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Resources for Students in Need

Resources in Support of Excellence (RISE)

Our students face a variety of issues outside of the classroom that may impact their ability to be successful at Bridgewater State University, and we want all students to know that help is available.

If you would like to learn more about the array of resources available or need additional support, contact the Division of Student Success and Diversity.


In addition to information on SNAP, WIC, and local food pantry programs, BSU maintains a Permaculture Garden (BSU login required) and also offers the BSU Food Pantry , a campus-run, self-service food bank available to all students that offers non-perishable items, fresh food and sanitary products.


BSU has a list of resources for students seeking affordable housing, transitional assistance or shelters available through RISE (BSU login required). Contact Eileen Estudante at, 508.531.1819 or go to Student Outreach  to make an in-person or Zoom appointment.


If you are in need of formal business clothing for an upcoming interview, the Bear Essentials Clothing Closet (BSU login required), located in the Internship Program Office , provides formal business attire and suits to students. There are also other resources for clothing within the RISE BridgeNet page .

Fuel and Energy Assistance

If you are unable to pay your winter heating or energy bills, BSU has information on a variety of services that can assist you in either paying your bills or acquiring heating oil for your home through resources available through RISE (BSU login required).

Health and Well-Being

The BSU Wellness Center assists students with any physical health issues and the Counseling Services offers on-campus counseling. BSU also has information on Tuition Insurance and health insurance assistance through Student Accounts.

Family Resources

BSU maintains a list of resources for families needing a variety of services, including child care, housing, nutrition and transitional assistance through the RISE BridgeNet page  (BSU login required).