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

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Student Emergency Services

The emergency fund is currently accepting applications from students for food and toiletry needs only. Students are eligible for up to $200 per month for the months of April and May. Students with children are eligible for $300 per month for April and May

Requests for rent and utility assistance due to COVID-19 issues are on pause, as California currently has a statewide moratorium on evictions and utility and internet companies will not shut off services due to non-payment if you had a loss or reduction of income from COVID-19. Unemployment is also available for employees who had their wages reduced or lost employment. Please see the full list of COVID-19 resources. For questions, please contact

COVID-19 Emergency Supplemental Grants

Student Emergency Grant 

The CARES office is operating virtually. Please send applications and documentation to

The Robert Seth Nelsen Student Emergency Grant assists students who experience a financial emergency or unanticipated expenses causing short-term financial hardship that requires immediate attention to keep a student in college.

This program is designated to assist those who cannot reasonably resolve their financial difficulty through scholarships, loans or other Financial Aid awards. The Office of Student Affairs in accordance with applicable University rules and policies is administering this program. Funding for the Student Emergency Grant (SEG) comes from fundraising by fellow students through the Student Advancement Council and the Student Alumni Association.

Student Emergency Grant Application

Student Emergency Housing

Student Emergency Housing is a collaboration between Student Affairs CARES Office and Housing & Residential Life. The program provides short-term housing assistance to students who are unexpectedly displaced from their homes.

Students must meet with the Student Affairs Case Manager for a basic needs assessment and may qualify for up to 30 days in the residence halls. Students may also qualify to receive a meal plan, which provides 2 meals a day in dining commons. All undergraduate and graduate students may apply.

If you are interested, please contact the Student Affairs Case Manager at 916-278-5138.

Student Emergency Housing Application