We recognize that many in need will not be able to wait for three to four weeks to receive financial disbursements from the Duke Student Assistance Fund. Below are some resources that are available to you now, until applications can be reviewed and financial assistance provided.  


The Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) Community Pantry is is now open to ALL Duke students, including undergraduates in need!

  • Due to the new Stay-At-Home order issued by the city of Durham, the pantry will be shutting down for the time being and offering one program in lieu of our regular operations.
  • The GPSC Community Pantry is offering a limited grocery bag delivery program strictly reserved for Duke students facing immediate food need due to critical access challenges (i.e., unable to obtain groceries in-person or online from any food outlet). Students are eligible for this program if they are located in Raleigh, Durham, or Chapel Hill, and have not already received an e-Gift card from the GPSC Community Pantry. Volunteers will be pre-packing grocery bags based upon family size and dietary needs to be delivered to your front door. To inquire about a delivery, please email

Additionally, North Carolina and Durham have setup quickly accessible resources through NC211 regarding local food pantries, help paying for food, home delivery, and hot meals. NC 2-1-1 operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, and resources are available in most languages.

Personal Finance @ Duke

Personal Finance@Duke is a program designed to empower Duke students and alumni to make informed financial decisions by providing them with financial management knowledge and skills necessary to navigate life events that affect everyday financial decisions, discuss issues surrounding personal finances, and plan for the future.

Technology Resources

The North Carolina Department of Information Technology has compiled a list of new and existing free or affordable service offerings from vendors across the state of North Carolina for access to high-speed internet.

The Keep Learning page has a list of technical support resources for Duke students.

Depending on your mobile phone plan, you may be able to use your phone as a mobile hotspot.

Each carrier has a different plan and guidance. Once enabled, your phone can be activated by going to the settings and turning it into a hotspot. Your best bet is to check with your carrier to enable the feature. Be aware that there may be extra monthly charges when you do so.

You can contact your carrier quickly from your mobile phone by dialing 611. Remember that you must be the responsible party of the mobile phone and plan to request a change.

Once you have a plan that supports turning your phone into a mobile hotspot, here is how to do so for Apple and Google Android devices:

Other Duke Resources

For ongoing financial issues, students should contact the Duke Office of Financial Support. Contact information for financial aid counselors is available in DukeHub.

Duke University Graduate School offers financial assistance to graduate students who incur medical expenses that are not eligible for reimbursement and create a significant financial hardship.

The Duke Financial Aid Office COVID19 FAQ may also be a helpful resource.

For housing, dining or student employment refunds/credits for spring 2020, student should visit the Duke Keep Learning FAQs.