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CARES Act Resources for College Students

The federal CARES Act includes funding to help students whose lives have been disrupted, many of whom are facing financial challenges and struggling to make ends meet.

  • Emergency Cash Grants – Ask your college Financial Aid Office if you qualify for a cash grant through the CARES Act Emergency Relief Fund. Each college determines who is eligible and for how much. If your 2019-20 financial aid included a Pell Grant, you are more likely to qualify for a CARES Emergency Grant since both are need-based.
  • Stimulus checks – If you worked at least part-time 2019 and/or 2018, you could qualify for up to $1,200 in an Economic Impact Payment (“stimulus check”). 
    Visit to learn more and see if you are eligible
  • Unemployment Benefits for part-time workers – part-time workers are now eligible for unemployment benefits under the CARES Act. Many states are experiencing high claim volumes and ask filers to be patient and persistent.
    View the “Find Unemployment Benefits” section of this web page. 

Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation

Find Unemployment Benefits

Below is a link to each state’s unemployment offices and what they are offering during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Find unemployment benefits in your state.

US Department of Labor Coronovirus Resources

US Department of Labor Unemployment Due to COVID

Employers Hiring During Coronavirus

Local Grocery Stores (check in your area for hiring on the spot opportunities). Visit your local grocery store to apply in person – grocers are recommending this instead of online applications.

Stores that have announced they have temporary hiring to fill staffing needs include:
Whole Foods
Giant Food Stores
Weis Market
Giant Eagle
Harris Teeter
Piggly Wiggly

Warehouse Grocery Chains (check in your area for hiring on the spot opportunities)

Warehouse Grocery Chains that have announced they have temporary hiring in their stores and distribution centers:
Sam’s Club
BJ’s Warehouse

Walmart has announced they are hiring temporary workers.

Domino’s Pizza – hiring workers and delivery drivers

Amazon – hiring delivery drivers and warehouse workers

Amazon Jobs

Pharmacy Chains


Rite Aid



Recent article on LinkedIn about employers hiring during COVID (continually updated with new large employers)

Link for job seekers to locate jobs on LinkedIn that includes the hashtag #hiringnow

Connect with Spartan Career Services:

Email: [email protected]

Spartan Career Services Webpage 

Spartan Career Services via text: 717-974-3265

PA Department of Health

Support Services

211 is a national emergency service organization affiliated with the United Way. They have multiple supports in place to help with food, financial needs, healthcare, and other support services.

211 Link

United Way

Compass – Benefits and Services for PA Residents

PA Department of Human Service

Free or Reduced Cost Services

Search for free or reduced cost services like medical care, food, job training, and more.

Find Free or Reduced Cost Services by Zip Code

Internet Connectivity

Xfinity Xfinity WiFi will be free for everyone. WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free, including non-Xfinity internet subscribers. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.

Xfinity WiFi Hotspots

Comcast All current Comcast customers automatically have unlimited plans with no data overage costs. The Internet will not be disconnected nor will Comcast customers accrue late fees if they call and notify Comcast they are unable to pay the bill at this time. Internet essentials are free to new customers (or $9.95/month for low-income households, which is the normal Comcast offer) Internet essentials include: • 2 free months for new customers • Comcast internet service has to be available in the subscribers’ area/home • Equipment will be sent in 7-10 business days and will require the customer to set up

Internet essentials

Low cost computers/laptops available for those who qualify.

Low Cost Computers

Protecting Your Credit/FHFA

Below are resources to use to protect your credit if you are unable to afford payments due to COVID-19 prevention measures that result in a loss of work. In all situations, contact your creditor. Do not assume they anticipate your situation is impacted by COVID-19 precautions.

FHFA Coronavirus Page

Federal Housing and Finance Agency

Credit Card Resources

Below are links to some of the most common credit card companies. If your credit card company is not listed below, you can locate their contact information on the back of your credit card.

Bank of America

Capital One


US Bank

Wells Fargo

Small Business

US Small Business Association Make sure to contact your small business lender to discuss your situation. Do not assume they anticipate your situation is impacted by COVID-19 precautions that may result in a loss of income.

US Small Business Association

Student Loans

Contact your student loan servicer to discuss your situation. Do not assume they anticipate your situation is impacted by COVID-19 precautions that may result in a loss of income.

US Federal Student Aid

5 Essential Online Learning Strategies

Internship Resources

Locating a remote/virtual internship or volunteer experience:

Virtual internships with US Federal Government 

Volunteering – Smithsonian

Volunteering – Translators Without Borders 

Volunteering – UN 

Intern From Home

For college students seeking an internship during COVID precautions. As a reminder, job seekers and internship seekers should never be asked to pay to locate employment or accept employment. If an employer linked in any of these sites lead you to an application process that requires payment, consider that process a scam and continue your search elsewhere.


Talent Board





For college students whose internship has been moved from on site to remote:

Articles for college students whose internship has been revoked

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