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Information for Students

In this time of everything getting turned upside down, please know that there are resources available to help those students in need:

Food Pantry

The Dean of Students (DOS) operates a food pantry in the Campus School building (PAAW).  Students can drop in and only need their ID.

Student Emergency Fund

The DOS also manages a student emergency fund.  Students can apply for one time grants up to $400.

Both of these are supported by donations to the University Foundation, and they’ve moved those funds to the top of their giving list

Off campus, where most students live, they should visit the Idaho Food Bank website for information on obtaining grocery items.  The  Food Assistance Locator has a map showing food pantry sites in the city and region – just type in their zip code.  The blue pins that show up are where they can get meals.  This map can list sites all over the state by zip.  Again, these resources are supported by donations to

Additional Resources

And, students can download the  Self Rescue Manual.  It is a 30+ page document listing resources of all types and all situations for Ada and Canyon counties, homeless, youth, and there is a version in Spanish, as well.

Paycheck Protection Program — 

contained in The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) — approved on 3/27/2020 by the U.S. Government. Briefly described, the CARES Act has set aside $350 billion to keep people employed during the pandemic.

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Idaho has $39,821 small business, 578,134 small business employees, and is eligible to receive up to $1.5B from the Paycheck Protection Program. At a very human scale, a maximum loan of 2.5x the average total monthly payroll costs, incurred during the year prior to the loan date, is possible. The loan is 100% federally guaranteed and may be forgiven if the borrower maintains payroll during the loan period or restores it after the crises passes.

Eligibility to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program is summarized below. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has created an intuitive guide that can be found here. For additional details, refer to Sec. 1102 of the CARES ACT.

  • Small business with fewer than 500 employees
  • Small business that otherwise meets the SBA’s size standard
  • 501(c)(3) with fewer than 500 employees
  • Individuals who operate as a sole proprietor
  • Individual who operate as an independent contractor
  • Individual who is self-employed who regularly carries on any trade or business
  • Tribal business concern that meets the SBA size standard
  • 501(c)(19) Veterans Organization that meets the SBA size standard

If you are looking for advising, a permission number, or something more specific, visit our office Mon-Fri 8am-5pm in SCNC 153.

Otherwise, use the tabs on the right for further information.