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COVID-19 Self-care & Wellbeing

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Financial Assistance

Q: What if I am a student experiencing financial hardship or having difficulty meeting basic needs due to COVID-19?

A: We understand that some students will experience financial hardship associated with the impact of COVID-19 as it relates to family, travel, and academics. The following resources are available:

1. The Office of Student Financial Aid:

The Office of Financial Aid has a team of people ready to help connect you to the financial and other resources you may need. Students will receive responses in 24 hours and can request assistance in four ways:

  • Emergency Request Form:
  • Email:
  • Phone:  (608) 262-3060 between 10am-2pm CST Monday-Friday
  • Self Service Request through MYUW (financial aid applicants have this option in addition to the above 3)When you submit your request through the student center or email indicate “Covid-19” in the subject. Funds are available for all students, regardless of FAFSA eligibility.
  • Dean of Students Crisis Grant or Loan: The Dean of Students Office offers short-term loans and grants. Students must complete theonline applicationand make an appointment with the Dean of Students Office.
  • International Student Services Loan:ISS offers up to $5,000 long-term loans. Students must make an appointment with ISS (in-person or via phone) to discuss this option. Funds may also be available to international students through the Office of Student Financial Aid. =
  • Deferred Tuition Payment:Students may be eligible for a deferred tuition payment date and late-fee waiver. Students should contact the Bursar’s Office for extending their tuition payment date at:
  • Other Emergency Funds:
    Your schools, colleges, departments, and programs may have other emergency funds that could support students. The current list of available units with emergency funding (subject to availability)
  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • Department of History
  • School of Veterinary Medicine
  • University Health Services
  • UW Credit Union Emergency Loans:

    UW Credit Union is offering $2,500 emergency loans to members. No repayment or interest for the first 90 days, then a fixed rate of 1.90% APR for the first three years.Click here for more information.
  • Student Relief Fund

    The Student Relief Fund is a nationally organized mutual aid fund for college students facing homelessness or hunger due to campus suspensions/closures.Click here for more information.
  • Energy/Utility AssistanceHelp with heating/electric costs and energy crisis. Call (608) 267-8601 or click here

Food Resources

The Open Seat – UW Student Food Pantry 

Beginning Tuesday, March 24, 2020, from 12:00-1:00 PM students can come to Union South near the hotel entrance off of Dayton Street to pick up prepackaged food boxes.  These boxes are intended to assist those who need to supplement their food budget.

Boxes are packed and distributed by Second Harvest Foodbank.  They come in a 10 lb size for an individual or a 25lb size for a household of four. The first round of boxes will be available on March 24 at 12:00 PM. To submit a form to get a box of food, click here

For more information, click here.

Goodman Community Center: Drive Thru Food Pantry 

The Fritz Food Pantry at the Goodman Community Center will distribute pre-packaged bags (mostly non-perishable items) outside in a drive-thru or walk-up fashion in the Ironworks driveway circle (149 Waubesa St.) during regular pantry hours: Click here for the website.

  • Tuesday 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Wednesday 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Thursday 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

To see a list of all food pantries in Dane County, as well as the hours they are operating, click here

City of Madison Food Resources

Food Transportation Resources

Transit Solutions (608) 294-8747 can provide accessible rides to grocery stores, food pantries, and medical appointments, as well as grocery deliveries for those who can place orders remotely.

Free Online Services/Subscriptions


Concerts, Music & Theatre 

Apple Music is offering a free three-month subscription.

The New York Metropolitan Opera is offering free daily encore performances. The Seattle Symphony is also providing free live shows.

London-based concert hall Wigmore Hall announced it will be sharing exceptional performances, masterclasses, talks and more from past events at Wigmore Hall.

Broadway HD currently has a free 7-day preview featuring some of the biggest shows on Broadway. The Globe Theatre is also offering free videos featuring adaptations of scenes from various Shakespeare plays as well as additional content.

