COVID-19 Student Resources

Updated July 29, 2020

Baylor COVID-19 Test Kits

Baylor University is requiring a negative COVID-19 test of all students coming to campus for the fall semester. These mandatory COVID-19 test kits will be mailed to students beginning in August. More information can be found here.


Rent & Utilities

The State of Texas is currently exploring rent and utilities reprieve for residents during the time of COVID-19. There are currently no official programs for rent and utilities assistance at this time, though petitions are circulating in order to bring it to the Texas legislature.


Food Resources

You can find a list of food pantries in the Waco area HERE. In addition, Penland Crossroads is offering food to go during all mealtimes Monday through Sunday.

FBC Woodway is assisting families with food needs through their Acts of Love ministry. Call 254-640-4350 for more information and to schedule a time to pick up food.

Generous donors have given to Truett Seminary to assist in the purchase of groceries. If you need money, or if you know of (a) peer(s) who need money, to buy food, then please fill out this short, confidential form so that Truett’s Office of Student Services might be in touch with you toward that end.

The Paul L. Foster Success Center-Student Success Initiatives hosts a student food pantry called The Store. Read more about The Store's hours and resources here.


Internet/Wi-Fi

Free Comcast Xfinity Internet
Comcast Xfinity is currently offering its Internet Essentials program free for two months to new customers. The internet provider is also automatically increasing speeds for all Internet Essentials customers. Comcast Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots are also open and free to use by anyone.

Free Internet for Students from Charter Spectrum
Households with students K–12 or university students can sign up for a new Charter Spectrum internet account to get the first two months of internet with speeds up to 100 Mbps for free. Installation fees will be waived for those who qualify for the offer. Call 1-844-488-8395 to enroll. Spectrum Wi-Fi hotspots are also currently open and free to use.

Free Internet for Students from Altice
Altice internet providers Suddenlink and Optimum are offering 60 days of free internet service for households with K–12 or college students. Internet speeds are up to 30 Mbps if you do not already have access to a home internet plan. To sign up, call 1-866-200-9522 if you live in an area with Optimum internet service, or call 1-888-633-0030 if you live in an area with Suddenlink internet service.

Free Low-Income Internet from Cox
Until May 12, 2020, Cox is offering the first month of a low-income internet program, Connect2Compete, for free. The internet service is also providing free phone and remote desktop support for technical support during that time.

You can find various internet company deals providing free or discounted Wi-Fi HERE.


Healthcare

Academic Health Plans is providing its Student Assistance Plan to ALL Baylor students (on-campus and online) at no cost for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester. The SAP includes access to a 24/7 Care Center (including weekends and holidays), life and wellbeing resources, and helpful online and mobile tools.


Baylor University Resources

You can find a list of Baylor University resources (health services, counseling, etc.) HERE.


Student Hardship Financial Support Request

Baylor students experiencing financial hardships due to COVID-19 related changes can be considered for a student emergency award from the President’s Excellence Fund. Learn more and apply HERE.


Spiritual Direction

Truett's Office of Spiritual Formation is offering free spiritual direction to students who are lonely, disoriented, frustrated, and anxious during this time. If you are in need of a person to listen, pray with and for you, and to help you to discern God’s activity in your life, email Truett_SpiritualForm@baylor.edu.

George W. Truett Theological Seminary