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In order for students to successfully navigate their educational experience, it is often necessary to access basic needs resources along the lines of food security, housing, financial support, safety and security, health and wellness, and academic assistance.

If you have questions that are not answered here, please visit Student Life in McCain Student Center.


The Basics

Career Planning

The College of Idaho inspires and encourages you to push your boundaries and explore opportunities as a launching pad for your post-graduation career. 

To learn more, click here.

Food Security

On Campus Options

Yote Food Pantry
Get a Meal, Give a Meal - The Get-A-Meal, Give-A-Meal program enables students to donate a meal from their weekly plan which can then be used by another student who is need of a meal. This program is only available at Simplot Dining Hall.

Off-Campus Options

Food Bank Locator
SNAP for College Students
Apply for WIC
WICAP Collective  (PDF)

Representation, Inclusion, Equity Resources

Chosen Name, Preferred Pronoun, and Gender Identity

Entering a Chosen Name is for students, faculty, and staff who have chosen a name that they intend to use in all interactions and correspondence (including mail to their campus box and home) rather than their legal name. This is different from your nickname. The chosen name will appear on class rosters, in advising records, and in other areas that are viewable to College faculty, staff and students. Please do not use special characters such as ^,~, `, or /'s.

To change your Chosen Name, Preferred Pronoun, and/or Gender Identity: Self Service, User Options, User Profile, Edit Personal Identity.

Email Address

Your legal name was used to create your College-issued email address, so submitting a chosen name will not change the college-issued email address. To have your email address changed, please submit the email request form. Your email address name will be changed at the completion of the current semester. If your name fails to update somewhere please contact [email protected] for assistance.

Other Resources

State-by-state information on how to legally change sex designation and name: 

Guidelines for Changing Name and Gender/Sex on IDs  
Guidelines for Changing Birth Certificates from Lambda Legal 

Legal Support:

Transgender Law Center 
Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund 

LGBTQ+ - friendly Healthcare Providers
LGBTQ+ Community Resources in Idaho

The Community Center - Boise 

Healthcare for International Students

Employment for International Students

Student ID Cards

Students who have opted to use a preferred name in Self-Service or who have legally changed their name can receive a replacement ID card at no cost. The student’s preferred first name will be printed on the front of their campus ID card. 

College of Idaho photo ID cards are issued for College business only and should not be considered government-issued identification for purposes such as air travel. 

Residence Life 

Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH) offers students a room environment that is welcoming to all gender identities, not one that is limited by the traditional gender binary. Gender-inclusive housing is offered in any hall and is coordinated on an individual basis. This is a voluntary option. More information can be found on the Gender Inclusive Housing Application Form or contact Residence Life. 

Safe Space Training Materials

Facilitator Guide (PDF)
Participant Packet (PDF)

Retreat Guide  (PDF)

Other Resources

Language - DO DON'T Handout
Coming Out Handout
Queer Umbrella Handout
Campus Pride Index

Staying Safe

We're committed to creating a safe and secure environment for every member of the Yote Family. An on-duty officer can be reached at 208-459-5151 at any time, day or night, 365 days of the year.


Campus Safety
Personal Safety Information
Sexual Misconduct & Title IX
Student Advocates
Incident Report
Emergency Information Procedures (PDF)

Student Success & Support


Academic Advising
Study Skills Resources
Academic Advising Team
Tutoring Center
Find Help Idaho

Accommodation Services

Accessibility & Learning Excellence Accommodations
Trip Accommodations

Learning Coach Services

Peer mentors who are available to help develop time management, study strategies, and create other plans for academic success.

Get to know your learning coaches here

Wellness Resources

On-Campus Resources

Meet Our Counselors
Student Health Services

Health & Counseling Services
Self Care Resources

Off-Campus Counseling

Treasure Valley Counselors - Accept Medicaid
Counselor Referral List
Counselors - Blue Cross Accepted


Make Better Health Decisions with Healthwise

Violence & Abuse

Advocates Against Family Violence
Stop Relationship Abuse
The Hotline

Substance Abuse

SAMHSA National Helpline - 1-800-662-HELP (4357)


We are now offering free Telehealth appointments through TimelyCare. Get on-demand support from counselors, doctors, nurse practitioners, and more, right at your fingertips. 

  • Medical: Get 24/7, on-demand and scheduled medical visits. 
  • Talk Now: Get 24/7, on-demand mental health support. 
  • Health Coaching: Schedule virtual appointments with a certified health coach. 
  • Scheduled Counseling: Access licensed counselors in your state. 
  • Psychiatry: Get access to no-cost psychiatry services.

Create your FREE account: 

  • Visit or download the TimelyCare app. 
  • Click “Sign In.” 
  • Create your profile using your school email. 
  • Follow the prompts to start your first visit.  

Basic Needs Support
Frequently-Asked Questions about TimelyCare (PDF)

Self-Care Resources

Burn-Out Scale (PDF)
Clutter & Mental Health (PDF)
Daily Planner (PDF)
Identify the Problem (PDF)
Mini-Daily Planner (PDF)
My Burnout Prevention Plan (PDF)
Self-Care Checklist (PDF)
Self-Care Burnout (PDF)
Self-Care Planner (PDF)
Sleep Routine Worksheet (PDF)
Stress Management Techniques (PDF)
Weekly & Hourly College Schedule (PDF)
Weekly Planner (PDF)
Yoga at Your Desk (PDF)