Trying to manage finances while being a student in college can be a challenge. Most student parents anticipate taking a reduction in work hours in order to meet the demands of their academic program.
To address this challenge, Access and Success has provided a list of resources that can help relieve financial pressure and help your plan for the future. For more information or to receive advice tailored to your individual needs, we encourage you to meet with Access and Success staff.
Low Cost Family Fun
Bridge to Benefits is a multi-state project by Children's Defense Fund Minnesota to improve the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits. Bridges to Benefits screens eligibility for the following programs:
Health Insurance Programs:
- Medical Assistance (MA)
- Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP, Basic Sliding Fee)
- Energy Assistance Program (EAP, LIHEAP)
- School Lunch Program (Free and Reduced School Lunch)
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Support)
- Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
- Working Family Credit (WFC)
File Your Taxes for Free
AccountAbility Minnesota offers free tax sites throughout the tax season (January through April). AccountAbility Minnesota sponsors over 40 community-based tax sites throughout the Twin Cities area as well as parts of Greater Minnesota.
Emergency Loan and Grants
If you are in financial need, contact Access and Success.
Our staff of licensed social workers can help link you with appropriate resources in the college community and the wider community, as well.
In addition, limited funds are available to student parents for educationally-related emergencies through Access and Success. This does not include help with tuition costs. Staff can provide further information about the criteria used for qualifying for these funds.