Many government offices and agencies have created resources and services for those impacted by COVID-19 precautions. Below are links you may find helpful.
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 irs.gov 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
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Unemployment Compensation Office is waiving the standard one-week waiting period to receive unemployment compensation for those who are employed in Pennsylvania and whose income is impacted by Coronavirus.
Find Unemployment Benefits
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:
Giant Food Stores
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:
Walmart has announced they are hiring temporary workers.
Domino’s Pizza – hiring workers and delivery drivers
Amazon – hiring delivery drivers and warehouse workers
Connect with Spartan Career Services:
Email: [email protected]
Spartan Career Services via text: 717-974-3265
PA Department of Health
New Jersey Resources
New York Resources
Free or Reduced Cost Services
Search for free or reduced cost services like medical care, food, job training, and more.
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.
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
Low cost computers/laptops available for those who qualify.
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.
Credit Card Resources
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.
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.
5 Essential Online Learning Strategies
Locating a remote/virtual internship or volunteer experience:
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.