The Office for Student Development has been researching different free and low cost resources to support you during this transition. We know that this has been an exceptionally unusual time in your academic career, and we are committed to supporting you in any way that we can. We have provided a list of resources by category below. If you see a blue hyperlink, please click on it to be taken to information about the resource or an application to apply for the service. We have a small section dedicated to wellness and leisure activities to support you through self- isolation. Don’t forget to check your email every Monday for our Weekly Happenings Newsletter. The newsletter provides weekly reminders of EU specific academic and student development happenings as well as self-care tips, recipes of the week, and of course some memes and videos to make you laugh. Thank you for all you bring to the Eastern community in person and online, and please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about additional resources.
Internet and Technology Resources
To sign up click the link and fill out an application or call 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish to apply
Free Spectrum Internet (better if your whole family needs internet)
To sign up click this link and mail in a paper application or call 1-844-488-8395
T-Mobile Wireless and Internet Service (free or low cost with contract required)
To sign up, fill out the application and submit online or print and mail in this paper application
Call tel:833-266-3218 with any questions about contract terms, applications, or eligibility
Food and Housing Resources
Important things to remember:
Call food pantries, churches, and other distribution providers before visiting them. Some providers are experiencing changes in hours and or a lack of volunteers. Calling ahead can help ensure that food is available and that hours of service are accurate.
Apply for state and federal benefits if you are eligible. Eligibility requirements have changed based on recent legislation like the Families First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA).
SNAP, commonly referred to as “Food Stamps,” application information by state (drop down menu at the bottom of the page to select your state)
Utility Emergency Services Fund (UESF)- Housing Help for Philadelphia County residents helps pay for expenses such as energy or heating bills, grants and financial aid to cover housing costs visit the website link or call 215-972-5170
Transportation and Moving Resources
Emergency Aid Resources
PA Unemployment Benefits Initial Application- please check your specific state requirements and application processes, if you do not live in Pennsylvania
Online and Work-from-Home Opportunities
Handshake (has remote internship/job opportunities) (login with your EU login/password)
EU's Center for Career Development
The Center for Career Development offers one-on-one career counseling appointments via Zoom. Some popular topics include:
Resume and Cover Letter Critique (we can do these via email also for asynchronous critique!)
Major and Minor Selection
Internship and Job Search How-Tos
LinkedIn and Handshake profile assistance
Networking with professionals in your field
Grad School Application assistance
Mock Interview and Interview Preparation
Other Ideas for Generating Income
Contact your supervisor for information on working from home as a student worker at EU
Faith-based Support Services
From EU's Office of Faith and Practice
Spiritual Encouragement and Prayer - Please email email@example.com to schedule a Zoom session
Campus Ministries - Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to connect with Campus Ministry Leaders, Student Chaplains, or Team Chaplains
Counseling and Mental Health Resources
Counseling is being offered through a telecounseling platform at Eastern University. Current counselees have been contacted by their counselors. Students who want to submit new counseling requests should contact Dr. Lisa Hemlick (email@example.com). For crises, students should contact the Crisis Text Line (text HOME to 741741), call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 (TALK), or access local resources.
Crisis Text Line - text HOME to 741741
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - call 1 800-273-8255 (TALK)
National Domestic Violence Hotline - Call 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-799-7233 for TTY, or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522.
Academic Support Services
Tutoring Services have moved online. Please email your tutor to set up an appointment. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for new tutoring requests and or questions.
*New CCAS Academic Coaching* Recognizing the challenges students face with the transition to the online environment, CCAS is adding remote academic coaching services. These will usually be provided by the graduate counseling interns. Contact Dr. Lisa Hemlick (email@example.com) to make a request or get information.
Disability Accommodations: CCAS is ensuring that disability accommodations are provided to eligible students. CCAS is coordinating testing accommodations remotely and providing proctoring when needed. Students already approved for testing accommodations should contact Liz Peck (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lori Dziedziak (email@example.com) with questions. Students should submit new requests for testing or other types of accommodations to Lori Dziedziak.
Other Academic Resources
From EU's Warner Library
Research Question Help through the EU Library
To access this service click the link to view the guide
Place a hold on the item you would like to be mailed to you
Contact the EU Library at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Textbook Library for Access to Free Online and PDF copies of textbooks
American Math Institute for free access to math textbooks and resources
Galileo Institute for Access to Free Online and PDF copies of textbooks
Open Textbooks SUNY for Access to Free Online and PDF copies of textbooks
Libre Textbooks for Access to Free Online and PDF copies of textbooks
Open Stax for Access to Free Online and PDF copies of textbooks
This is a great resource for college students and for parents and siblings who need help finding activities for K-12 family members who are also at home right now
Helpful Tools for Online Learners
Kanban Board Application for Visual Learners to Plan Tasks, Group Projects, and Time Management
Mind Mapping Template to Brainstorm Concepts, Papers, and Projects
Resources for Calculus through Active Calculus
Philadelphia Area Specific Resources
The City of Philadelphia has a current moratorium on utility shut offs and evictions. If you believe you have been illegally evicted or your utilities (i.e. water, gas, electricity), please call 267-443-2500 to submit a claim for assistance or phillytenant.org/legal-help to ask for free legal help. The City of Philadelphia is also providing news/policy updates. Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to subscribe.
Help for the Homeless- call 215-232-1984
Free 24/7 Telehealth through Behavioral Health for folks w/Medicare or Medicaid 1-888-545-2600
Food Distribution Sites during school closings
Benefits Access applications in PA- Call 1-844-848-4376 or download the myCOMPASS PA app