Student Resource & Referral Services

Student Support Services: COVID-19 Update

Our physical office is closed but support is just a phone call or email away. We are waiting to serve you in our virtual office. Call 320-308-5096 or email Melanie.matthews@sctcc.edu 

We know that life happens and that sometimes you need a helping hand to work through challenges that would otherwise interfere with your ability to be successful at college.

We want to connect you to supportive community networks, resources, and opportunities to ease the burden and/or remove those challenges.

Through direct service, referral and coordination with outside agencies and resources, we will help you to gain access, information, and support to address specific needs and gain self-sufficiency. We will connect you to community and government agencies, healthcare providers, and other partner organizations to address your immediate and/or long-term needs and goals.

Cyclone Snacks is a SCTCC Student Senate sponsored program. Snack stations are located in several locations around campus and include grab-n-go foods to fill the gap between meals.

Eligibility Screening for public benefits such as WIC (Women Infants and Children) or SNAP (Supplemental Food Assistance Programs) is available at no charge. Schedule an appointment with the Student Support Manager, please visit office suite 1-401 in the Northway Building (located near the Records and Registration service window) or call 320-308-5090.

Other Local Food Support

Fare for All

Fare for All helps you save money on groceries. Fare For All buys fresh produce and frozen meat in bulk from wholesalers and manufactures to find the best deals. Volunteers pack the produce and meat into food packages. Fare for All offer packages for sale from $10 to $30 at all of our sale locations. All are welcome.  

Fare For All has 38 locations throughout Minnesota where food packages are sold once per month. You can preorder and pick up or buy in person, depending on the site. Find a site near you and learn how to shop there.

Food Pantries & Food Shelves

There are many food shelves and food pantries available to assist you in temporarily meeting your food needs. Generally, you must provide proof that you live in the food shelf/pantry service area. Contact the food shelf/pantry directly to learn about any other eligibility requirements may apply. Find a food pantry near you.

Affordable and safe housing is essential. Contact the Student Support Manager to learn more about housing resources available off campus, including subsidized housing and housing crisis help.

To schedule an appointment with the Student Support Manager, please visit office suite 1-401 in the Northway Building (located near the Records and Registration service window) or call 320-308-5090.

Local Housing Resources

National Housing Resources - Learn about renting and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rental assistance programs.

Whether you drive or use public transportation, getting to school can be challenging at times. Because we care that you are here, currently enrolled SCTCC students are eligible to ride all Metro Bus routes through the U-Pass Free Ride Program. Simply swipe your SCTCC student ID card through the farebox to ride.

Finding safe and affordable childcare that meets your needs and offers peace of mind is important. The Student Support Manager can assist you by helping to locate local licensed daycare providers and provide additional support for unexpected childcare needs.

Playhouse Child Care provides infant, toddler, preschool and school-aged childcare and school readiness to SCTCC Student Parents in a convenient on-campus location.

Parent Aware is a free online search tool where you may choose from more than 12,000 licensed childcare and early education programs in Minnesota.

Post-Secondary Child Care Grant  helps Minnesota residents offset the cost of daycare needs to attend college. Funds are limited and awarded based on application date and income. Application forms are available in Financial Services.

Students often find that finances are a source of stress when pursuing post-secondary educational goals. SCTCC Student Support Services can be a helpful resource when the need to make ends meet becomes more urgent than usual. 

Bridge to Benefits is a web based screening tool that assesses your eligibility for public benefits that can ease financial stress. Student Support Manager, Melanie Matthews, is a licensed social worker who can help you navigate this screening tool and connect to a wide range of public benefits that you may be eligible to receive.

Random Acts of Kindness is an emergency financial assistance program sponsored by the SCTCC Foundation. Contact the Student Support Manager to learn about eligibility criteria.

To schedule an appointment with the Student Support Manager, please visit office suite 1-401 in the Northway Building (located near the Records and Registration service window) or call 320-308-5090.

Other Referral Services Available

  • Chemical treatment assessment, programs, and support services.
  • Health insurance, medical issues, or need medical assistance.
  • Domestic violence support, intervention, transition assistance.

To schedule an appointment with the Student Support Manager, please visit office suite 1-401 in the Northway Building (located near the Records and Registration service window) or call 320-308-5090.

Student Support Manager

Northway Building, Room 1-401