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Emergency Resources for Students

Here is a list of emergency resources that may be useful for students. The list includes services offered on campus and in the community.

Financial Assistance

  • North Seattle College is proud to support students with emergency financial grants while enrolled in school. We know that unexpected expenses and emergencies can create a barrier to remaining enrolled in school and completing your program of study. We have multiple sources of funds students can access from one application. More information is on the Emergency Assistance page.
  • Information about Washington State unemployment benefits for workers affected by COVID-19 is explained here.
  • Cash, food, and medical assistance is available through the WA State Department of Social and Health Services.
  • The Department of Social and Health Services has started the temporary and new Disaster Cash Assistance Program. This program provides immediate cash payments to people impacted by COVID-19. It is available to Washington residents regardless of citizenship status, and does not require applicants to provide a Social Security number. A link to the application is online and more information is here.
  • Restaurant or food service workers may be eligible for $500 grants through The Plate Fund.
  • New federal rules in response to COVID-19 expand eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits and the Washington Worker Retraining Program, which provides tuition and other support for students enrolled in professional-technical, including BAS programs, high school completion, GED and ESL programs. Students who have experienced a loss of work hours or been laid off from a part-time position (including Uber/Lyft drivers and other gig-economy workers) due to COVID-19 may be eligible for assistance. Please see the attached flyer for information about these changes.
  • The government is distributing economic stimulus payments to eligible citizens. You can find more information about the stimulus payments and filing a tax return online


  • Food assistance is available through the Washington Connection program. Apply online for the program.
  • A map of local food banks is online. Please call the food bank to confirm their hours.
  • If you are a Running Start student, or enrolled in Seattle Public Schools, there are free sack lunches available in the area. More info here.
  • The City of Seattle will soon be offering grocery vouchers to families currently enrolled in city-subsidized child care and food-assistance programs. More info here.