Third-Party and Community Financial Resources

Gateway has compiled this list of third-party resources available nationally and through local community organizations in order to help with funding your education and handling other expenses like food, housing and health care. If you don’t see something that you need, please check back, as we will continue to update this list.

Financial Wellness

GradReady

This financial literacy resource available free to Gateway students has information on how to become financially savvy. Some of the topics covered include smart money management, paying for college, real-world finances and even student loan decisions.

Financial Empowerment Center (FEC)

The Financial Empowerment Center offers free targeted one-on-one financial counseling for students/staff who live within the city of Racine. Please note when completing your referral form that you were referred by Gateway Technical College.

Racine County Financial Resources Directory

Racine County Human Services and the University of Wisconsin Extension in Racine County have collaborated to publish an annual Family Resource Directory in addition to other resources at the UW-Extension website.

Legal & Tax Assistance

Lawyers for Learners

Free legal help is available to students through Lawyers for Learners on a range of topics, including family law, criminal record expungement, housing issues and immigration. Lawyers for Learners has partnered with experienced legal experts from legal aid providers, law firms and businesses. Attorneys have continued seeing clients during the pandemic – virtually over Zoom and by telephone. 

Vita Tax

Families with less than $57,000 annual incomecan file their taxes for free. Simply visit the United Way of Racine County’s webpage, choose the option that’s right for you, and get started! Taxpayers can begin the VITA and FSA processes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

MyFreeTaxes.com

Families with less than $66,000 annual income can file their income taxes for free, thanks to this United Way resource. 

Education Assistance

67 Money Saving Hacks for College Students

Here’s a helpful collection of tips, hacks and tricks to save money on books, food, tech and more.

DVR

The Department of Workforce Development’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation provides employment services and counseling to people with disabilities, services to enable an individual to go to work, and training and technical assistance to employers regarding disability employment issues.

FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET)

The FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) program is a free program that helps FoodShare members build their job skills and find jobs. FSET will assess your strengths, needs and preferences to help you with getting a job.

Skills Enhancement

The Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency’s Skills Enhancement program provides funding for eligible students to finish their education in key programs of study, including clinical nurse assistant, licensed practical nurse, education assistant, entry-level social worker, auto diagnostic technician and auto-service attendant.

Trade Adjustment Assistance

The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program helps workers who lose their jobs due to foreign competition, including work being moved outside of the United States. TAA program benefits and services make it easier to move past the disruption caused by your layoff, easier to develop in-demand skills and easier to land a good-paying, full-time job.

UMOS/NFJP

The National Farmworker Jobs Program, operated through UMOS in Missouri and Wisconsin, provides funding to help migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families achieve economic self-sufficiency by offering supportive services while working in agriculture or by helping them acquire new skills for jobs offering higher sustainable wages. 

Undocumented Students

Undocumented students may apply for the SC Johnson STEM Scholars program. Check back for more scholarships. 

Workforce Development & Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA)

The Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides funds to assist United States citizens and those legally able to work in the U.S. to become gainfully employed with a livable wage. Goal setting and occupational skills training are at the center of this program, along with supportive services, education/training, child care assistance, transportation assistance, and/or work equipment and supplies. Contact your county Workforce Development office in Kenosha, Racine or Walworth County.  

Food Resources

Free Meals Sites by County

This document provides an evolving list of free meal sites across Kenosha, Racine and Walworth County.

Kenosha Aging and Disability Resource Center

Kenosha County’s Aging and Disability Resource Center has curated this list of resources related to on food assistance, pantries and home-delivered meal programs.

Racine Salvation Army Healthy Kid's Diner

Stressing the importance of offering nutritious meals to school-age children, the Racine Salvation Army Healthy Kid's Diner began in May 2019 serving dinner meals to school age children. Many children lack the opportunity to have a hot healthy dinner, especially during summer, when free and reduced-priced school lunches are unavailable. Hours and locations are available on the Healthy Kid’s Diner web page.

SNAP (Food Stamp) Benefits for College Students

SNAP (food stamp) benefits are available for Students who are registered in at least 6 credits and eligible to participate in State or Federally financed work study during the regular academic year, as determined by the institution of higher education, or if they have an expected family contribution (EFC) of 0 in the current academic year.

Technology Resources

Emergency Broadband Benefits Program (Lifeline)

The Department of Education announced the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program through the FCC. To be eligible, individuals need to meet specific criteria; students who received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year are eligible. The program only lasts for six months or until funds are exhausted. To apply, visit checklifeline.org/lifeline/

Student Academic Technology

Gateway’s Student Technology Resources webpage provides additional information on how to use Gateway’s Blackboard (online) and Zoom (web-conferencing) solutions.

Other Resources


Center for Veteran's Issues (CVI) Help App

This new smartphone app makes it easier for vets to connect with needed resources for food, employment, education, housing and health. Download it here.

Kenosha County - Emergency Services Network

The best one-stop-shop for all services in Kenosha County is the Emergency Services Network (ESN), which includes things like support for energy assistance, rent assistance, pet food, meals, and counseling.