We understand life can be unpredictable. Unexpected costs and needs can cause significant stress and impact your academic success and personal wellbeing. That’s why at Bemidji State, we are working together to provide support to currently enrolled students.

Aid may come in a variety of forms, including emergency appointments and help with communication, grants, loans and/or campus and community resources. Below are some of the resources available on campus and throughout the community. Additional resources are also available across campus.

If you need help finding the right resource, contact Bemidji State’s vice president of student life and success to help you get started:

Travis Greene, vice president for student life and success
Location: Deputy Hall 311
Phone: (218) 755-2075
Email: travis.greene@bemidjistate.edu


Bridges to Benefits

Bridge to Benefits Screening Tool is a 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.

Findhelp.org

Find food assistance, help to pay bills and other free or reduced-cost programs, including new programs for the COVID-19 pandemic using findhelp.org.

Minnesota Family Investment Program

The Minnesota Family Investment Program, or MFIP, helps families with children meet their basic needs, while helping working parents move to financial stability through work. Families usually start in the Diversionary Work Program (DWP).

SNAP Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

SNAP, formerly know as Food Stamps, helps Minnesotans with low incomes get the food they need for nutritious and well-balanced meals. If you are approved for SNAP, you can use your benefits at many stores, farmers markets and senior dining sites.

Find out if you are eligible for SNAP benefits.

United Way 2-1-1

United Way 2-1-1 provides free and confidential health and human services information for people in Minnesota. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to connect you with the resources and information you need. Call 2-1-1 or toll-free at 1-800-543-7709 to speak with one of their highly trained information and referral specialists by phone.

Frequently Asked Questions

Bucky’s Food Pantry (218) 755-3760, nina.johnson@bemidjistate.edu
In partnership with the United Way of the Bemidji Area, and through generous donations by BSU/NTC faculty and staff, Bucky’s Food Pantry provides students with supplemental, shelf-stable groceries for no cost.

Additional food support services at BSU:

Community, state and national services:

Pregnant and Parenting Students (218) 755-3750, reslife@bemidjistate.edu
Everything you need to make a BSU your home.

Additional student parent support services at BSU:

Community, state and national services:

Information Technology Services (218) 755-3777, Service Portal
Information Technology Services provides IT tools, support and services that enhance educational and workplace experiences and values.

Additional technology support services at BSU:

Community, state and national services:

Public Safety (218) 755-3888, publicsafety@bemidjistate.edu

The BSU/NTC Public Safety Department handles all parking permit requests/disbursement and parking ticket processing.

Additional transportation support services at BSU:

Community, state and national services:

Financial Aid Office (218) 755-2034, financialaid@bemidjistate.edu
Support students and families with information and resources to financially support your educational goals.

Additional emergency grant support services at BSU:

  • Random Acts of Kindness program – awards ranging from $50 – $200 that can help students afford rent, child care, medical care, gas, etc.
  • Helping Hands (Naadamaageng) Grants – one-time awards up to $500 from the Naadamaageng Fund to help deserving American Indian students overcome emergency financial obstacles on their way to achieving their education goals.

Community, state and national services:

Student Health and Counseling (218) 755-2053, HealthServices@bemidjistate.edu
Clinic, immunization, education and referrals are some of the offered services.

Community, state and national services:

Hotlines:

  • AIDS – 1-800-342-2437
  • Alcohol Crisis Line – 1-800-422-0045
  • Crisis Line (24 hr) Beltrami County – 1-800-422-0045
  • Domestic Violence Crisis Hotline – 1-866-223-1111
  • Drug Abuse Hotline – 1-800-252-6465
  • Eating Disorder Hotline – 1-800-511-9225
  • Lakes Area Pregnancy Support Hotline – 1-800-395-4357
  • Local Suicide Prevention Hotline – 1-800-422-0045
  • Mental Health Crisis Hotline – 1-800-422-0045
  • Northwoods Battered Women’s Shelter – 1-800-588-6229
  • Text 4 Life (suicide prevention) – Text LIFE to 61222