The Met has began streaming for free encore presentations of its Live in HD series. A different performance will be made available for a period of 20 hours a day beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET until 3:30 p.m. the following day.

Renowned playwright Lauren Gunderson began helping aspiring artists in quarantine to live out their dreams by offering her first writing tutorial: Playwriting Class Part 1, Beginnings and Endings, which she broadcast via Facebook with more to come.

Featuring works in dozens of languages, you can download your favorites for free from Project Gutenberg.  If you are a fan of classic choose-your-own adventure books, head over to Project Aon. For fans of Comics, Comixology has extended their free preview to 60 days.

Scribd made its service available for free to anyone for 30 days, including access to fiction and nonfiction ebooks, audiobooks, magazine articles and more. No credit card or commitment is required.

Virtual Library Card
While Madison Public Library is closed, if you don’t already have a full use library card, you can apply for a virtual library card that gives you access to all of our online resources including Wisconsin’s Digital Library’s eBooks, audiobooks, and movies.

After you apply for a virtual card, we’ll email you your new library card number that will allow you to access Wisconsin’s Digital Library until June 30th, 2020. Once the library re-opens, you can come to the library with your photo ID and proof of address to get a full use library card. Please email if you have any questions.

The eight Ivy League schools are offering hundreds of online courses to the public for free.Dhawal Shah, founder of the online course aggregator site, Class Central, compiled a list of more than 400 classes.

Virtual Museum Tours
Good Housekeeping also brings a great list of virtual museum tours & you don’t need a membership to take the virtual tour.

Video Games
The Internet Archive is a great location for lots of content. In particular, they offer access to hundreds of classic PC and DOS video games that you’ve probably been unable to play since you updated to Windows XP. Parental warning, a handful of games do have adult themes.


Audible has released a number of kids audiobooks for free. Additionally, Penguin Random House is providing free daily book readings as well as sing-a-longs for kids.

The educational publishing company Scholastic announced it has a digital learning hub for free that’s intended to “support virtual learning plans.” It says the curriculum covers English language arts, STEM, social studies and social-emotional learning.

Ranger Rick is offering free digital subscriptions through the end of June. Sign up online at

Health & Wellness services

Sanvello is currently offering free premium access to their app. Practice meditation and learn other clinical techniques for dealing with stress, anxiety or depression.

Simple Habit is offering free premium access to their meditation and mindfulness app for those impacted by the current economic downturn.

Peloton: You don’t have to buy one of their bikes to get 90 days free access to their app.

Planet Fitness: The gym might be closed, but the company is offering free online workouts on their Facebook page.

Gold Gym is offering free access to its app, Goldsamp, until the end of May, where more than 600 audio and video workouts along with DJ mixes get you ready to work up a sweat.

Core Power Yoga and Down Dog are paid yoga sites that are now providing some online classes for free.

Sports Streaming Services

BASEBALL: In addition to being able to watch all of last season’s games on, you can also watch plenty of great classic games on MLB’s YouTube channel. Additionally, PBS has added Ken Burn’s “Baseball” to their list of online viewing options.

FOOTBALL: NFL Game Pass is offering free access until the end of May. Watch original programing and games from 2009 – 2019.

BASKETBALL: NBA League Pass is offering a free preview until April 22nd. Watch full and condensed games and additional programing.

HOCKEY: The NHL is providing access to games played this season before the shutdown as well as additional classic games and content from prior seasons.

SOCCER: Enjoy World Cup action from FIFA TV on YouTube featuring full games and original content.

Streaming Services

The WWE has unlocked a large amount of content online including all prior Wrestlemanias, past live shows and loads of original content.

CBS is making ‘Star Trek: Picard’ available to those with a free trial by using the code GIFT.

Amazon Prime has unlocked a number of TV shows and movies geared towards young children and families. Amazon membership not required.

Kanopy: This free service is available for access. All you need is your library card.

SLING is currently offering a free experience providing access to some family-friendly movies and shows as well as live news from ABC News.

