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Free Apps to Help You Thrive

College can be hard, but sometimes a free app can make it just a bit easier. Check out the list below for help with studying, planning, budgeting and more. Anxious? Not sleeping? We found apps that might help with that, too. We've also listed help lines at the bottom of the page — one is a text-line where you can get support even if you don't feel up to talking with anyone.

Study Aids


Find, create and share flashcards. Make your own set or download sets created by publishers and top educators. Mobile download from the Apple App Store or Google Play.


Flashcard study sets, study plans, activities and games, plus notifications to remind you to study. Combines content with proven techniques for learning material. Also available for iOS and Android.


A crowdsourced study library. Flashcards with pictures, notes and study guides from other students. Create custom quizzes. Mobile download from the Apple App Store or Google Play.


iStudies Pro

Planner, timetables, assignment reminders, keep track of grades and calculate GPA. Available for iOS, macOS, Window 7-10 and Android.



Manage finances, make a budget and track your spending. Mobile download from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Goal Setting

Goals On Track

Not free, but has a 30-day money back guarantee. Make SMART goals, revisit them daily, and track time spent completing tasks through journal entries. Be held accountable and build habits.


Focus on reaching goals by recording behavior and visualizing consistency. Repetition and positive behaviors build motivation to succeed.


Sleep Genius

This paid app is available for download from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Sounds that help you sleep longer and deeper and get to sleep faster.

Coping with Life

Virtual Hope Box

Filled with games, inspirational quotes, pictures and relaxation tips to distract or get through the tough moments. Can personalize strategies and add your own.



Stress management app including breathing exercises with video demo. Chart your progress and read about the effects stress has on the body. Mobile download from the Apple App Store or Google Play.


Learn to reduce stress and anxiety with meditation. Mindfulness practices and tools for concentration and relaxation. Mobile download from the Apple App Store or Google Play.


The #1 app for meditation, sleep stories/music, gratitude journals, self-esteem. Helps bring joy, peace and clarity to your life.


Habit tracking, personalized coaching and leadership. Select a goal, track progress, earn rewards.

Mood / Anxiety


Deep breathing, behavioral exercises and help with identifying negative thinking. This app helps you replace negative thoughts with positive thinking patterns. Available on iOS, Android & web.

SAM (self-help for anxiety management)

Record anxiety and anxious behavior triggers. Self-help options to help you cope with symptoms and monitor thoughts over time. Mobile download from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Help Lines

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
  • The Trevor Project, Saving Young LGBTQ Lives:  1-866-488-7386 (4-U-TREVOR)
  • HOPELINE: Emotional support text line for Wisconsin. Text the word HOPELINE to 741741
  • Veterans Crisis Line: Dial 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 to talk to someone NOW


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