The ASI Student Emergency Fund provides compassionate assistance to students who encounter unforeseen financial emergencies or catastrophic events that disrupt their progress towards a degree. Funded by Associated Students Inc. and private donations, the ASI Student Emergency Fund (SEF) is a collaboration between Cougar Care Network, University Advancement, and ASI.
These funds are not intended to be used for routine expenses nor as a consistent supplement to a student’s education funding sources. All requests must be urgent in nature. Funds will not be awarded to the same student more than once during an academic year.
Due to COVID-19, please note that the current SEF Policy is currently under review for approval by the ASI Board of Directors.
ASI’s Student Emergency Fund generally covers:
Expenses generally NOT covered, include but are not limited to:
After application is received it will be reviewed by the Student Emergency Team during business hours and a member of the CSUSM Cougar Care Network that sits on the ASI Students Emergency Fund Team will reach out to you via email.
Applicants are required to meet with a member of the CSUSM Cougar Care Network (CCN) virtually before their application will be processed. This can be a phone call, zoom, skype, etc. Applicants will also need to submit back-up documentation for their request and should include what they can/feel comfortable with in their application. The CCN member can help students brainstorm ideas for what can be used as backup documentation students do not know what to submit.
Following this meeting, you will receive notice (via email) of the team decision within
5-7 business days. Award amount is $350, if approved.
Please note: Due to the high volume of applications, approval/denial notification and award to student may take longer than normal.
CSUSM Students who are currently enrolled in the current semester and are in programs that pay the ASI fee.
You may not be eligible if..
However, if you meet one of the criteria above, we still encourage you to apply as you may be eligible to receive funds through other revenue sources as long as funds are available.
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The situation around the COVID-19 outbreak is evolving every day, and CSUSM is taking additional proactive measures to protect our CSUSM community, on and off campus. Many students are struggling to cover costs related to travel or housing, access to technology, health and wellness and other unbudgeted expenses.
Sixty percent of students at Cal State San Marcos receive financial assistance and over thirty-five percent of active financial aid applicants have income levels well below the federal poverty line. It is unfortunate that many students find the term "starving student" to be a reality.
We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of concern for our students from the community and the desire to help, even as you contend in your own lives with the challenges of the COVID-19 public health crisis. Thank you now and always for being a supporter for our Cougar students.