Financial Resources to Help Get Through COVID-19

Updated March 17, 2021

The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is impacting households, communities, and businesses. A U.S. Census survey from October noted that one-third of adults reported it was somewhat or very difficult to pay for their usual household expenses. The frequently asked questions below highlight some common financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The answer to each question has links to government websites and the types of assistance that might be available. We will keep updating this information as new policies and resources are put into place.

If you would like to talk to a financial counselor about your situation, options include:

  • Free – The UW-Madison Extension has financial educators who can help you find resources and come up with a personal plan. Find contact information for Extension financial educator by clicking on this link.
  • Free – The Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education is currently offering free financial counseling and coaching with their certified professionals. Click here to visit the AFCPE website to set up an account and request services.
  • Free or low-cost – The National Foundation for Credit Counseling is a network of nonprofit consumer credit counseling agencies that provide services online and over the phone. Click here for the NFCC website or call 833-746-7577.

You can also contact your local UW-Madison Extension office for more financial information. Click here to find your county Extension office.

I have no money coming in. Where do I start?

Can I get unemployment benefits?

Am I eligible for any public health insurance or food assistance?

What are options for my small business or farm?

Is the government going to send me a third payment?

What if I can’t pay my rent?

What if I can’t make my mortgage payment?

What if I get behind on utility payments?

What if I can’t pay my car loan or credit cards?

What if I can’t make my federal student loan payment?

What if I can’t pay my income taxes?

Should I take money out of my retirement savings to pay for my living expenses now?

My spouse lost their job and our family health insurance plan. What options do we have for health insurance?

Can I get emergency paid sick leave?

Are there other services that can help me keep up with bills?

What can I do if I’m a financial caregiver for another person?

Can a store raise the price on an item when it’s in short supply?

Where can I find more information on the virus?

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