This is a unique time in our history. COVID-19 is presenting many of us with challenges we have not faced before now. If you find yourself in need of food or financial assistance, please apply for assistance through the Student Emergency Assistance Fund and look into each of the employment and unemployment resources below. Together, we will get through this!

Find Help In Your Community

United Way 2-1-1

Powered by the United Way, 211 helps you access resources and organizations in your area that can assist with housing costs, utility bills, food, healthcare, and more.

Get Assistance

Community Food Bank of Central Alabama

Find locations and hours of Birmingham-metro food pantries. They are conveniently located, many at churches, with 20 pantries less five miles of Samford’s campus!

Find Locations

Food Assistance

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, supplements food budgets in times of need so families and individuals can purchase healthy food as they move toward self-sufficiency. Eligibility is determined by income and differs from state to state. Check out your state’s application and requirements on the SNAP directory.

Apply for SNAP

Employment Opportunities

Samford Career Development Center

Yes, companies are hiring! There is part-time and full-time work available, and some are urgently hiring. Use the resources provided by the Career Development Center to find your next job.

Find a Job

File for Unemployment

In the wake of COVID-19, unemployment benefits have been expanded to provide coverage to workers who were not previously eligible. Find benefits in your state using this interactive map.

Find Benefits

Request Student Emergency Assistance

Thank for you for your interest in the student emergency assistance fund. This fund assists students who have unmet financial needs related to basic living expenses, such as rent, food, utilities, etc.; educational support items such as books, fees or other class supplies; and family emergencies and other unforeseen circumstances.

For help with tuition, room and board, contact Samford One Stop at or 205-726-2905.

Costs or expenses that have already been paid are not eligible for reimbursement.

Please note awards are limited to $500 per request, with a maximum cap of $1,500 per student. Some requests may take up to ten business days to fulfil.

Request Funds