Covid-19 Student Resources

**Many of our resident students will also qualify for the services and assistance programs referenced on our Individual Resources page, so be certain to familiarize yourself on all your options!

Resources for Distance Learning

This page compiled by the University of Maine System has a host of resources for remote learning, include a particularly helpful section about your different options for internet access:

  • Home internet access from a commercial provider (e.g. Spectrum, Consolidated (DSL) or RedZone Wireless, etc.) or mobile hotspot access through your wireless provider/carrier (e.g. Verizon, US Cellular, etc.).
    • Several U.S. cellular carriers have pledged to provide customers with unlimited data and free mobile hotspot service as part of the ‘Keep Americans Connected’ pledge for the next 60 days. You may read more about the announcements from AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile.
  • An updated map of ‘Study-From-Car’ sites where WiFi guest access is available for outside of buildings is now available.  For each site, please check the website information provided for availability and connection information.
  • Spectrum WiFi Hotspot Finder
    • Charter/Spectrum has announced they will make all of its WiFi hotspots available for FREE public use through May 12 as part of their commitment to the ‘Keep Americans Connected to the Internet’ challenge. Learn more about their Covid-19 response.
  • Comcast WiFi Hotspot Finder
    • Comcast is providing Xfinity WiFi hotspot access for FREE through May 12 as part of their commitment to the ‘Keep Americans Connected to the Internet’ challenge. Learn more about their Covid-10 response.
  • Free Public WiFi is also available from a number of national chains, including:
    • Starbucks
    • McDonalds
    • Panera Bread
    • Dunkin Donuts
    • NOTE: Please use caution when utilizing public WiFi to access the internet.  Be sure to only use sites that begin with “https://” when entering confidential information, such as username/password

University of Maine System Resources

CARES Act Funds

The University of Maine System’s universities have been allocated $17.2 million in funding through the federal CARES Act, which was supported by Maine’s Congressional Delegation.  The Act requires that half of these dollars ($8.63 million) go directly to students to cover emergency expenses arising from the disruption in campus operations.

UMS universities will begin distributing CARES Act funds to eligible students starting the week of May 4. Federal guidance precludes the distribution of CARES Act funds to international students, DACA students, and students exclusively enrolled in online programs as of March 13, 2020.

Follow the link above for more detailed information!

Husson University Resources

Covid-19 Response Plan

Husson has put together a comprehensive plan to keep its students informed on its response to the Covid-19 crisis. The page was updated on April 23rd with information on the CARES Act and how it applies to Husson Students.

Eastern Maine Community College Resources

EMMC Emergency Fund

Funds are to be awarded to students who face an emergency situation or unanticipated and compelling circumstances that jeopardize their ability to successfully continue in school. Awards are not considered loans and are not expected to be repaid. Amounts are expected to range typically from $100 to $500. No student may receive more than $1,000 in emergency aid during FY20. You can complete an application at the link above.