Student and Family Resources

 

The following resources are available to all Miami University students to help navigate the college experience, depending on eligibility. Please contact each resource to inquire or contact the Student Success Center for assistance at StudentSuccess@MiamiOH.edu or 513-529-0007.

Caregivers

CCAMPIS Grants for Childcare

Benefits are available or eligible Miami students. The Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program (CCAMPIS) supports the participation of low-income parents in postsecondary education through the provision of campus-based child care services. CCAMPIS must meet the following requirements: be enrolled at Miami; child(ren) must be enrolled at one of the affiliated child care centers; and applicant be eligible to receive Pell Grants through financial aid.

For information about the program at Miami, contact the director of the Miami affiliated child care center on your campus: on Oxford, Mini University, on Hamilton, Campus Kids, and on Middletown, the YMCA.

  • Oxford - Mini University, Kramer Elementary after-care with the Great Miami Valley YMCA: fitton@gmvymca.org or 513-868-9622
  • Hamilton - Campus Kids
  • Middletown - YMCA Children’s Center at MUM

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

Butler County Job & Family Services (BCJFS) "provides services such as food, cash and medical assistance, publicly funded child care and employment assistance. It is our goal to enhance the quality of lives for our clients while promoting the stability, health and economic well-being of children and families."

Per BCJFS, they provide to those who qualify:

  • Adult Protective Services
  • Child Day Care Services
  • Food Assistance
  • Medicaid
  • Ohio Works First
  • Transportation

WIC

WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. It provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. For assistance with WIC in Oxford, visit 10 North Locust Street, Suite A, Oxford, OH 45056, call 513-454-1111, or visit My Primary Health Solutions.

Oxford Seniors (City of Oxford)

Oxford Seniors provides physical, spiritual, social, educational, vocational and intellectual programs for adults 50 years of age or older. Oxford Seniors is located at 922 Tollgate Drive, Oxford OH 45056 and can be reached via phone at 513-523-8100.

Foster Care Alumni and Emancipated Youth

Utilities

HEAP

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally-funded program designed to assist eligible low-income Ohioians with their winter heating bills. Visit HEAP to find more information and assess eligibility.

Duke Energy Special Assistance

Duke Energy offers an array of assistance for eligible customers. 

Housing, Food, Apparel, and Laptops (Miami Cares)

The Student Success Center (SSC) staff works with individual students on the Oxford campus who have unanticipated difficulties during their college journey. If you have any of the needs described below, please complete the Miami Cares Resources form. You will be contacted to schedule an appointment with one of the SSC staff members.

Housing

If you need temporary emergency housing and/or a more permanent place to live, a Student Success staff member will meet with you to create a plan of action.

Food

Students of Miami University (Oxford Campus) without a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence or food needs are encouraged to schedule an appointment to meet with Ashley Hopkins to find out information and to utilize the Miami Food Pantry (immediate food assistance available), the Dining Services Scholarship (available based on established criteria), and the Oxford Community Choice Pantry. The Oxford-area Homeless Alliance (@oxhomelessalliance on social media) is also a valuable resource.

F5 Laptop Program

This is named for the F5 function key, used for refresh; find and replace. These refreshed laptops have been used by Miami University departments and faculty/staff and are available if you are in need of a working laptop in order to complete your coursework. The laptop is considered a resource and the value will be reported to the Office of Student Financial Assistance, which may have financial aid implications. Your F5 Laptop is replaceable if it stops working by trading it in for another F5 Laptop.

Clothing

  • Miami University Professional Attire Fund
    The Miami University Professional Attire Fund provides up to $300 to students who need help buying clothing for career events or jobs. Students may buy career wear such as dress shirts, blazers, cardigans, dress pants, blouses, belts, socks and shoes with the funds. Funds may not be used to buy casual attire, other non-professional clothing, or uniforms. Please allow two weeks for funding to be available. 
  • Suit Yourself Gentlemen's Clothing Closet
    The Suit Yourself Gentleman’s Clothing Closet provides professional business attire and suits to individuals interviewing with prospective employers.
  • Dress for Success (female-identified professional attire)
    The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
  • Clothes that Work
    1133 South Edwin Moses Boulevard
    Suite 392
    Dayton, OH 45417
    937-222-3778
    Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Urban League of Cincinnati
    WorkForce Development
    877-986-9669
  • Farmers Insurance's Suits for Soldiers
    Americans across the country can support veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce by donating gently used and dry cleaned suits or professional attire for men and women at more than 13,000 Farmers® agencies through the Farmers Insurance Suits for Soliders program.
  • Professional Attire for Foster Youth
    Contact Ohio Reach for more information.
  • Save-A-Suit
    The Save-A-Suit foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides not just former military free professional business attire, but recent college graduates as well. Please note that Save-A-Suit receives a high volume of requests, so it can take several weeks before you can get a free suit. For more information, or to request a suit, you can email Save-A-Suit at veterans@saveasuit.org.

First-Generation Students

Below is a list of resources for first-generation college students and those who are planning to go to college. Visit the links below to learn more, and contact Miami's First-Generation initiative if you have questions or need help at FirstGen@MiamiOH.edu or 513-529-0007.

Organizations

I'm First

"I'm First" is an online community celebrating first-generation college students. Learn about their college experiences through videos and blogs on the "I'm First" website.

First in the Family

Find out about summer educational experiences, applying and paying for college, planning checklists, and more.

Articles

A Field Guide for First-Generation College Students

Learn how to take full advantage of first-generation status when applying for college with the tips in this article.

First-Generation College Student Guide

Find out about financial aid options and timelines, learn about other resources, and get advice from other first-generation students and experts.

Resources for First-Generation College Applicants

Connect with educational, financial aid, and career planning tools for college admission and beyond.

First-Generation Faculty, Staff and Families

Faculty, staff and families looking for information on first-generation student support are invited to visit the links below. Contact Miami's First-Generation initiative at FirstGen@MiamiOH.edu or 513-529-0007 if you have questions or need additional help.

Organizations

First in the Family

View a series of audio slideshows of first-generation students and their transition from high school to college.

NACADA

Locate first-generation student resources and advising articles.

Pierce College

Learning modules for advising.

Articles, Websites and Videos

Improving Access and Success for First-Generation College Students

Learn barriers to success, solutions and tools in this article by America's Promise Alliance.

Counseling First-Generation Students About College

Learn strategies to guide first-generation students to college.

Resources for Advising First-Generation Students at Williams

Articles, books and videos on advising first-generation students.

Teaching First-Generation College Students

Learn the struggles of first-generation students and classroom instruction strategies.

How Faculty Mentors Can Help First-Generation Students Succeed

This PBS piece presents the University of California's initiative to curb first-generation dropout rates.

Fresh Insights on First-Generation Students

CampusLabs compares first-generation college students and their non-first-generation peers.