Basic Needs

Need Money for Groceries? SNAP might be able to Help!

We are here to answer your question and help you navigate the benefit process.  This service is available to CSU students, faculty and staff!

For more information, check out our SNAP page!  Or contact or call us at (970) 491-8051.  You can also choose provide us with a bit of basic information and we will reach out to you directly regarding your case!

Colorado Hunger Free Colorado’s COVID-19 ( provides the following resources:
  • Food Resource Line
  • School Meals
  • Food Pantry Locations
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Food Bank of the Rockies – Food Bank of the Rockies is open and will remain so through duration of COVID-19 crisis. Monitor their COVID-19 Plans and Procedures for updates. Larimer, Weld, CSU Rams Against Hunger – Resources for CSU Students and Community To help address significant financial stress and food insecurity brought about by COVID 19, Rams Against Hunger is hosting a food distribution site out of the Lory Student Center Theatre. Fall hours of operation are as follows:
  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesdays: 4:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Thursdays: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Fridays: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
All CSU students, staff and faculty may select from a variety of fresh, refrigerated and shelf-stable foods. The distribution site is open to anyone with a CSU ID. To access the site, enter the south entrance of the Lory Student Center and follow the signs. Anyone visiting the site must adhere to strict social distancing guidelines and health protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Outreach representatives are available to assist with on-site SNAP applications! Pocket pantries now in three locations:
  • Lory Student Center- level 200 – ASCSU Plaza-side entrance Please “swipe” your CSU ID to enter the Pocket Pantry doors
  • University Housing – Aggie Village Family Apartments Aggie Village Family Center – 501 West Prospect St, Building 24
  • University Housing – University Village Center Apartments 1500, 1600, 1700 West Plum
This program allows eligible students to apply for 60 meal swipes, which can be utilized at any CSU dining hall. Rams Against Hunger Meal Swipe Program: How it works
  • Students apply for dining hall meals via the application on this website.
  • Applications are evaluated by Student Financial Services (eligibility for the program is outlined below in the “eligibility” section).
  • Applicants will be notified of their selection by the Rams Against Hunger Coordinator. Applications are accepted year-round and are accommodated on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Selected applicants will receive up to 60 meals per semester on their RamCard. If an applicant applies mid semester, the number of meals they receive will be pro-rated. These meals are loaded electronically onto the recipient’s card. Recipients will be notified via email when their card has been loaded with meals and is ready to use in the residence hall dining centers.
  • Recipients can swipe their RamCard at any CSU dining hall. Hours and locations of CSU dining centers can be found here.
  • Recipients may reapply each semester.
Who is eligible
  • Undergraduate students enrolled at Colorado State University and registered for 6 or more credits
  • Must have a valid RamCard (can be obtained at RamCard Office).
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution of 10,000 or less based on Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or CSU ASSET Bill Institutional Aid Application.
  • Must not currently have a meal plan at CSU Residential Dining Centers.
  • Priority will be given to students who have not received support from Rams Against Hunger previously.
For more information, email the Rams Against Hunger Coordinator or call 970-219-7165
Colorado Larimer, Weld, CSU Shelters, Meals, and Warming Centers Further Housing Resources Off-Campus Life – Housing resources for Colorado State University students. Continue to check their Remote Resource Access Page for up-to-date contact information and services. CSU’s Student Legal Services – Landlord-Tenant Issues

City of Fort Collins Social Sustainability – Discounts Programs, Rebates and Services.  Take an Income-Qualifying Eligibility Quiz here. 

If you need assistance with your utilities, see Colorado PEAK’s LEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance Program) and, if you live in Fort Collins, City of Fort Collins Utility Assistance Programs. 

The City of Fort Collins offers the opportunity to apply for a variety of, including:

State of Colorado resources for non-payment of utility bills

LifeLine Telecommunications – Discounts on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers.  Administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC).  

Salvation Army – utility assistance programs

CSU Students (Office of Financial Aid)

Below are some resources to help you pursue funding for your education:

We do encourage students who are experiencing a financial hardship to reach out to the Office of Financial Aid to see if you have exhausted your aid eligibility for the semester or whether you may qualify for some additional funding opportunities (determined by availability of funding and demonstrated financial need).  

Please connect with the Office of Financial Aid for an individual assessment. From that assessment, the Office of Financial Aid will determine possible financial aid options.  

Larimer County

State of Colorado



This bill (H.R.748) became law on March 26. National Public Radio presents a look at the details of the bill: “What’s Inside The Senate’s $2 Trillion Coronavirus Aid Package

The IRS Economic Impact Payment Information Center offers information regarding stimulus check eligibility and Get My Payment FAQs.

  • College students claimed by on their parent’s tax return or those under the age of 24 with parents that pay for at least half their expenses
  • Those without legal permanent residency; including those ineligible for a Social Security number, but paying taxes using an individual taxpayer identification number.
  • Individuals who have not filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return

U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid – Coronavirus and Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers, and Parents

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

This bill (H.R.6201) became law on March 18 and provides sick leave and the expansion of benefit programs. Temple University’s Hope Center presents a look at “The #RealCollege Student Implications of The Families First Coronavirus Response Act.”

