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.


  • On the North Seattle College campus, we offer a curbside pop-up food pantry on Tuesdays from 4-7 p.m. for students, faculty and staff. The pantry is at 9600 College Way North (in the East Parking Lot by the Opportunity Center). You can drive through or walk up to pick up pre-packed bags. We have regular, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. You have the option to place an order so we can have your food ready for you when you come. Please visit tinyurl.com/nscfoodpickup to place an order.
  • Students are eligible for increased Basic Food (SNAP) benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Basic Food is extra money for groceries to help you put healthy food on the table. A family of 4 can receive over $600 a month for food! Learn more about this great resource and how to apply by visiting wafoodhelp.org or scheduling a Benefits Hub appointment.
  • Find emergency food resources across Seattle using the online map managed by the City of Seattle Human Services.
  • United Way of King County is offering weekly home food delivery in partnership with Door Dash and select King County Food Banks for King County residents. Visit their website to submit a request form.
  • Food assistance is available through the Washington Connection program. Apply online on their website.
  • If you are a Running Start student, or enrolled in Seattle Public Schools, there are free sack lunches available in our area. Find more info on their website.
  • The City of Seattle is offering grocery vouchers to families currently enrolled in city-subsidized child care and food-assistance programs. Find more info on their website.

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. Find more information on the Emergency Assistance webpage.
  • Meet with a United Way Benefits Hub coach to navigate available resources, access public benefits and make a financial plan. Visit the Benefits Hub webpage to make an appointment and learn more.
  • Cash, food, and medical assistance is available through WA State Department of Social and Health Services. Visit their website for more information.
  • The Employment Security Department is working to deliver Washington’s Pandemic Relief Payment (PRP) program this week and the newly extended federal benefits, which begin the week of Jan. 3, 2020.
  • The Department of Social and Health Services has started the new, temporary 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 on their website.
  • In response to COVID-19, new federal rules have expanded eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits and the Washington Worker Retraining Program. Worker Retraining 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.

Childcare & Resources for Parents

  • If you live or work in King County, you may qualify for financial assistance to help pay for child care. Visit the Child Care Resources website to learn more or call the Child Care COVID-19 Communications, Response and Referral Center at 1-800-446-1114.
  • WithinReach is available to assist you in navigating child care resources that may be available to you. Visit their website or call 1-800-322-2588 to get started.
  • The City of Seattle is opening up childcare centers for kids that need supervision while their parents are working. Visit their website to learn more.


  • The North Seattle Campus IT Help Desk is available to answer your technology questions. Email ITHelp@seattlecolleges.edu for assistance.
  • The North Seattle College Library has a limited supply of Chromebooks, hotspots and headsets available for checkout. Learn more on the Technology Loan Program webpage.
  • Comcast is providing free internet access for 60 days to new Internet Essentials customers. Visit their website to learn more.
  • Interconnection, a local nonprofit, offers low-priced refurbished computers and low-cost internet. Find more information on the Connect All website.
  • Xfinity is offering free internet at hotspots. A map of hotspots is available on the Xfinity website.
  • Additional hotspots can be found using the Washington State Drive-In WiFi Hotspots Location Finder.
  • The King County Library system is offering Wi-Fi access outside of its community libraries, with the exception of the Kent branch. For locations, visit their website.

General COVID Information

  • Visit the King County COVID-19 website for the latest county information, including free testing locations.
  • The Seattle COVID-19 resources website lists healthcare and hygiene station locations and resources at the city, community, county, state and federal level.
  • Find state information and resources on the Washington State Coronavirus Response website.
  • Find COVID testing sites by visiting the Department of Health website.
  • Learn what to do if you have a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 here.
  • See what to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19 here.
  • Learn what you should do if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and have not been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 here.

Other Resources

  • North Seattle public librarians have created a comprehensive list of COVID-19 resources for immigrants, people with disabilities, seniors/older adults and more. See the full list by accessing this document.
  • Solid Ground maintains an active list of resources updated weekly on their website.