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Connecting with Metro State and community resources

Metro State University is committed to supporting the educational goals of its students and community. We are here to help you navigate the challenges and connect you with the support you need, whether in or out of the classroom.

You don’t have to do this alone. For help with navigating resources email us. For information not covered in this grid, the resource center maintains a running document of helpful information that includes food, housing, emergency assistance, utilities, parenting information, etc. This document is updated weekly and can be accessed here. Questions? Reach out to basic needs point of contact in the Student Parent Center.

Looking for advising, tutoring or other academic support? Browse academic success services instead.

211 Basic Needs Resource Hub

Metropolitan State University and Minnesota State have partnered with United Way 211 to establish a statewide basic needs resource hub. The basic needs resource hub provides Metro State students access to basic needs resources and support available on campus and in the community via phone, text, or chat 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

United Way 211 provides free and confidential health and human services information. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to connect you with the resources and information you need. If you’re looking for information about services available in your community for you or a loved one, they can help.

Text MNHELP to 898.211(TXT211) or call 211 (toll free at 1.800.543.7709) to speak with one of their highly trained information and referral specialists. Your call is completely confidential, and they have call menus in English, Spanish, and Hmong. Interpreters are also available for any language.

Visit the 211 website to learn more or to explore resources and support that may be available.

Basic Needs Resources

The information provided includes university and community resources related to help with food, housing, transportation, childcare, utilities, emergency grants, and mental health.

Child care resources

Resources and support for students in need of child care.

Community health resources

Dental and health care resources for students.

Emergency grant resources

Information regarding emergency grants available to students.

Food resources

Information on university and community food support resources.

Housing resources

Information on housing support and services available to students.

Mental health and wellness resources

Information on mental health support and services available to students.

Transportation services

Information on transportation support and services available to students.

Utilities, technology, and internet access resources

Information on supports and services to assist students with utility costs, technology access, and internet access.


African and African American Support Services

Services that facilitate the academic success of incoming, current and graduating African and African American students.

Alumni Association

Continue to learn and engage with the university community after you’ve graduated.

American Indian Student Services

Support and programs for the academic, personal and professional success of American Indian students.

Asian American Student Services

Helping Asian-American students balance life and education to persist and graduate.

Latinx and Undocumented Student Support Services

Programs and advocacy that facilitate academic success of students who identify as Latinx or undocumented.

LGBTQIA+ Student Services

Programs and advocacy for Metropolitan State University’s LGBTQIA+ community.

Veteran Services

Programs and support for veterans and students connected to the military.

Women’s Support Services

Find information about academic and personal support, as well as advocacy and education for women.

Life on and off campus

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Program

The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Program provides information and resources to help university community members educate themselves and make responsible choices.

Career Center

The Career Center helps students develop their careers with tools, guidance and opportunities.

Collegiate Recovery Program

Provides support and resources for students who have challenges with substance use or other behavioral addictions.

Counseling Services

Support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the MetroCares 24/7 Support Line: 651-793-1568.

Fitness Center

A space for students, staff and faculty to focus on physical well-being.

Food for Thought food pantry

Food for Thought provides perishable and non-perishable groceries and grab-and-go food to students.

Lactation support and resources

Spaces and resources for pregnant or lactating students.

Student Life and Leadership Development

SLLD provides social, cultural, intellectual and recreational programs for students.

Student Parent Center

Supports and connects students and their families with campus and community resources

Telehealth Services

An online healthcare portal available to enrolled students 24/7

University services


Here’s where you can get books, supplies, electronics, university swag and snacks.

Financial aid

Everything you need to know to apply for and manage your financial aid.


Your first stop for questions about financial aid, registration, tuition payment and more.

ID cards

How to get and use your Metropolitan State University identification card.

International Student Services

Advises and supports international students with academic, immigration, cultural, financial and personal issues.

Judicial Affairs

Policies and procedures to manage complaints of violations against the Student Code of Conduct.

Security escorts

How to request an escort from a uniformed university security officer

Student Center spaces

Information for students, student organizations and community groups about reserving spaces in the Student Center.

Tech help

On-campus WiFi and computer lab locations plus basic help for student email accounts, eServices and D2L Brightspace.

TRIO Upward Bound

An academic and college preparatory program funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Veteran Services

Programs and support for veterans and students connected to the military