseen expense while in school. The University offers several types of assistance for students in such special circumstances.

LSA: Emergency Scholarship

The LSA Emergency Scholarship has always been a resource for students facing unforeseen financial challenges outside of their control. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, many students are facing upheavals that will drastically impact how they live, learn, and work in the coming months. We want you to know that the LSA Emergency Scholarship remains open to all LSA students who are facing extraordinary financial situations as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic.


CEW+ is able to offer small emergency grants to current U-M Ann Arbor graduate students and undergraduate students. These grants, called Emergency Funds (EF), are for unexpected financial emergencies that threaten to derail degree progress including funding issues that are a result of COVID-19.

Office of Financial Aid Short-Term Emergency Loans:

A family emergency, loss of employment, natural disaster or another unexpected issue can suddenly change your financial circumstances. If that happens to you and your family, the Office of Financial Aid may be able to help with a re-evaluation of your financial aid package.


Mental Health Care Packages

Counseling and Psychological Services created a PDF full of ideas in hopes to share ways to help you take care of yourselves, no matter if you are in Ann Arbor, in Michigan, in the US, or across the globe.

CAPS: Services and Supports during the Pandemic

List of services and support created by Counseling and Psychological Services. It contains video resources, tips, resources from around the country, and much more.

CAPS Services Updates

Due to the COVID 19 national pandemic, CAPS has made adjustments to services based on recommendations from UM and the CDC to support the physical safety of our community. During this time, CAPS staff remain actively engaged in supporting the mental health needs of UM students in a variety of ways – this link contains these updates on CAPS Services.

Virtual Fitness

With the Recreational Sports facilities closed due to COVID-19, Group‑X instructors and Personal Trainers are diligently working to create virtual workouts for you to do at home. Once virtual workouts are complete, they will be uploaded ready to view on Instagram and Youtube (make sure to subscribe). Along with the virtual workouts, our Fitness and Wellness team will share tips on staying active while social distancing, practicing mindfulness during uncertain times, and so much more on our website and on our social media channels.

Workout Apps

Glamour article containing the best free workout apps available!


On Campus: Maize and Blue Cupboard

The Maize and Blue Cupboard is here to provide an immediate and comprehensive response for the U-M community. By offering resources, educational opportunities, compassionate support and more, we help students develop the skills to make informed decisions.

Michigan Food Banks

Each member food bank has a geographic service region in which they provide food resources to communities. Based on their region, some member food banks have supporting distribution warehouses. The member food banks and their supporting warehouses are able to take large donations of food. The local emergency food providers (agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries and shelters) then “shop” the regional food bank or warehouse to acquire food to meet the needs for their own community programs and services.

Nationwide Food Pantries

Find local pantries, soup kitchens, food shelves, food banks and other food help across the U.S.


On campus housing FAQ

This is a list of FAQs provided by UM Housing.

On-Campus Housing Reimbursement

The university is offering a $1,200 refund for all students who have already moved out of university housing or are able to move out by March 25. The offer applies to the 2019-20 contract year for all undergraduate and graduate students able to vacate their university residence hall or university apartment by 5 p.m. March 25.

Student Legal Services

If you need assistance with your lease, Student Legal Services may be able to provide you advice.

Huron Valley Mutual Aid

This spreadsheet and form may help you if you are in need of a place to say, need storage space, groceries, or are able to provide to others in need, etc.


Comcast: Internet

As our country continues to manage the COVID-19 emergency, Comcast is taking immediate steps to help connect low-income families to the Internet at home. New Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service, which is available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month plus tax. Apply by April 30, 2020.

Charter: Internet

Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

Comcast: Hotspots

Xfinity WiFi hotspots located in businesses and outdoor locations across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit this link. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.

Comcast: Technology

If you are in need of technology (esp. computers), Comcast offers an option for LOW-COST technology.

General Economic Relief

Huron Valley Mutual Aid

This spreadsheet and form may help you if you are in need of a place to say, need storage space, groceries, or are able to provide to others in need, etc.

Michigan Community Mutual Aid

More general community resources for Michigan residents during COVID-19.

Community Economic Relief Fund

Please call 1-866 211-9966 and indicate your zip code. The Community Economic Relief Fund will provide a list of local agencies in your area that provides support (bills, rent, and food).

Social Support

GroupMe: First-Generation College Students @ Michigan

Join our GroupMe!