Showtime is currently offering a free 30 day trial to new subscribers.

Acorn TV is offering 30 days free for access to many popular British shows. Use pass code FREE30.

For fans of the horror genre, Shudder is offering 30 days free with the code SHUTIN.

You can also get 30 days of Sundance Now by using the code SUNDANCENOW30.

STARS ONLINE: A number of celebrities have begun to reach out to fans on their social media platforms as well. You can watch Patrick Stewart recite Shakespeare on his Facebook page while Andrew Lloyd Weber is taking requests from fans on songs from his musicals.


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Online Mental Health Toolkits

SilverCloud is an online, self-guided, interactive mental health resource that provides students with accessible cognitive behavioral interventions 24 hours a day. SilverCloud does not require a referral from a mental health or medical provider.

SilverCloud is not designed to replace in-person mental health treatment for many complex concerns but may be an effective option for students with mild to moderate symptoms to:

  • Help manage day-to-day stresses and anxiety
  • Improve resilience
  • Learn skills to understand thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
  • Reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Hear stories of other college students

For more information or questions about SilverCloud, click here.

Virus Anxiety Toolkit

Resources for anxiety and mental health in a global climate of uncertainty. To view toolkit, click here!

Online UW-Madison Tutoring

Remote Learning Support Services

During this period when instruction is remote due to COVID-19, many UW-Madison Learning Support Services are still available in a remote format. They are here to support you and help you continue to achieve academic and career success. Below find a list of Learning Support Services and how you can remotely connect.

Click here for a list of Remote Tutoring Services.

Remote Learning Support for Student-Parents

The Wisconsin Center for Educational Research has a resource we encourage you to check out related to homeschooling.

Please know that you are not alone. You might also consider speaking with your academic advisor about options available to you, as well as the Dean of Students Office for additional support. Additionally, should you be looking for child care resources campus provided some information here.

Recreation And Wellbeing 


All Rec Well facilities are closed and all programs, services, and events are canceled indefinitely.

Click here for updates!

Home Work-Ins through Planet Fitness

Exercise can reduce stress, help you stay healthy, and keep you feeling great. So, Planet Fitness offering FREE in-home workouts, live-streamed daily, for all Planet Fitness members and non-members alike. Workouts will be led by trainers and surprise celebrity guests. No equipment needed! Classes are 20 minutes or less!

Where: From home, through Facebook Live!
When: Live streamed daily starting Tuesday, March 17
Time: 6:00 pm (CT)
More Info: Click here!

Free Yoga and memberships with the Down Dog App!

The Down Dog app is an app that lets you do yoga basically anywhere and guarantees a new workout every time! Now through July 1, Down Dog is offering free access for teachers and students. (K-12, and college).

For more info and to fill out the form, click here!


University Health Services

For students remaining on campus, in either residence halls, University Apartments, fraternity and sorority housing or off-campus housing, UHS remains open, with limited clinical operations. They are currently expanding telehealth appointments.
Students can schedule medical or counseling appointments by calling 608-265-5600. 24/7 nurse advice and crisis lines are also available.

Click here for more info!

Telehealth Counseling 

Mental health counseling via phone call or video meeting is available at the following appointment-only services. These services are not free, but they do take several insurances and offer limited spots at a sliding scale fee:

Golden Vibes Counseling Center
Phone: 608-571-0558

Gifts of Emotion – Trauma Specialized Counseling
Phone: 608-301-5708
Scheduling link here.


Different from a crisis line, a warmline is a phone number people can call to get support and learn about available mental health resources relevant to them or their loved ones.

To learn about some warmline resources near you, click here

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Hotline:

The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

For more information, click here.


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Transfer Student Coordinators

Transfer Student Coordinators and Interns

(608) 890-4690

Shelby Knuth

Transfer Transition Coordinator

(608) 890-4525

Tracy Mores

Program Director & Pre-Transfer Advisor

(608) 890-1649