Local Resources

Local Resources for Students in Need

Financial Support

  • Penn State Student Financial Education Center offers free peer-to-peer financial education through walk in or appointment Monday through Friday 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Located in 309 Paterno Library. For more information contact sfec@psu.edu
  • Penn State Office of Student Aid offers tuition help and advice through walk in or appointment Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Located in 314 Shields building. For more information contact (814) 865-6301
  • Penn State Student Emergency and Family Services provides resource support for students facing personal crises, tragedies, or emergencies. For more information contact (814) 863-4926
  • Penn State Student Employment Office offers help in finding student jobs offered by the university. Located in 110 HUB-Robeson Center. For more information contact (814) 865-8470
  • Part-time jobs are available on the Penn State Auxiliary and Business Services employment website atabservices.psu.edu/abservices/

Textbooks & Education

  • Students in need of textbook assistance can apply for textbook rental assistance through the Penn State University Student Bookstore. The Office of the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs will make arrangements to cover the costs of textbook rentals. Students who receive textbook assistance will be required to comply with textbook rental policies and return the rentals to the book store at the end of the semester.
  • Students may request financial support by contacting the Office of the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs in 120 Boucke Building, or by calling 814-863-4926. Each student who requests an Emergency Fund award must meet with the Assistant Vice President or the Associate Director for Student and Family Services to discuss the reasons for the requested aid. Final decisions to grant or deny requests are made by the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs.
  • Books and materials for select classes can be checked out on reserve from many of Penn State’s Libraries. For more information check with your course instructor or contact (814) 865-6368
  • iClickers can be rented for a $40 deposit through the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) iClicker rental program at the beginning of each semester. Located in 314 HUB-Robeson Center. For more information contact (814) 863-4326
  • Penn State Learning offers free peer tutoring and study groups for a variety of courses. Located in 220 Boucke. For more information contact (814) 865-1841

 Food Resources

  • Penn State Lion’s Pantry helps supplement any Penn State student’s food budget by providing them with an assortment of non-perishable goods. For more information visit sites.psu.edu/pridepantry
  • Abba Java Coffeehouse offers free coffee and snacks Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and free lunch on Sundays. Located on the corner of Locust and     Calder Way in downtown State College. For more information contact (814) 238-6739
  • Project Cahir will help students running low on campus meal points by depositing up to $100.00 onto their campus meal plan account. This option is available for on-campus meal plan holders only.
  • Project Cahir will help off-campus students struggling to buy groceries by depositing up to $100.00 onto their Penn State LionCash+ account. LionCash+ is accepted at a variety of local grocery stores by swiping your student ID card. This option is available for off-campus students only. Students will be required to submit receipts to the Office of the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs to verify that the funds were used for grocery purchases.

Toileteries

  • Students in need of toiletry items can request a pre-made package of toiletries. Each package will include items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, deodorant, shaving products, and/or feminine hygiene products. If a student has a specific need for items not in the pre-made package, they can request up to $25.00 to be added to their LionCash+ account. Students will be required to submit receipts to the Office of the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs to verify that the funds were used for toiletry purchases.

Health Support

  • Penn State Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers group therapy, individual counseling, crisis intervention, and psychiatric services as well as providing prevention, outreach, and consultation services for students. Located in 501 Student Health Center. For more information contact (814) 863-0395
  • University Health Services offers a variety of free contraceptive products. Located in 201 Student Health Center. For more information contact (814) 863-0774
  • University Health Services offers confidential HIV/AIDS blood tests through the Health Promotion and Wellness program at no charge to Penn State students. For more information contact (814) 863-0774

A copy of the resource card is also made available for downloading and easy access: Project Cahir Resource Card 4.1.16

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