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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 open Monday through Friday from 9 AM – 4 PM, Case Managers meet primarily by appointment. View the Make an Appointment Instructions.

Make An Appointment

Seth Nelsen Emergency Grant

The CARES department is making changes to the process for how Emergency grant awards are made. Therefore, the online Emergency grant application portal is temporarily unavailable. If you are facing a one-time personal emergency and are in need of support, please schedule an appointment with a CARES case manager to discuss how we may assist you.


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

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CARES/Basic Needs
The WELL, Office 1031
M-Th: 8am - 4:30pm, F: 9:30am - 4:30pm

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Phone: (916) 278-5138

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