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.
Review the ASI Student Emergency Fund Policy
Due to COVID-19, please note that the current SEF Policy is currently under review
for approval by the ASI Board of Directors.
Review the COVID-19 Policy
How to Apply
Submit Your Application for Student Emergency Funds Here
When should I apply?
|ASI Student Emergency Funds are available to currently enrolled CSUSM students who
encounter an unexpected catastrophic event or one-time emergency in which your basic
needs and/or ability to function as a student are impacted. Qualifying examples include
but are not limited to:
- Natural disaster
- Severe Illness
What can SEF cover?
ASI’s Student Emergency Fund generally covers:
- Food, Toiletries & Medications
- Costs related to emergency medical cases
- Supplementing financial costs from loss of employment and wages due to closures
- Essential utilities (water, gas, wifi/hotspot, etc.)
Expenses generally NOT covered, include but are not limited to:
- Parking tickets and other fines.
- Costs for for entertainment, recreation, or other non-essential expenses
- Future costs and expenses
I applied- when will I hear back?
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.
Who is eligible?
Currently enrolled in current semester CSUSM students and are in programs that pay
the ASI fee.
You may not be eligible if..
- this is a continuing situation that you have already received ASI Student Emergency
- you have already received SEF this academic year
- you are in one of the following programs and not paying the ASI fee:
BA Sociology, Accelerated
BS Wildfire Science
MA Educational Administration
MA Reading, Language, and Literacy
Master of Public Health- This program is offered in two modalities. Students strictly
in the online modality would not be eligible but all other students would be eligible.
Speech Language Pathology Preparation
Applied Behavior Analysis
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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.