 U.S. Department of Labor: Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights

Forgivable Small Business Administration Loans

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources (SBA)

National Domestic Violence Hotline resources

  • Call Hotline Number: 1-800-799-7233
  • Text Hotline Number: 1-800-787-3224
  • Chat Online

Crossroads Safehouse offers services to survivors of abuse

CSU Student Resources

Pride Resource Center – Available remotely for Colorado State students.  Please visit their Colorado Community Resource Page.

Women and Gender Advocacy Center continues to offer confidential victim advocacy and educational programming. They are hosting virtual office hours and online events, as well as answering phones.

Staff are producing COVID related interpersonal violence podcast episodes.


Coloradoans who have recently experienced a job loss or loss of income, might qualify for a 60-day Special Enrollment period with Connect for Health Colorado, which will allow you to sign up for a new health insurance plan or to change your current plan. Visit the When Can I Sign Up to learn more.

Community Health Resources

  • Free COVID-19 Emotional Support for Larimer County (bilingual support) – (970) 221-5551

CSU Students 

For CSU students who have lost coverage in the past 30 days and are interested in enrolling in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), please email

Out of State

If you are currently living outside of Colorado, please check your state healthcare website or visit to enroll in new insurance.

Colorado Office of Early Childhood

CSU CARE program Childcare Resource List

CSU’s Adult Learner and Veterans Services student parent resources

La Familia/The Family Center – Offering programs in Early Care and Education, Healthy Living, Family Strengthening, Adult Education and Resource and Referral.  Emphasis on serving the Latinx/Spanish speaking population.

Poudre School District’s Community Resources for Parents

House of Neighborly Service details related to COVID-19 response can be found on their facebook page

Loveland Rotary Kid’s Pack details related to COVID-19 response can be found on their facebook page

National Association of School Psychologists COVID-19 Resources Center

Colorado PEAK Assistance Programs – An online platform that will allow you to apply for a variety of benefits with one application. Click here to complete a brief eligibility screening for the following programs:

Colorado Center on Law & Policy – Immigrant eligibility for various safety net programs and what alternatives there are for groups facing eligibility restrictions: COVID-19 Resources for Immigrant Families

Center for Health Progress 

CSU Support Services for Undocumented, DACA and ASSET – Check out their comprehensive list of resources, FAQs and student specific info.

United We Dream healthcare access

American Red Cross – The Red Cross is currently providing lodging, food, medical and mental health support and emergency needs for individuals who have been impacted by the Cameron Peak fire. Please visit their site for the most up-to-date information.


Larimer County Resources – Emergency Alerts & Updates, Shelter Assistance (including for pets and animal sheltering)

Colorado State University and ASCSU partner to provide transit service to all students and university employees. Your RamCard is all you need to board a Transfort bus or MAX in Fort Collins.  See details here.

Around the Horn – map and details

TRANSFORT – Due to Covid-19, the Downtown and South Transit Centers are closed to the public. Fares are temporarily suspended and Transfort has implemented temporary service levels – Route Information Here. Passenger capacity on buses is limited. No standees allowed.

Parking & Transportation Services – other transport options including COLT (City of Loveland),  RTD (Denver), Get (Greeley), Bustang, Greyhound, Airport Shuttles and more

Bird Access – Community pricing option for low-income riders only that offers five 30-minute rider per day for only $5 a month.  For those enrolled or eligible for a government assistance program!


  • RamRide has partnered with Lyft to offer discounted rides to CSU students for the fall 2020 semester!  Available 24/7 anywhere in the U.S.  Visit Ramride x Lyft to learn more!
  • RamRide Food Ops – will deliver boxes of free food from the CSU Mobile Food Pantry (Rams Against Hunger) to on- and off-campus students, faculty, and staff.  Visit their site for details!

These sites provide a summary of financial, food, housing, childcare, utilities, unemployment, safety, health insurance, undocumented/immigrant family assistance, if you find yourself in need.

Aunt Bertha is a social care network resource hub provides information on how to access assistance with food, housing, goods, transit, health, money, care, education, work and legal services.

City of Fort Collins Social Sustainability – Discounts Programs, Rebates and Services. Take an Income-Qualifying Eligibility Quiz here.

CSU Voter Engagement and County Clerk Forums

United Way in Colorado – provides information about food and medical assistance, mental health resources, unemployment resources, utilities/rent assistance and other resources. Contact them via their website or by calling 2-1-1.

  • Locations in Denver, Craig, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Steamboat Springs, Rifle, Edwards, Grand Junction, and Fort Morgan
  • United Way of Larimer County – Living resources lists (available in Spanish and English), created by residents of Larimer County and maintained by United Way of Larimer County.

Wifi and Connectivity

CSU’s Academic Computing & Networking Services – See the CSU Keep Learning page for technology specific resources and internet access suggestions

Libraries at Colorado State University

Murphy Center Technology and Digital Rooms

Fort Collins Connexion – Wifi for your home

LifeLine Telecommunications – Discounts on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers.  Administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC).  

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