Non-Academic Student Support & Basic Needs

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

Student Support Updates

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.

SCTCC and Minnesota State have partnered with United Way 211 to establish a statewide basic needs resource hub. The basic needs resource hub provides SCTCC students access to basic needs resources and support available on campus and in the community via phone, text, or chat 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. 

United Way 211 provides free and confidential health and human services information. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to connect you with the resources and information you need. If you’re looking for information about services available in your community for you or a loved one, they can help.  

Text MNHELP to 898-211(TXT211) or call 211 (toll free at 1-800-543-7709) to speak with one of their highly trained information and referral specialists. Your call is completely confidential, and they have call menus in English, Spanish, and Hmong. Interpreters are also available for any language. 

Visit the 211 website to learn more or to explore resources and support that may be available.  

To search the 211 database of basic needs resources online, please visit the student basic needs website


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. The Student Support Manager can help you navigate this screening tool and connect to a wide range of public benefits that you may be eligible to receive.

SCTCC Emergency grants are available for situations when you urgently need funds for housing, food, medical needs, utilities, technology or transportation. 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.

Catholic Charities Emergency Services

Emergency Programs include: food shelf, back-to-school program, clothing program, financial assistance, good Samaritan fund, holiday toys, share the spirit program, and walk-in counseling.


The Salvation Army

Programs Include: Food shelf & free bread program, weekday lunch program, emergency assistance, utility assistance, emergency shelter, homeless veterans program, disaster relief services, men/women/youth ministries, backpacks and school supplies, warm coat program, tax preparation, Christmas toy program.


Cyclones Cupboard, our campus food pantry, is available for students to order a bag of groceries, hygiene and household items for free. 

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 to learn more.

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.


To select/Obtain Health Insurance – MNsure helps you in the process through an online system that uses your information to find you the best health care options.

Project Care

A local St. Cloud office, part of Legal Aid services, provides FREE help for people who are uninsured or underinsured enroll in public healthcare programs. Call them today if you would like help with this process.

320.253.0121 or 1.888.360.2889

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.

Transitional and Emergency Housing

Salvation Army Emergency Shelter
400 US-10S, St. Cloud

Catholic Charities Transitional Housing for Women


Affordable Housing Search

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


Programs Include: Energy Assistance Programs, Housing Programs, Home Ownership, Self-Sufficiency/Counseling Services, & Transportation.


SCTCC Mental Health Services

Students can access mental health counseling services on campus to help with a variety of life issues. There is no additional out-of-pocket cost to meet with our mental health professional and services are voluntary. Students can request an appointment by completing a Mental Health Services Request Form.

SCTCC Pregnant and Parenting Resources

Tips for Student Parents

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.

  • Day One 24-Hour Crisis Line (domestic violence & sexual assault)
    Text: 612-399-9995
    Online chat (Click on "Chat Now" on the top, left corner)
    1-866-223-1111 (voice)
  • Minnesota Crime Victim Support Line
    Text: 612-399-9977
    1-866-385-2699 (voice)
  • Crisis Text Line
    Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via text.
    Text “MN” to 741741

Anna Marie’s Alliance

Emergency Shelter & Support

St. Cloud City Attorney’s Office, Victim Assistance Program


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.

Other Referral Services Available

  • Chemical treatment assessment, programs, and support services.

Student Support Manager

Northway Building, Room 1-401