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ASI Student Emergency Fund (SEF)

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Student Emergency Funding

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 is a collaboration between Student Affairs, 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.

ASI Student Emergency Fund Policy

COVID-19 Policy

Due to COVID-19, please note that the current SEF Policy is currently under review for approval by the ASI Board of Directors.

When to 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:

  • Homelessness
  • Hunger
  • Accident
  • Natural disaster
  • Fire
  • Severe Illness
  • Etc

What we can help 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

Apply today!

Apply for Student Emergency Funds

After application is received it will be reviewed by our Student Emergency Team during business hours and you will receive notice (via email) of team decision within 3-5 business days. Maximum award amount is $250, if approved.


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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.

Your contribution to the ASI Student Emergency fund assists students annually. To make a donation using the link below, please select “Other” in the first field of the form and note “Student Emergency Fund” in the field below, noted “Other Designation.” 

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