Being a college student is challenging, and right now things are more challenging than ever. To continue focusing on your school, career, and graduation goals, you may need resources for yourself or your family. There are a number of them available here at Western as well as within the La Crosse and surrounding communities. Click the county names near the top of this page to find resources in your area. Make sure to review the COVID-19 resource information below, too!
Western staff members are here to help you navigate the options, including those for food, child care, housing, transportation, health, and much, much more. If you would like personal help, please complete the online form and a Western expert will be in touch with you in 2-3 business days.
Special COVID-19 Resources
You may now be able to receive assistance paying for food from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), more commonly known as FoodShare. If you live in Wisconsin, you can apply here for this program and others. There is a temporary expansion of SNAP benefits that aims to help college students purchase groceries due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance (WERA) program offers eligible households assistance with current or late rent, energy or utility bills, and other housing costs dating back to the start of the pandemic. Contact the right agency in your county to apply.
If you live in La Crosse, Crawford, Monroe, or Vernon County, your agency is Couleecap. Head here to learn about and apply for the Rental Assistance program.
If you live in another county in Wisconsin, find out what agency you should contact by heading here.
Minnesota residents, visit Minnesota Housing for information on similar resources available to you.
Great Rivers 2-1-1
Offers free, confidential community information and referrals 24 hours/day. Dial 2-1-1 or 800-362-8255 to talk to an information and referral specialist. To learn more, visit Great Rivers 2-1-1.
Coulee Region Tax Assistance
Due to COVID-19 and safety concerns, Coulee Region Tax Assistance will not be offering tax assistance to file 2020 tax returns. Get options for filing your taxes and other financial assistance.
Civic and Advocacy
Many civic and advocacy organizations within our communities can help you navigate resources and assist you in finding the support that is right for you.