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Student Emergency Fund (SEF)

Student Emergency Funding

The 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 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.

Student Emergency Fund Policy


The Student Emergency Fund is available to currently enrolled CSUSM students who encounter an unexpected financial emergency or catastrophic event in which their 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


  • Has experienced a catastrophic event or one-time emergency
  • Must be a currently enrolled CSUSM student

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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.


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 student emergency fund assists needy 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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Call: (760) 750-7627