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Frequently Asked Questions

Is my contribution tax-deductible?
Yes! You may be able to claim a charitable deduction for your gift.

How will my gift be used?
Your gift will support emergency grants for students to assist with food-insecurity, housing and technology needs related to distance learning, as well as other immediate financial needs Additionally, your gift will support textbooks, tuition expense and fees for students facing financial hardship due to COVID19, which will be administered through Student Financial Services.

Will I receive a receipt for my contribution?
Yes, you should receive an official tax receipt via email shortly after making your gift online. Please contact for additional questions regarding your tax receipt. 

When will my credit card be charged?
Your credit card is charged immediately upon finalizing your gift on the site.

How is the Student Relief Fund different than CARES Act funding?
Both the Student Relief Fund and the CARES Act funding support our students with tuition and cost of attendance needs as a result of COVID-19 related financial hardships. The financial aid needs of our returning and incoming students are far beyond the funds that CSUSM received from the CARES Act. The Student Relief Fund remains vitally important to help us assist as many of our students as possible. Additionally, CARES Act funding has certain restrictions that makes some of our most financially at-risk students ineligible, while the Student Relief Fund has much fewer ineligibility restrictions.

Where can students request relief?
Students can read more about the students funding page.

I am having trouble making a gift online. Who can I contact for additional assistance?
Please contact for troubleshooting issues and questions regarding making a gift online.