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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

Monday, Thursday, Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm

Virtual Front Desk Zoom Session

COVID-19 Student Aid Relief

Attention: Emergency grants are available to eligible students who have experienced a loss of income or added expenses because of the pandemic or are experiencing a one-time crisis that is financially affecting their education.

HEERF Emergency Grants

Please note:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are experiencing a high volume of applications. Please allow up to 3 weeks for a response, and make sure to provide accurate documentation and proof of your one-time crisis to avoid a delay in your application. If you have a current formal eviction notice or formal 3-day pay-or-quit and are asking for support, please email to inform us of your application.


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. The program includes up to 30 days in the residence halls with 2 meals a day provided, while students meet with a case manager to identify long-term solutions. 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

Meet Us