Graduate study can be an emotionally and financially grueling endeavor, and we in the English department are committed to the mental health and financial stability of all our students. This webpage aggregates UGA resources available to graduate students who find themselves in an emotionally or economically precarious situation. Students are also encouraged to contact the Graduate Coordinator for additional department-level aid.

Mental Health Resources

Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

706-542-1162

CAPS is dedicated to student mental health and wellbeing. They support students in achieving both academic and personal life goals. CAPS is committed to providing high quality, affordable, and confidential services to UGA students and their eligible partners. CAPS strives to provide care that is sensitive to and respectful of the needs of diverse students, and to create a safe, inclusive and affirming environment. Schedule your first appointment for free via the link above.

UGA Psychology Clinic

706-542-1173

Located in the Psychology Building on campus, The Psychology Clinic offers both a small, people-oriented clinic and the resources of a top-rated clinical psychology program. The Psychology Clinic is staffed by graduate students in UGA’s Clinical Training Program who work under the close supervision of our clinical faculty and associated licensed psychologists. Call to make an appointment or visit their website at the link above.

ASPIRE Clinic

aspire@uga.edu * 706-542-4486

The ASPIRE Clinic is a unique resource that provides holistic counseling and education services to UGA and the Athens community. Believing that problems don’t exist in isolation, they offer an array of services that include individual, couple, and family therapy, financial counseling and education, nutrition counseling and education, and also legal problem solving.

Center for Counseling and Personal Evaluation

706-542-8508

The Center for Counseling and Personal Evaluation provides professional services for a wide range of interpersonal, behavioral, and educational concerns. Based within the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services in Aderhold Hall, they are a mental health clinic that serves all ages in the community as well as UGA students, faculty, and staff. Their services are provided by graduate clinicians in training under the supervision of department faculty. Services are paid on a sliding fee scale.

Financial Precarity Resources

Student Care and Outreach

sco@uga.edu

The Mission of Student Care and Outreach is to provide individualized assistance to students experiencing hardship circumstances, support to faculty and staff working with students in distress, and guidance to parents seeking help and information on behalf of their students. Visit the link above for more information regarding the services they provide and how they can help you. Many of the resources below have been aggregated by SCO.  

Financial Hardship Resources

This website contains resources for students experiencing financial difficulties, including information about no-interest loans and emergency funding options.

Single Semester Short Term Loans

Single Semester Short term loans are handled through the bursar’s office. These are loans that are given to qualified students after the first day of the current semester and must be repaid in full during the semester they are made.

Food and Necessities Resource Page

Supplied by Student Affairs, this page lists many of the resources below, plus additional community support services.

The UGA Student Food Pantry: Tate 146 * M-F 10 AM – 2 PM

The UGA Student Food Pantry provides non-perishable and refrigerated food items to students in need. The pantry is operated by student volunteers and receives donations from student organizations, community members, and friends & family of UGA.

“Let All The Big Dawgs Eat” Food Scholarship

latbde@uga.edu

The Let All the Big Dawgs Eat Food Scholarship is a need-based scholarship that awards meal plans to several UGA students each fall and spring semester. If you find yourself struggling to afford essential meals during your time as a student here at UGA, you may qualify for this opportunity. Email with any questions.

Bulldog Basics

Dawson Hall * M-F 7AM –7PM

Bulldog Basics is an initiative by EMBARK@ UGA and Family and Consumer Sciences to provide students in need with essential hygiene items such as laundry detergent, deodorant, shampoo, and more for no cost. It is discreetly located in accessible unisex restrooms on the first and third floors of Dawson Hall, across from the elevator.

Suit Up Event

Sponsored by JC Penney and the Career Center

Clarke-Howell Hall * 706-542-3375 * career@uga.edu

Hosted in early September before The Fall Career & Internship Fair, this one-day event provides

students with a steep 70% discount on JC Penney apparel. Need-based scholarships of $200 scholarship are available by application. Reach out to The Career Center for more information.

Resources for Student-Parents

If you or someone you know is in a phase of life that involves parenting (or the expectation of parenting), there are resources available to assist you. Student Care and Outreach within the Office of the Dean of Students is available to you and can provide you with important information and resources; you can contact them at 706-542-7774. Additionally, the student group Uplifting Parents at UGA works to provide peer support and resources to students who are pregnant or parenting; you can find out more about their work at http://www.upatuga.org/, or contact them directly at upliftingparents.uga@gmail.com. They are on all the usual social media outlets: https://www.facebook.com/UpliftingParentsUGA/, https://twitter.com/up_at_uga, and https://www.instagram.com/up_at_uga/.