Students

Overview

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 ashlee.williams@eastern.edu with any questions about additional resources.


Internet and Technology Resources

Free Comcast Internet for Two Months (better for individuals; $5/month for households)

  • 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

How to go live on Instagram

How to add closed captions to Insta comments

How to live stream on YouTube

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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

Social Services Directory for Food & Housing Help by Area

National Listing of Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium Information

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Transportation and Moving Resources

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Services Available to College Students under 25

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Emergency Aid Resources

Student Relief Fund

United Way Worldwide COVID-19 Relief Fund

Emergency Aid for former foster youth

Financial support for former foster youth

PA Unemployment Benefits Initial Application- please check your specific state requirements and application processes, if you do not live in Pennsylvania

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Online and Work-from-Home Opportunities

Handshake (has remote internship/job opportunities) (login with your EU login/password)

Idealist.org (has remote internship/job opportunities)

Flexjobs directory of companies that hire remote jobs

How to Advance Your Job Search During the COVID19 Epidemic (webinar)


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

Students are encouraged to make appointments through Handshake or by emailing careers@eastern.edu. For more resources online, visit the careers website https://www.eastern.edu/careers.


Other Ideas for Generating Income

Contact your supervisor for information on working from home as a student worker at EU

Take surveys on popular brands to win gift cards

Proofread articles, test apps, take pictures, or do research for cash

Evaluate search engines, social media, and more!

Facebook listing of companies hiring

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Faith-based Support Services

From EU's Office of Faith and Practice

Stream Chapel Live Every Wednesday at 10AM

Spiritual Encouragement and Prayer - Please email ofp@eastern.edu to schedule a Zoom session

Campus Ministries - Email ofp@eastern.edu if you want to connect with Campus Ministry Leaders, Student Chaplains, or Team Chaplains

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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 (lhemlick@eastern.edu). 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.

Interactive Guide to Safety Planning

Coronavirus Anxiety Toolkit

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Academic Support Services

EU Writing Center Center Online

Tutoring Services have moved online. Please email your tutor to set up an appointment. Email lizette.peck@eastern.edu 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 (lhemlick@eastern.edu) 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 (ccastest@eastern.edu) or Lori Dziedziak (ldziedzi@eastern.edu) with questions. Students should submit new requests for testing or other types of accommodations to Lori Dziedziak.

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Other Academic Resources

From EU's Warner Library

Research Question Help through the EU Library

EU Library Book Delivery by mail

  • 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 reference1777@eastern.edu.


Online Textbooks

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

Saylor Academy OpenBooks


Educational Companies Offering Free Subscriptions

  • 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

Pomodoro Time Management Technique

Weekly Planner PDF with Time Management Tips

Kanban Board Application for Visual Learners to Plan Tasks, Group Projects, and Time Management

Tips on Adjusting Study Habits during COVID-19

Study Group Learning Template

Group Meeting Planning Tool

Guided Learning Template (Sample Study Guide Template)

Mind Mapping Template to Brainstorm Concepts, Papers, and Projects

Resources for Calculus through Active Calculus

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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

Collective Success Network Wrap-Around Support Application

PA CareerLink Philadelphia

Philly Mutual Aid Cash and Community Assistance

Poor People’s Army Mutual Aid

Philabundance Food Bank Directory

Benefits Access applications in PA- Call 1-844-848-4376 or download the myCOMPASS PA app

Comprehensive list of philadelphia COVID resources

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Leisure and Wellness Activities

EU Teambuildr Fitness Program Registration Request

Netflix Party Watching Service

NY’s opera nightly at 7:30pm

British Museum Tour in London

Guggenheim Museum in NY

National Gallery of Art in D.C.

Musee d’Orsay in Paris

National Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art in Seoul

Pergamon Museum in Berlin

Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam

J Paul Getty Museum in LA

Uffizi Gallery in Italy

MASP in Sao Paulo

National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City

Louvre in Paris

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