Student Resources

KCAI is moving all classes and student services on-line for the remainder of the semester.  Here is a list of resources that may help you with navigating college services such as Counseling, Academic Advising, Financial Aid and Career Services. You will also find resources that will help you adapt to on-line learning as well as inspiration from artists and designers who are adapting to studio life at home. During these difficult times, many of us may need access to additional help to assist with the financial and personal burdens that we are all facing. Below you will find links to emergency relief funds and social services to help you through these difficult times.

The resources on this page may have specific requirements or eligibility and deadlines. Please refer to the individual pages for details.

Are you a student in need? We are here to help. Email and we will help direct you to the proper resources.

Do you have a resource that you think should be added to this list? email

KCAI Cares
KCAI Cares is a fund created in direct response to the growing and immediate needs of our students during the COVID-19 global pandemic. KCAI Cares will provide financial assistance grants up to $300 for students who are unable to meet essential expenses.

KCAI Campus Resources
Campus services are available to students remotely through email and virtual meetings. If you need assistance in any of the following areas, email them below to set up a time. 

Academic Advising, Academic Support, Career Services and Disability Services

  • Ari Fish – Career services, academic advising, First Year Experience:
  • Patricia Orpilla – Academic advising, academic support:
  • Jessica Castaneda – Disability services, academic support, academic advising:
  • Amanda Hajdu – Academic advising, academic support, new transfer evaluations, any other student support questions/concerns:

Financial Aid including work-study

KCAI Campus Safety and Security

Campus Technology

Jannes Library

VIDEO: Dr. Elisabeth Sundermeier, KCAI’s Campus Psychologist offers students advice on how to find mental health resources during these challenging times.
“This isn’t what I was expecting!” Coping with Anxiety About Moving to Online Education During COVID-19
WellConnect Counseling use code KCART
Behavioral Health KC

Remote Learning Resources
Current students must be logged in to MyKCAI to view

Distance Learning Tips and Tricks 
A few tips and tricks provided to you by AACS

Emergency Relief Funds
KCAI Cares
CERF+ Artist Emergency Funds
Rauschenberg Emergency Grants
FCA COVID-19 Relief Fund
Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
Artists and Activist Relief Fund – Individual grants
Restaurant Employee Relief Fund
United Way COVID-19 Relief Funds 1-866-211-9966 or 

Financial Resources

Food Stamp Benefits
Food Quality Initiative
Local Food Banks
Missouri Food Assistance (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
Kansas Food Assistance (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

Missouri Low Income Energy Assistance Program (MO LIEAP) (Assistance to pay your gas or electric utility bill in Missouri)
Kansas Low Income Energy Assistance Program (KC LIEAP) (Assistance to pay your gas or electric utility bill in Kansas)
KC Water Payment Arrangement Program (KCMO Water Utility Payment Assistance)
Kansas City, Missouri Utility Assistance (General Resources Link)
Kansas City, Kansas Utility Assistance (BPU)
Free Internet Through Charter during COVID Outbreak (Stipulations apply)
Missouri Lifeline Assistance Free Cell Phone for Low-Income Families and Individuals
Kansas Lifeline Assistance Free Cell Phone for Low-Income Families and Individuals
Resources for Low Cost or Free Internet for Low-Income Individuals (General Links Page)

Missouri Rental Help (HUD)
Kansas Rental Help (HUD)
Missouri Eviction Prevention and Homeless Assistance (Resources Link)

Moving and Traveling
U-Haul is offering 30 days of free storage for college students
Enterprise is dropping the age restriction to 18 for college students who can’t fly home

MO Department of Labor 
KS Department of Labor

General Debt Relief Info During COVID 19 (
Up to date Tax Information (Deadline extensions, Relief, etc.)
Up to Date Student Loan Information during COVID 19 Outbreak

Resources for Undocumented Communities

Professional Resources
COVID Freelance Artist Resources
Artists Thrive
Up to date Open Calls for Artists (Art Rabbit)
Call for Entry for Artists (General CFEA)
Creative Capital Artist Resources (Specifically during COVID19 Outbreak)
WomenArts.Org Resources for Emergency Artist Grants
Allies in Arts Grants (Artist Grants for LGBTQIA Artists)
Foundation for Contemporary Arts COVID 19 Relief Fund Application
I Care If You Listen-List of Artist Resources, Grants, and Forums During COVID 19

Connecting in the time of COVID-19
Tag @kcartinstitute on Instagram and show us your at-home studio and artwork and we may repost.

Submit work to @socialdistancegallery Instagram and many others
Participate in drawing communities like Pandemink or Quarantink
Over 3,300 Ted Talks

Stay Connected
Marco Polo App