Resources to get you started

Laptop loaner programs

The WSU Vancouver Library loans laptops for students to use. Laptops cannot be reserved, but you are encouraged to call ahead to determine availability. Contact 360-227-6257 or library@wsu.edu to learn more. Building hours are limited—check the Library website for details.

The Computer Loan Program also provides students with laptops for personal education use through the Office of the Provost.

Wi-Fi

Personal Wi-Fi hotspots are available for checkout.

Wi-Fi access is available across the WSU Vancouver campus. In addition to the Library and scheduled study rooms on the second floor, the quad and central pathways, you can also connect from your car in one of the following parking lots:

  • The south end of the Orange 1 parking lot (near the Information kiosk)
  • Visitor and accessible parking in the visitor loop
  • The south end of Orange 3 lot
  • The Parking Services and plant parking lot

Please note—parking permits are required for campus parking.

Check out the Clark County drive-in Wi-Fi location finder as well.

Cougar Center

Contact the Cougar Center for answers to almost any university-related question.

Cougar Food Pantry

The Cougar Food Pantry provides free, nonperishable items to students in need of food.

Housing

Although WSU Vancouver does not offer housing on campus, there are many local options. Explore the Campus Bulletin Board for Housing, or visit other online resources, such as the Columbian and Oregonian local newspapers.

Child care

WSU Vancouver is offering subsidies to assist with child care costs for currently enrolled students. To get started, submit the Child Care Subsidy/Reimbursement Form.

For additional information, please contact Nikki Hinshaw at nikki_hinshaw@wsu.edu.

Check your financial aid status

View your status at the “Finances” link in myWSU, including your award summary, to-do list and student account activity.

Questions about your financial aid package? Schedule a 30-minute virtual appointment with Student Financial Services, email van.finaid@wsu.edu or call the Cougar Center at 360-546-9559 for financial aid assistance.

Take math and writing placement exams

If you haven’t earned credit for a college-level writing course, you must take the writing placement exam. Depending on your major and/or courses in college-level math, you may also need to take a math placement test. Check exam websites for details.

Not sure if you need to take the placement exams? Email the ROAR Team at van.roar@wsu.edu.

Student Emergency Funds

Student Emergency Funds are available for currently enrolled students (graduate and undergraduate) experiencing financial emergencies (housing, food, health care, materials required for classes in the current online instruction environment...) related to the current COVID-19 situation. These Emergency Funds can only be accessed if you have exhausted all financial aid resources and are available thanks to generous donations from donors.

Short-term loans

Short-term loans (basically an advance of pending financial aid) up to $1,000 are available while waiting for financial aid to disburse. Short term loans are available on the first day of the term for students whose financial aid is delayed. If you are interested in a short term loan please email van.accounts@wsu.edu to request an application form.