Student Basic Needs

Student Basic Needs Resources

Rainy River Community College is committed to providing excellent educational opportunities to the communities it serves. We recognize basic needs — including things like food, housing and transportation — can have a direct impact on the well-being and success of our students. To assist our community in meeting these needs, we’ve compiled the resources below. The information will be revised when appropriate and evolve as necessary.

You don't need to navigate this alone. Rainy River Community College Advisors are available to meet with students who need assistance with basic needs issues.

Click here to contact an Academic Advisor

The United Way

The United Way's 2-1-1 service provides free and confidential health and human service information 24 hours a day. Call 211, text your ZIP code to 898-211.

Click here to connect with United Way 2-1-1 online

Emergency Financial Aid

Financial Aid has a limited amount of emergency funding available to students by request. These funds are made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES).

State and National Resources

Click here to learn more about Emergency Financial Aid

Food Resources 

The Voyageur Food Pantry started in February 2018 as a community collaboration with Falls Hunger Coalition, Second Harvest Food Bank, Ruby’s Pantry and Rainy River Community College. This collaboration along with staff, faculty and community donations allowed us to launch the pantry quickly.

Most recently, Falls Hunger Coalition opened a Food Shelf, at Rainy River Community College that is open the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.

State and National Resources

Click here to learn more about the Voyageur Food Pantry

Transportation Resources

Arrowhead Transit provides Dial-A-Ride services for anyone who lives in International Falls and the surrounding communities. Contact Arrowhead Transit at least an hour in advance to schedule a pick-up time and specific drop-off site. The dispatcher will ask for:

  • Time and exact location of pickup
  • Destination address
  • Number of people traveling with you
  • The exact time of any appointments
  • Return trip information

Cost is $1.50 per ride or $30.00 for an unlimited monthly pass. It runs:

  • Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

State and National Resources

Click here to learn about Arrowhead Transit in Koochiching County

Childcare Resources

Head Start is a federally funded early childhood program that serves children ages 3-5. The program is a comprehensive preschool program that includes the following services:

  • Education
  • Family Support
  • Health Services
  • Disability Services
  • Mental Health Support

What makes Head Start different from other preschool programs is that we focus on the whole family and child to help ensure that each child has the tools needed to be successful in a school setting and will be ready for Kindergarten. Different program options are available to ensure a good fit for each child.

State and National Resources

Click here to learn more about the Head Start Program at Koochiching Community Action

Technology/Internet Access Resources

Rainy River Community College offers two fully equipped computer labs on campus: SS135 and SS143. Computers are also available in the Library.

Students use their StarID, a single username/password, to access all Information Technology Services at RRCC.

Rainy River Community College students, faculty, and staff have access to Office 365, a suite of Cloud-hosted tools, allowing users to access a catalog of software on virtually any device as long as an internet connection is available. You can install Microsoft Office after signing on to Office 365 in your browser.

State and National Resources

Click here to learn more about Technology Resources

Mental Health Resources

Personal Counseling is available on a referral basis. Students who may be having difficulty adjusting to college life or have other personal concerns should talk with their Advisor about personal counseling as soon as possible.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Lifeline (suicidepreventionlifeline.org)

Crisis Text Line | Text HOME To 741741 free, 24/7 Crisis Counseling

Existing mental health self-assessment resources

State and National Resources

Click here to learn more about Northland Counseling

Housing Resources

Rainy Hall is an apartment complex with furnished two bedroom apartments available for you to lease. A year-long contract is required.

Priority is given to full-time students with 12 or more credits. Part-time students with 6 or more credits may lease apartments when space is available. An accessible unit is available if you have a mobility limiting disability. Up to four students are assigned to each two bedroom apartment. Roommate preferences and interests may be indicated on the residence hall contract and are taken into consideration when apartments are assigned. You can request a single room, depending on availability, for an additional fee.

Rainy Hall is conveniently located within walking distance of banks, hospital, clinic, fast-food and regular restaurants, grocery store, discount stores, and motels. On-site recreational facilities include a volleyball court, basketball court, bicycle trail, one-mile lighted cross-country ski trail, and disc golf course!

State and National Resources

Click here to learn more about Rainy Hall