Student Emergency Fund
Penn State, in collaboration with Barnes and Noble College, has established a Student Emergency Funds Program to help meet the immediate needs of students experiencing crisis situations. Provided in the form of one-time awards, the value of the awards range in response to the specific needs of the student but typically does not exceed $1,000. Visit the Student Affairs website for information regarding eligibility or to share a concern. Direct questions to 814-863-2020 or [email protected].
CARES Act Funding
Penn State was allotted nearly $55 million from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Half of Penn State’s allocation—approximately $27.5 million—is designated by law to be disbursed as emergency cash grants to students impacted by disruptions to campus operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Penn State is distributing these grants via two rounds of funding. In the first round, the University will award grants up to $1,000 to more than 25,000 students, based on family income and other data from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Ivyside Eats Food Pantry
Penn State Altoona’s Ivyside Eats food pantry is still operating and helping students who are facing food insecurity, no matter where they are currently located.
While the physical location of Ivyside Eats is not open, bags of food are being provided to housing complexes, apartment buildings, and other places students reside. Assistance is also available for students living outside of the delivery region. Ivyside Eats will work with students individually by identifying resources close to them, providing online gift cards, or reaching out to Penn State alumni and Penn State family and friends for donations.