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SHCS Health Assistance Fund

SHCS health Assistance FundThe SHCS Health Assistance Fund was created to address the financial barriers faced by students in accessing wellness, mental and medical health services needed to support their well-being and academic success. University mental health services, by design, work on a short-term model, and students with complex needs or needs for long-term therapy are at times referred to off-campus treatment providers.

University health services offer basic care and treatments, often referring out for lab work and more specialized care. The intent of this fund is to help offset the costs of obtaining wellness, medical and mental health treatment for students who have financial needs.

 Fund will pay for:

  • Therapy (e.g., individual, couples, group, and family therapy)
  • Mental health treatment centers (e.g., eating disorder, substance abuse, psychotic disorder treatment centers)
  • Psychological testing
  • Psychiatric visits
  • Medical appointments
  • Medication (prescription and over the counter)
  • Immunization
  • Lab work
  • Optometry (eyeglasses, contact lens, etc)
  • Dental appointments
  • Transportation to/from medical and mental health appointments


  • Currently enrolled CSUSM students. 
  • Students that need financial assistance to pay for wellness, medical or mental health services they cannot afford or that are outside the scope of SHCS.
  • To ensure that the SHCS HAF can be most helpful, students must be able to provide supporting statement of their needs and cost of services they are seeking.
  • Student may be awarded anywhere from $50 (minimum) - $500 (maximum) per request, but only able to receive $500 max per semester (Spring/Fall semesters only).


  1. Students must apply online, see application link below.
  2. Student will be contacted by Clinical Case Manager wihtin 5-7 business days to schedule an appointment to discuss their request, as well as any other resources that may be helpful to the student.
  3. At the time of the meeting with Clinical Case Manager, student may provide supporting documentation and services being sought. (Please see the application for details.)
  4. The Clinical Case Manager then forwards the student’s request to SHCS HAF approval committee for final review and approval.
  5. Clinical Case Manager will inform the student of request outcome within 5-7 business days of their meeting with the Clinical Case Manager.
  6. If approved, students will receive funds as a Financial Aid Scholarship in their student account. Students are highly encouraged to enroll in the CSUSM Direct Deposit Program. This can be done through logging into
  7. If denied, students will be provided with information about other on- and off-campus resources that might help address their needs.

Applications are OPEN for Spring 2023 - 

We are currently processing applications on a first come, first serve basis with limited funding. Completion of application does not guarantee funding. If funds are depleted, case management services will be provided to connect you to resources.

You may apply in the Spring 2023 semester at SHCS HAF Applications. We currently ran out of funds for the semester, however, referrals and options will be provided with our Clinical Case Manager. Please apply so that we can follow up with you for resources.

Please help us support students who have financial barriers in accessing mental, medical and wellness care. Please consider donating to the SHCS: Health Assistance Fund Scholarship.  No amount is small. Every dollar helps!! DONATE HERE

If you have further questions or concerns, please email