If you are uninsured or not covered by your parent’s health insurance or have lost health insurance due to loss of a job, here are some of your options:

Read more about health care options here

If you need support and we highly recommend to ensure a smooth application process for health care benefits, please contact these resources:

Neighborhood Food Sites: Free Healthy Meals for Kids. Schools are closed but MMSD will be providing free, nutritious meals for kids Monday through Friday at sites around Madison.

Who is eligible for breakfast and lunch each day?

  • All Children 18 and under in the household if at least one child attends a dismissed school.

Can a family member pick up food for another family member?

  • Yes, Food Service Workers will be required to ask the household member who is picking up the meals how many children are in the family and where they go to school. If they indicate that a child is too young to attend a school, they can still receive a meal.

Madison Area Food Pantries, Outlying Food Pantries, Meal Sites, Homeless Shelter Meals

Apply for FoodShare – program designed to help individuals and families with limited or low income to purchase food they need. Learn about how to apply for FoodShare/SNAP benefits here.

Please check with your institution whether they offer emergency funds for you as a student during this time of COVID-19.

Community organizations that support students may have just recently applied for grants and funding so more updates to come how these organizations can support students.

Gov. Evers has suspended evictions and foreclosures since March 27th, 2020 for 60 days. If you cannot pay rent due to loss of income, it recommended by the Tenant Resource Center to communicate with your landlord ASAP. If you need assistance in how to have that conversation (and document it), please don’t hesitate to call 608-257-0006, the Tenant Resource Center to speak with Housing Counselors to help you navigate your situation.

Madison Gas & Electric (MG&E) Billing and Payment Information Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 resource page for Alliant Energy customers

If you’re having problems with paying loans or credit card payments, reach out to your lender and bank to let them know you are experiencing financial hardship. They should be able to work with you to identify different options such as if they can allow payments to be deferred with no additional interests. 

Read more financial advice from UW Help here.

Financial Aid: 

  • The Department of Federal Student Aid has created a commonly asked questions section on their website that students may have pertaining to course credit and loan repayments during COVID-19, read about it here. This may help answer some questions surrounding your financial aid.
  • They have specifically stated on their website the following:

    “Your payments will automatically stop from March 13, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2020.

    To provide relief to student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency, federal student loan borrowers are automatically being placed in an administrative forbearance, which allows you to temporarily stop making your monthly loan payment. This suspension of payments will last until Sept. 30, 2020, but you can still make payments if you choose. Read the borrower Q&As below to learn more.”

  • For specific questions regarding your awards and financial aid, contact your college’s financial aid office. Here is a list of financial aid office contacts for UW-System universities. 

Coming soon!

TCSP COVID-19 Emergency Fund

The TOPS College Success Program is able to offer emergency assistance to TOPS Scholars who are currently enrolled. Conditions include unexpected or unresolved financial burden due to impacts from the state and federal government responses to COVID-19 pandemic.

Please be sure to check with your institution whether they have an emergency fund available to you to access and apply for.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a limited fund, we are reviewing applications on a first-come first serve basis and making decisions based on priority needs identified below. Priority will be given to TOPS scholars who have not yet received funding from the TOPS College Success Emergency Fund during the 2019-2020 academic year to date.
This application is subject to change daily due to organizational and national updates.

If you need support with this application, reach out to your coach:
Quentin Cotton (Madison College students): qcotton@bgcdc.org
Pa Done Yang (All UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, and UW-Whitewater students): pyang@bgcdc.org
Trevor Wirth (Edgewood College & All other schools): twirth@bgcdc.org

Once a decision has been made on your application, you will be notified in a timely manner (subject to change based on any national restrictions that impact our ability to process payments on your behalf.)

  • Open to TOPS Scholars who are enrolled in continuing education for the current semester.
  • Experiencing unexpected or unresolved financial burden due to impacts from the state and federal government responses to COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Food and emergency supplies
  • Immediate expected bills (ex. electricity)
  • Rent
  • Travel expenses (moving expenses from college to home)
  • Electronic device expenses (laptop, tablet, etc.)
  • Childcare
  • Completed application
  • Proof of needed expense (can be a copy of or screen shot of invoice, balance, etc.)