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Covid-19 Student Support Resources

When you hear about a disease outbreak like Coronavirus (COVID-19), it is normal to feel anxious or experience stress. These reactions can take a toll on you emotionally, physically and mentally. The College is working tirelessly to reduce our campus risk and continue to student learning and support.

Covid-19 Related resource request

Metropolitan Community College recognizes you may have incurred unexpected expenses due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and your attendance at the College. Please use this FORM to request assistance with unexpected needs and expenses as a result of instruction being moved to remote/e-learning formats.

Covid-19 Financial action request form

If you had to withdraw from your 2020 Spring Quarter classes for a reason related to COVID-19,  after the last day to drop with a refund, and now have a balance due for college tuition, please complete this FORM.

If you need assistance completing a form, please call 531-622-HELP (4357) and ask for help with the COVID-19 Related Resource Request Form or the COVID-19 Financial Action Request Form.

Upon receipt of the form, college staff will follow up with you regarding your specific needs and concerns. Due to the volume of submissions, we ask that you allow a minimum 3 business days for a response.

Completing these forms does not guarantee we will be able to provide you with additional financial aid or tuition adjustments but will make every effort to assit you within institutional policies and federal guidelines from the U.S. Department of Education.

Here are some tips to ease anxiety and fear during this time.

  • Help students get the facts and stay informed about the steps that MCC is taking by providing them with links to the College's coronavirus webpage and to reliable sources of information, such as the CDC's coronavirus website. Also, try to stick to one news source, and check only once a day.
  • Keep things in perspective. Reduce worry and concern by lessening the time spent watching or listening to media coverage. Remember to take a break from watching the news and focus on the things that are positive in your life and things you have control over.
  • Keep connected. Maintaining social networks can help maintain a sense of normalcy, and provide valuable outlets for sharing feelings and relieving stress.

Students who are experiencing a high level of anxiety or stress can reach out to an advocacy counselor or their DSS counselor for support.

People who already are managing existing mental health conditions should prioritize self-care during difficult times and should contact their clinicians if they have questions or concerns. To reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Text "START" to 741-741 to reach the Crisis Text Line.

We're all in this together and we hope this information can help cultivate perspective and curb anxiety.

Click here for additional Community Resources.

We are an open access college that prepares individuals to attain their goals and contribute to the community. Our students sometimes face obstacles which hinder their success at MCC. Because your success is extremely important to us, we are here to help you access MCC and community resources so you can focus on your education and thrive.

Our Student Advocacy and Accountability team is here to assist students, address their concerns, navigate their challenges and get connected to helpful resources within the community.

If you are concerned about a MCC student who may be experiencing food, housing or funding insecurity, please let the Student Advocacy and Accountability Team know.
Faculty and staff can reach out on behalf of a student through Student Referral Form or by contacting an Advocacy counselor at their location.

Students can contact an Advocacy counselor for assistance. These services address immediate and emergency needs.

See Student Resource Guide for more information.

Resources for addressing food insecurity

Did you know a recent study by The Hope Center (2019) showed that nationwide, 50 percent of community college students don't have consistent access to adequate food and 60 percent face issues with unstable housing situations. Metropolitan Community College is committed to connecting our students to essential resources and would like to humbly offer a supplemental food source through our partnership with Food Bank for the Heartland. See the MCC e-Pantry request form. If there are any questions please don't hesitate to email ePantry@mccneb.edu or call 531-622-2875.

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Here are some additional resources in the surrounding community that will assist you:

Heartland Food Bank

Heartland Food Bank is a non-profit organization that distributes food to 600 food pantries, schools and emergency shelters across Nebraska and Iowa. To see their food locations and monthly calendar, visit the Heartland Food Bank website.

SNAP

SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the food stamp program. This program helps eligible students across Nebraska and Iowa who may meet the requirements apply for this valuable nutrition assistance. SNAP gross income guidelines do not apply to anyone that is a senior. It is possible you may qualify regardless of your income level if you are currently enrolled as a student. To find out if you eligible, contact a SNAP coordinator at 1-855-444-5556 or visit the SNAP website. For tips on healthy eating on a budget, visit the USDA website.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children. WIC provides support services to pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and children up to age five. Applicants must meet income guidelines, live in the State of Nebraska and be individually determined to gross income requirements. Individuals who receive Aid to Dependent Children, Food Stamps and/or Medicaid are automatically eligible to receive WIC. Contact the Douglas/Sarpy County WIC office at 402-444-1770 or visit the WIC website for more information.

Together Inc.

Together is a homeless prevention organization, working to keep households in their homes, provide navigation services in rapid rehouse, financial, educational or employment assistance. If you are in a crisis and aren't sure where you will live tomorrow or next month, Together Inc. is available to assist you please contact the office at 402-345-8047 for requirements or visit Together Inc. website.

Resources for addressing homelessness

Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless is the Omaha metro area's only Collective Impact homeless services organization.

End Homelessness Today

Community resources to assist you in a variety of areas

  • Kim Foundation - provides education and resources related to mental illness and suicide prevention.
  • Education Quest - provides free college planning services, scholarship program and complete FAFSA applications.
  • Planned Parenthood - provides affordable healthcare and healthy sex education.
  • Heartland Family Services - therapeutic services for mental health and substance abuse issues.
  • Urban League - provides services for empowering youth, career support and finding affordable health services.
  • Friendship Program - offers adult day rehabilitation and community support services.
  • Center for Holistic Development - employment support services for adults with autism in the Omaha area.

Want to support efforts to address hunger of MCC students?

Our Get Help services address immediate and emergency needs. Donations can be made to the Student Food Insecurity Fund at Metropolitan Community College Foundation online donation page.