Financial Hardship

Food, Shelter, & Emergency Assistance

Available resources on campus and in the community.

Tech's Food Pantry

The Tech Food Pantry provides the campus community with access to food and basic household items, closing the gap between need for food and availability. This resource supports Tech students and employees.

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Employment & Part-Time Jobs

Enrolled Tech students have access to Handshake, Tennessee Tech’s part-time, co-op, internship, fellowship, and full-time job gateway through the Center for Career Development. Local and on-campus job options are available. Note: If a student does not qualify for a Federal Work Study (FWS) assignment or receive a University Academic Service (UAS) scholarship, they may still have the opportunity to find employment on-campus.

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Eagle Assistance Grant (E.A.G.)

The Eagle Assistant Grant (E.A.G.) is an emergency fund intended to provide limited, one-time financial assistance to enrolled Tennessee Tech students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of temporary hardship related to an emergency situation. The program supports sudden, urgent, or unforeseen occurrences that require immediate attention.

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Helping Hands of Putnam County

Helping Hands of Putnam County is a charitable non-profit organization that provides emergency services (such as food, utilities, medical expenses, rent, and gas vouchers to medical appointments). 

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Cookeville Rescue Mission

The Cookeville Rescue Mission is a community resource and offers temporary emergency shelter to anyone who has need of it. While residents are there, they try to connect them with various local agencies that can provide housing assistance, job placement, health services and other social services.

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Care Center at Steven's Street

The Care Center is a partnership of local churches that supplies food, clothes, and counseling to people in need in the Cookeville community.

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First United Methodist Church Food Pantry

Provides healthy food choices and promotes self-sufficiency assistance to those living in the local community.

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Trinity Outreach Center

The Trinity Outreach Center is open four days a week and offers food, clothing and other financial help to families within the Upper Cumberland.

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Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency (UCHRA)

Is a community resource that offers services around public transportation, head start programs, and access to job opportunities. Students in need of shuttle service to Nashville airport may also utilize the UCHRA’s Intercity Express Service.

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Cookeville Area Transit System (CATS)

Cookeville Area Transit System (CATS) is a community resource that provides fast, easy, professional, and inexpensive transportation around the city of Cookeville and across our campus. Students have access to ride the CATS buses for free by showing their Eagle Card. Visit their website to learn their routes and pick up times.

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United Ways of Tennessee

Search for community resources and support through United Ways of Tennessee, part of the United Way Worldwide organization. You can also simply dial "2-1-1" for Tennessee's community services helpline. A trained member can help sort out needs and provide phone numbers and addresses to places closest to help.

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Additional Resources

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