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Miami Cares Resources

The following resources are available to all Miami University students to help navigate the college experience, depending on eligibility. Faculty and staff may contact the Student Success Center at or 513-529-0007 with questions or concerns.

If you are a student who is interested in any of the Miami Cares resources, please click the Request Assistance button and complete the Emergency Resources Network Application form. A member of the SSC staff will contact you to schedule an appointment once your form is submitted.

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Food Resources

Miami Food Pantry

The Miami Cares program operates a small food pantry in the SSC office at 112 Nellie Craig Hall. The pantry, which contains non-perishable food items and personal hygiene products, can be accessed by all students during University business hours.

Swipe Donation Program

Students in need of meal plan assistance may be eligible to receive dining hall meal swipes donated by students with unused swipes. 

Students who are interested in donating meal swipes are encouraged to do so at Armstrong Student Center during the week before Thanksgiving break. Students may donate up to seven unused meal swipes.

Oxford Community Pantry (TOPSS)

TOPSS is Oxford’s community pantry. Located at 5445 College Corner Pike, it honors shoppers’ dignity by allowing them to choose their items according to their household size and preferences. TOPSS also provides customers with nutritional information.”

Temporary Housing

The SSC helps students with temporary emergency housing and will help advise students on finding permanent housing. Aid is also available for students who need assistance over breaks.

F5 Laptop Replacement Program

This program is named for the F5 function key, used for refresh; find and replace. These refreshed laptops have been used by Miami 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.

Please note: only undergraduate students are eligible for this program.

Caregiver Resources

CCampus 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: or 513-868-9622
  • Hamilton: Campus Kids
  • Middletown: YMCA Children’s Center at MUM

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

Butler County Job and Family Services (BCJFS) provides services such as food, cash and medical assistance, publicly funded child care and employment assistance. It enhances 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 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.

Utility Resources


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

Duke Energy Special Assistance

Duke Energy offers an array of assistance for eligible customers.

Clothing Resources

Miami University Professional Attire Fund

The Miami University Professional Attire Grant provides up to $350 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.

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
Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Urban League of Cincinnati

WorkForce Development


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

Resources for Foster Care Alumni and Emancipated Youth

Through a new partnership with Ohio Reach, the SSC has expanded its support of foster youth on Miami’s campus. If you are a foster youth who would like more information, reach out to Monica Adkins or complete our Sign-Up form.

Contact the Student Success Center

112 Nellie Craig Walker Hall
301 S. Campus Ave.
Oxford, OH 45056