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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 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 direct and indirect costs of obtaining physical 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 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 documentation 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 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 must provide supporting documentation of  financial needs and services being sought. (Please see the application for details.)
  4. The Clinical Case Manager then forwards the student’s request to SHCS governance 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.
  7. If denied, students will be provided with information about other on- and off-campus resources that might help address their needs.

SHCS Spring 2022 Applications will be opening soon. Please check back by February 1st for updates. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

SHCS Health Assistance Fund Application

If you have further questions or concerns, please email