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Crisis Assistance & Resource Education Support (CARES) Division of Student Affairs


About Crisis Assistance & Resource Education Support (CARES)

Help is just a visit, a phone call or an email away

The Sacramento State CARES office provides support to students who are in crisis or experiencing unique challenges to their education. We coordinate referrals to campus and community resources and offer follow-up support to address a variety of issues including, but not limited to:

  • Transportation Barriers
  • Mental Health & Wellness
  • Physical Health & Wellness

The CARES office is operating virtually. Make an Appointment Instructions

Make An Appointment

Virtual Front Desk

Tuesdays and Fridays 12 - 1 pm
Join the Virtual Desk

Seth Nelsen Emergency Grant

The Seth Nelsen grant supports students who are experiencing an unexpected financial crisis that is affecting their enrollment or academics and cannot be readily resolved through other resources


  • Currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program at Sacramento State
  • Enrolled Full-time (undergraduate 12 units; graduate 6 units)
  • Minimum GPA 2.0
  • Available once per academic year

Apply for The Seth Nelsen Emergency Grant


The Seth Nelsen Student Emergency Grant (x12750) supports students who are experiencing one-time financial challenges. This fund helps cover unexpected expenses that impact a student’s enrollment. This fund is in memory of Seth Nelsen, the son of Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen and his wife Jody Nelsen, who lost their son to suicide. They remain committed to helping students in crisis, such as supporting this fund. Donate to The Student Emergency Grant

The Student Emergency Housing Fund (x12870) supports students who are currently residing in our short-term emergency housing program. Donations to this fund help pay for meals and housing support for students in one-time, unexpected housing emergencies that impact their enrollment. Donate to The Student Emergency Housing Fund

Campus Services

Find Us

CARES (Crisis Assistance & Resource Education)
University Union, 1st Floor, Room 1260
Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Contact Us

Phone: (916) 278-5138

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