Pandemic supports for students

April 24, 2020 | Health, Campus Life

We understand that it hasn’t been easy for students to adjust to so many changes over the past month. If you’re finding yourself struggling financially, academically or personally, you’re not alone. Here are a few resources that might help.

If you need help meeting your basic needs

If you’re a full-time MacEwan student and you’ve lost your job due to the pandemic, you may be eligible for the COVID-19 Student Relief Bursary. Apply by clicking on the Financial Aid tile in myStudentSystem.

If you’re in need of food, SAMU’s Pantry program is still providing limited distribution of food hampers. Visit SAMU.ca/Pantry to submit a hamper request. If you qualify, the next pick-up period is between April 30 and May 1.

For further support, we encourage you to check out the following public resources:

If you’re feeling overwhelmed

Feeling overwhelmed or anxious? MacEwan’s Wellness and Psychological Services is taking appointments online and by phone. Here’s some advice on setting up an appointment, and what to expect.

Sometimes you just need someone to talk to, and who better than one of your own peers? SAMU’s Peer Support is a student-operated service that provides students with a safe, confidential environment to talk with a trained volunteer listener via online chat – no appointment necessary. For hours and other details, visit SAMU.ca/PeerSupport. Please note that the Peer Support team members are not registered psychologists.

If you’re having a hard time learning online

As you wrap up your final projects and exams for the Winter term and get ready to start Spring/Summer term courses, you might need a little help transitioning to online learning. If you need research support, have a question about citations or want some writing pointers, the library staff are online and ready to guide you. Check out the five ways MacEwan Librarians are ready to help you work online.

Right now, you’re fully relying on technology to complete your coursework and connect with profs and classmates. If you have tech questions, the Tech Support team can help. Here are their answers to some of our students' frequently-asked questions.

If you don’t know where to start

And if you’re not sure exactly what kind of help you need, you can always contact the Student Affairs main office to discuss services and resources that might be helpful to you.

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