Basic Needs



PTCC recognizes that many students experience challenges outside of the classroom that can increase or create stress and anxiety which can impact academic performance. Challenges may include, but are not limited to; not having access to food, lack of safe and stable housing, lack of childcare, family obligations, physical and mental health, unexpected bills, or lack of access to Wi-Fi and technology.

PTCC has compiled the list below to help connect students to resources and information in order to reduce challenges and allow them to focus on their educational journey.


Resources and Information


United Way 211 Resource Hub

PTCC and Minnesota State have partnered with United Way 211 to establish a statewide basic needs resource hub and free and confidential health and human services information. The resource hub provides PTCC students access to basic needs resources, and support on campus and in the community via phone, text, or chat – 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Text MNHELP to 898-211 (TXT211) or call 211 (toll-free at 1.800.543.7709) to speak with a highly trained information and referral specialist. Your call is completely confidential. Call menus are available in English, Spanish, and Hmong. Interpreters are also available for any language.

Visit the 211 website to learn more or explore resources and support options available.

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