South Central College (SCC) Lifesaver Fund:

The SCC Lifesaver Fund is an emergency grant program available to students to pay for unforeseen expenses that could lead to dropping out of college. South Central College's Campus Foundations will cover up to $1,000 (maximum per person, per academic year) of critical expenses such as vehicle repairs, utility shut-off, medical bills and other emergencies. Payment to third party vendors is made within 48 hours of the grant decision.

Complete application at:  

SMRLS Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services

Free legal services for low-income people.

Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-11:45am and 1pm-3pm

Mankato Office: 507-387-5588
Toll Free: 1-888-575-2954

12 Civic Center Plaza Suite 3000
Mankato, MN 56001

Life-Work Planning Center

Pre- Employment services for displaced homemaker and women in transition. Life-Work Planning Center is a workforce development program for displaced homemakers and women in transition. The mission of the agency is to increase the self-sufficiency of women and their families. Services include essential individualized action plants, skills workshops, one-to-one self-sufficiency counseling, career testing and assessment, and advocacy.
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(507) 345-1577

127 S 2nd St #210
Mankato, MN 56001

SCC Financial Aid

Financial aid is money to help students pay for their educational expenses at a post-secondary school. Some types of financial aid do not need to be repaid and some types do.

Follow the link to find out more information:

MN Office of Higher Education: Paying for College

Paying for college can be difficult, but there are people and resources to help you at

Blue Earth County Human Services / Social Services

The Human Services Department’s mission is to effectively and efficiently deliver essential services to families and individuals so they can achieve their potential through active community participation. Federal and State programs including: Section 8 Housing Assistance, SNAP (Food Assistance), MFAP, WIC, Emergency Assistance etc.

Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Blue Earth County Human Services Resource Guide (PDF):

Human Services General Phone: (507) 304-4222
410 S. 5th Street
Mankato, MN 56001


Nicollet County Human Services/Social Services

The mission of Nicollet County Human Services is to provide Nicollet County residents essential government services efficiently and ethically, directed towards an acceptable quality of life.

Nicollet County Public Health: The mission and purpose of Nicollet County Public Health is to promote, protect, and preserve the health of county residents by offering: Family health services including family planning, health promotion and disease prevention, school nursing, senior programs including senior transportation, Waiver Services, and WIC Program.

Home & Community Based Resources list:


Health & Human Services Building
622 S. Front Street
St. Peter, MN 56082

Rice County Public Health/Social Services

Rice County Public Health offers a wide variety of health education programs for schools, worksites, and community groups. Staff members work collaboratively with many organizations and groups in the community to create policies, systems, and environmental changes which promote and protect the health of the residents of Rice County.

Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm


Government Services Building
320 Third Street NW
Faribault, MN 55021

Bridge to Benefits

FREE online benefits eligibility screening tool for students and families to see what public programs they may qualify for to help them stretch their budget. If you need assistance in using the screening tool go to SCC North Mankato campus C105.  ( Click on Partner Login - Partner Login: sccstudent Password: b2b )

United Way's 211

Times are tough for everyone right now. If you or someone you know needs help, Get connected to the help and resources that will help you get through these tough times. FREE, confidential and available 24/7, Multilingual lines 24/7. Trained information specialists and volunteers can connect you to over 40,000 community resources available throughout Minnesota.

Dial 211 on any land-line phone or 1-800-543-7709

United way: Greater Mankato: Our mission is to unite the community to secure and invest resources to improve people's lives. Including Childcare, Counseling, Crisis response: volunteering/donating, food, healthcare, housing, legal help, mental health, transportation, youth services, and senior services.

127 S. 2nd St
Suite 190
Mankato, Mn 56001

United way: Faribault: United Way of Faribault unites people and resources to improve lives in the community with a focus on education, income, health, and basic needs – the building blocks for a good quality of life. We do this by convening the community to address key issues, collaborating to achieve a measurable impact, and connecting human and financial resources to achieve our mission. Working together we can make a difference right where we live through the United Way Engagement.

220 Central Ave., Suite 100
Faribault, MN 55021

Youth Directory

This directory is a listing of resources for youth in Blue Earth, Nicollet, Brown, Sibley, Watonwan, Faribault, Martin, Le Sueur, and Waseca counties. Due to limited space, not all agencies in these counties are listed. A listing is not intended as an endorsement, nor is not being listed intended as disapproval.

Developed by: Subcommittee of the South Central Youth Council