Please note: these resources have been suggested to us but are subject to availability.
Dial 2 – 1 – 1
For a student away from campus and in need of access to food, shelter, health care, employment, and child care- Dial 2-1-1 provides free, confidential information and is available 24 hours a day to help individuals find resources within their community. A service by the United Way of North Carolina.
Housing Foreclosures and Evictions Suspended
- US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Suspending all foreclosures and evictions until the end of April
- NC Counties that have halted evictions
- Beaufort, Buncombe, Cumberland, Harnett, Lenoir, Onslow, Pitt, Robeson, Scotland, Wake
- NC Housing Search-
- A free service to list and find affordable housing
Prepare for Online Learning
From Distance Education Learning Technologies Applications (DELTA) https://delta.ncsu.edu/news/2020/03/16/tips-for-students-to-prepare-for-online-learning/
Child Care Services Association
Child Care Referral Central Services, a free referral program is monitoring child care program closures as well as programs that may have additional capacity.
Laptop Loaner Program
NC State University Libraries currently have a limited pool of laptops for students for long-term lending which can be delivered to you wherever you are. They also take requests for other items (calculators, etc) that students may need for the semester. Submit a Tech Lending Special Request.
Most checked-out books and materials now have an extended due date to May 13, 2020. You can check your NC State University Libraries account to see a list of the items you have currently checked out and their new due dates. Please do not return library materials at this time. If you have questions, please Ask Us.
NC State University Libraries provides help through chat as well as video or phone consultations. You can get help with textbooks and e-books, and the Libraries also has a collection of video tutorials that address common research challenges and access to LinkedIn Learning, which offers video courses in software, creative, and business skills.
Free computers for students
Kramden Institute has free computers available for students in need!
Call 919.293.1133 to schedule an appointment to pick up a computer.
Free Educational Resources (K-College)
Free NC State E-Textbooks
Internet & Cellular Service
- Broadband Infrastructure Office
- Has compiled a list of new and existing free or affordable service offerings from vendors across the state: https://www.ncbroadband.gov/covid19broadband/
- Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call: 1-844-488-8395
- Visit their website for more information.
- Visit Comcast’s Website here.
- Comcast’s will offer free public Wi-Fi for all for 60 days. Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi
- We will make it even easier for low-income families who live in a Comcast service area to sign up by offering new customers 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month. We’ll send all new customers a free self-install kit that includes a cable modem with a Wi-Fi router. There will be no term contract or credit check and no shipping fee. To sign up, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
- Verizon Wireless:
- Verizon Wireless will waive late fees and keep residential and small business customers connected if negatively impacted by the global crisis
- T-Mobile will provide unlimited smartphone data to all current subscribers and increase the data allowance to schools and students using their digital learning programs. They will also allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
- Sprint will give subscribers unlimited data for 60 days and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
- AT&T offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families, and will waive any late payment, open public Wi-Fi hotspot, and not terminate wireless, home phone or broadband due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
- Cox Communications:
- Cox Communications will increase speeds on low-cost broadband plans.
U-Haul Offers 30 Days Free Self-Storage
The free month applies to new customers with college IDs and is a limited-time offer subject to availability. Click on uhaul.com/storage to find the store nearest you. Contact the store by phone or visit in person to take advantage of the offer.
Rental Car Minimum Age Reduction
With colleges and universities announcing campus closures in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, Enterprise wants to make it easier for students to get home to their families by reducing the age minimum and waiving the young renter fees for rentals through May 31, 2020. Visit the Enterprise website.
- Tru by Hilton RDU Discounts
- Tru by Hilton Raleigh Durham Airport at RTP is now a location for displaced students and their families. They are offering a Discounted Student Rate of 20% off each night of their stay. Please use the following link to make your reservation.
- DoubleTree by Hilton RDU Discounts
- The DoubleTree by Hilton Raleigh Durham Airport at RTP is offering a Discounted Student Rate (see flyer) for all students in the area who can’t get home. The special rate is $59 / night plus tax. They offer Complimentary Shuttle Service to and from the RDU airport every ½ hour at the top of the hour and bottom of the hour from 4:30am – 1:00am. https://www.hilton.com/en/corporate/coronavirus/
Other service providers not listed here may also be providing free or expanded services. Please try Googling the company’s name and “COVID-19 RESPONSE” to locate any announcement they may have.