Our students' stability and ability to be successful is of the utmost importance to us. We are here to support you and assist in navigating your situation to best identify resources and services.

There are a variety of community resources currently available and coming available daily that may be able to assist with your needs. Below you will find a list of the key players in providing individuals and families with emergency financial assistance. *This is not a comprehensive list* and you may find it valuable to research and search on your own as well. Here are some tips:

  • Use Google!
  • Try a variety of key words – i.e. overnight childcare, St. Louis; St. Charles rental assistance; help with asthma medication
  • Set aside time & be patient – there are currently a lot of resources available to assist people, but it can take time to sift through information on websites and/or fill out applications and submit documentation. Understand this is part of the process and unavoidable. Be prepared and know it may be frustrating. 
  • Make phone calls – it is critical that you call agencies to see if funds are still available, if there are any eligibility requirements, are there deadlines, etc. If an agency is out of funds, ask if they know who has funds.
  • Contact your providers/lenders directly – call and ask what options you have and offer to send documentation of your job/wage loss or tell them directly what you can pay and ask that they work with you.

We are also here to help you with this process. Our team can help you identify what your needs are, assist in looking for resources to meet those needs, and problem solve any gaps. You don’t have to do this alone.

UMSL Resources 

Triton Emergency Fund- If you are currently experiencing a financial hardship or emergency due to COVID-19 that is impacting your ability to be a successful student, please click on HERE to apply for support from this fund. 

UMSL Financial Aid-  will be able to assist you in determining if you are eligible for additional aid/grants/scholarships if your financial situation has changed since you did your last FAFSA. Please contact them directly HERE.

rental assistance

St. Louis County and St. Louis City are currently offering COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) and (ERA 1) which provides back rent and temporary rental assistance to low- and moderate-income households that have had a loss of income, have qualified for unemployment benefits, faced significant costs, or experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Saint Louis County residents can apply online at https://stlouisco.onlinepha.com/ until December 31, 2021.

If you need assistance with filling out the application, gathering the necessary documentation, uploading documents, or have questions about the process, there are program advocates currently available at St. Louis County Library locations. Click HERE for days/times.

Saint Louis City residents can apply online HERE until available until funds run out.


Apply for Unemployment: if you have recently lost your job or are furloughed due to COVID-19, please visit the unemployment Missouri government website. Before applying you will likley need documentation from your previous employer. The Department of Labor has the most up to date information on new legislation passed regarding assistance.

Unemployment Insuracne Provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act: Fact Sheet


Utility Assistance 

Emergency Broadband Program - currently assisting eligible families and households struggling to afford internet service. Recipients can receive up to $50/month discount for broadband services and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer or tablet. For more information and to apply, click here.       

Cool Down St. Louis: currently accepting applications for both St. Louis City and St. Louis County residents. Residents must be able to provide proof of disconnection or threat of disconnect. Funding is available now until end of September. Winter assistance starts in October, specifically for seniors, then November for everyone else. To apply click here. 

LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance): available to assist low income households with their heating and cooling cost. Currently there is funding available through the Summer Assistance Program until the end of September. NOTE - funding for electric only at this time. Applicants must have a disconnection notice to be considered. To complete the fillable application, click here. To find your local agency where your application can be mailed in or dropped off in person click here.  

Spire Energy Assistance: apply directly with them HERE.

St. Vincent de Paul: offers utility and rent assistance. Click HERE to search for your area.

24:1 If you live in the 24:1 area (municipalities of the Normandy School District) click HERE for a wide variety of resources.