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Economic Crisis FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I’ve applied for Financial Aid, but I need money for other things now. What can I do? 
    • Speak to someone in the Office of the Dean of Student Life to discuss your options.
  • I’m afraid that I won’t make all of my credits this term. Will this prevent me from being eligible? 
  • I can’t afford school supplies. Can I get financial aid for that?
  • I need to make a police report or speak with an officer about an on-campus incident. How can I do this? 
    • If it’s an emergency call 911. If it’s urgent please call 503-725-4404. For non-emergency and all other matters call 503-725-4407
  • How do I make a police report for something that happened off campus? 
    • Call Portland Police Bureau at 911 for emergency and  503-823-3333 for non-emergency
  • I need medical help, but can’t afford it. What can I do?
    • If it’s an emergency call 911. Otherwise, get into contact with Student Health and Counseling at or for after hours help please call: 503-725-2800 
  • I need food and and personal supplies, but I can’t afford it. Where can I go?
    • Smith Memorial Student Union room 325 is open to students. You’re allowed to take five pieces of food a day, everyday. They’re open from 12pm-2pm. They also have clothes and personal supplies.
  • I need money for other things other than for tuition, but I need it rather quickly. Do I have options?
  • Where can I shower? 
    • If you’re a student, you can take use the facilities offered by the ASRC.
  • Where can I wash my clothes?
    • Laundry Services- Downtown Chapel of St. Vincent De Paul-503-228-0746. Or Janus Youth Program Laundry Program- 503-224-5988. Both of them offer laundry services.
  • Interested in helping/serving our homeless population?
    • The food pantry in Smith Memorial Student Union is always accepting donations. 
    • Also, rather than giving a transient students money consider investing in the Sanctity of Hope coins. It’s a project aimed at giving transient persons a chance to get the things they need without currency so they’re less likely to spend the money they collect on dangerous substances. For more information: