Student Food and Shelter Assistance
We strive to reduce financial barriers to learning by providing students with financial assistance to help pay for their educational expenses. Here are community resources beyond the traditional financial aid programs that offer help to students in need of food and shelter care.
Bellingham Food Bank
The Bellingham Food Bank serves as a hub, connecting neighbors and emergency food providers with a steady supply of nutritious groceries, fresh food and a smile.
The Opportunity Council is a private, non-profit Community Action Agency serving homeless and low-income families and individuals. The Opportunity Council offers a broad scope of services that range from addressing immediate and crisis-oriented needs (food, emergency shelter, eviction-prevention) to longer-term programs that promote self-sufficiency in our community (early childhood education, home weatherization).
Basic Food in Washington
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), called Basic Food in Washington, helps low income people make ends meet by providing monthly benefits to buy food.
Whatcom Homeless Service Center
The Whatcom Homeless Service Center coordinates many of the housing resources in Whatcom County and have created a centralized and accessible way to link consumers to appropriate services.
WWU Student Emergency Food Funding
WWU students who need emergency food funding for a few days can seek assistance at the Financial Aid Services Center, Old Main 265, 360-650-3470.
WWU Student Short Term Emergency Loan
Emergency loans are available to WWU students who need funding on a short term basis. Emergency loans are available for 30, 60, and even 90 days. This loan program can be helpful to students in between paychecks, are experiencing a delay in financial aid disbursement, or have some other short term cash flow difficulty. Visit our web page for eligibility and application information.
WWU Counseling Health and Wellness Services
Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services is dedicated to assisting you in sustaining good emotional and physical health, and to providing care, guidance, and resources when needed. Our services are available to assist you with whatever psychological obstacles or physical ailments arise while you are at Western.