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Niner Needs at UNC Charlotte offers a menu of SUPPORT services FOR students struggling to secure basic needs.

Here you will find information on where to go for help if you are experiencing food or housing insecurity, if you need financial assistance, if you need someone to talk to, and more. Our hope in providing these services is to ensure that basic needs need not be overlooked at the expense of a degree. 

Resources for Niners

Swipe Out Hunger

Swipe Out Hunger is a nation-wide program that partners with colleges to help put an end to student hunger and assist those who struggle with food insecurity. Leadership & Community Engagement has partnered with Chartwells Dining Services, Auxiliary Services, Student Assistance and Support Services, and the Sustainability Office to bring this program to UNC Charlotte. 

Eligibility for Swipe Out Hunger Program at UNC Charlotte:

The Swipe Out Hunger Program aims to provide students who are food insecure, and/or who are experiencing an emergency situation, access to healthy and well-balanced meals in our campus dining halls. To be eligible, students must be currently enrolled at UNC Charlotte.

If you meet this initial requirement and would like to complete a needs-based assessment to determine your further eligibility for the program, please schedule an appointment with Student Assistance and Support Services by calling 704-687-0289.



Jamil Niner Student Pantry

The pantry provides assistance to UNC Charlotte undergraduate and graduate students that struggle with food insecurity. In 2013, the USDA defined food insecurity as a condition that occurs when people do not have enough resources to feed themselves. The Jamil Niner Student Pantry offers a variety of nutritious meals and frequently gives demonstrations on what meals can be made with the food in our pantry.

Student Temporary Emergency Housing

The Short-Term Emergency Housing Program (STEHP) is a collaboration between the Office of Student Assistance and Support Services and University Housing and Residence Life. STEHP seeks to assist students with temporary on-campus housing who have been unexpectedly displaced from their home, apartment, etc., or have experienced a crisis that has caused a significant change in a students’ housing status. The STEHP is not a substitute for long-term student housing needs.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be an enrolled undergraduate or graduate UNC Charlotte student in a degree seeking program.
  • Demonstrate in good faith that the student has exhausted all financial aid options. 
  • Student has experienced an emergency or crisis that has caused them to be displaced. This may include, but is not limited, to the following: house/apartment fire or flooding, sleeping in a car or any place that is not a residence, sleeping on a friend’s couch, having to move out of your current residence with no place to live, temporarily staying with family or friends, etc. The specific situation will be discussed with a professional staff member on a case-by-case basis.
  • Student must be able to demonstrate their unexpected emergency or crisis. Supporting documentation of the emergency or crisis will be required.
  • Student has the financial ability to pay the $25 per night housing charge. Students who do not have the ability to pay the $25 per night housing cost are not eligible for the STEHP.

Niner Central Financial Aid 

Niner Central is a single location for you to go for services related to financial aid and billing, registration, transcripts, student accounts, academic records, and more.

Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund assists UNC Charlotte students by providing financial support when they need assistance with unexpected and unavoidable life emergencies that cause unforeseen expenses. The Student Emergency Fund is designed to provide needed financial relief for situations such as accidents, illness, death of a family member, fire damage, need for temporary housing, natural or manmade disaster, or pandemics. While there is not an exhaustive list of expenses the funds are designed to cover, funds may be used for temporary housing, transportation, food, unforeseen medical expenses, safety needs, or essential academic expenses such as textbooks, classroom or lab equipment, or educational supplies. The Student Emergency Fund is not designed to cover tuition and fees on a student’s University account. Relief funds do not have to be repaid.

Niner Central Short Term Loans

Short term loans are available to assist students who need small amounts of funding to meet emergency expenses. 

Student Employment

Student Temporary Wage positions are open to any interested, and currently enrolled, UNC Charlotte student.

Counseling and Psychological Services

The Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at UNC Charlotte supports the holistic well-being and academic success of students and contributes to a healthy and inclusive campus climate. This is accomplished by providing short-term individual and group counseling, crisis management, consultation, referral services, and educational and preventive initiatives for the campus community. In addition, CAPS supports the academic mission of the University by serving as a training site for graduate students and supports scholarly activity and professional development of staff.

Student Health Center

The UNC Charlotte Student Health Center (SHC) provides primary medical care, disease prevention, health education, wellness promotion, and various specialty services to all registered UNC Charlotte students, regardless of the type of health insurance they carry. 

University Recreation

University Recreation's mission is to engage the University community through recreational programs, activities, and facilities with a commitment to our core values.   

Center For Wellness Promotion

The mission of the Center for Wellness Promotion is to educate and empower students in establishing and maintaining healthier behaviors. They do this through workshops and events, campus-wide wellness promotion initiatives, and individual consultations on issues that affect students’ health, well-being, and safety, including alcohol and other drug use and recovery, sexual health, sexual assault and relationship violence, and a variety of other wellness topics.

Collegiate and Recovery Community

The Center for Wellness Promotion also coordinates a Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC), which supports students in recovery from substance use disorders, and consults with students with known or suspected substance use issues and makes referrals to appropriate on and off-campus resources and services.

Currently enrolled UNC Charlotte students may borrow PC and Mac laptops on a first come, first served basis at the following campus locations:

  1. The Circulation Desk located on the first floor of Atkins Library near the main entrance.
  2. The Self-Checkout Laptop Kiosk located on the ground floor of the College of Health and Human Services building (CHHS).

United Way 211

NC 2-1-1 is an information and referral service provided by United Way of North Carolina. Accessible via an easy-to-remember, three-digit number, families and individuals can call to obtain free and confidential information on health and human services and resources within their community.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP is a federal program that provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of needy families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency. 

To get SNAP benefits, an individual must complete a 10-page application, interview and you must meet certain requirements, including resource and income limits. 

Student Eligibility Guidelines

You might qualify for SNAP if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • Students (18-49) attending college at least half-time may be eligible by income guidelines and one of the above additional criteria
  • Students attending college less than half-time and those age 50+ do not need to meet additional student criteria (only income)

How does it work?

  1. An individual must apply for SNAP in the state where you currently live.  
  2. Complete a 10-page application and meet certain requirements, including resource and income limits
  3. An individual must complete an interview as part of the application process
  4. An individual must apply for SNAP as part of a “household.” A household consists of everyone who lives together and purchases and prepares meals together.

To learn more about SNAP and eligibility requirements, please contact the Charlotte Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services at 704 336-3000