Student Basic Needs
Here to Help
The team here at CSUSM is dedicated to helping students achieve success and connecting them with the resources and assistance necessary to help them achieve their degree. Here you'll find a collection of on campus and community resources available to you.
Not sure where to start?
The Cougar Care Network provides information, resources, and support to students who are experiencing financial, personal, academic or other challenges which may be adversely affecting their academic and/or personal success.
Student Health & Counseling Services provides physical and mental wellness services on campus and virtually to students. Call to schedule an initial consult Monday-Friday at 760-750-4915.
Navigating the Virtual Semester
Visit the CSUSM as One website for information and resources for navigating the university online.
Crisis Text Line
24-hour line Type “HOME” to 741741
San Diego County Access and Crisis
24-hour line (888) 724-7240
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
24-hour line (800) 273-8255
Disaster Distress Helpline
24-hour line (800) 985-5990
Center for Community Solutions Domestic Violence
24-hour line (888) 272-1767
Women’s Resource Center Domestic Violence
24-hour line (760) 757-3500
National Sexual Violence
24-hour line (800) 273-8255
The Trans Lifeline
San Diego County Child Abuse Hotline
San Diego County Adult Protective Services
Cougar Career Closet
Cougar Career Closet is stocked with gently used professional clothing FREE for all
CSUSM students in need of proper attire for career-related events.
Career Closet Information
ASI Cougar Pantry
The ASI Cougar Pantry has moved to Commons 104 next to the University Bookstore. Currently enrolled CSUSM Students can “shop” in the space once a week. Current operating hours are Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 6:00pm. For safety, masks and social distancing are required in the space. For convenience, there are two 30-minute parking spots available in lower Lot E for students to use while shopping.
ASI Student Emergency Fund
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. Grants are available once per academic year.
Apply for SEF Grant
Financial Aid Emergency Loan
For current students who have unique or unexpected expenses occur. Students can borrow
up to a maximum of $500; loans must be repaid in eight (8) weeks.
Apply for Emergency Loan
FCC Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)
Provides eligible households with a discount on broadband service and connected devices.
Parking and Commuter Services
Discount transit passes - $57.60/month
Office open Mondays – Thursdays – 10 am – 3 pm.
There will be free parking in Lots X,Y, and Z from 5 am to 11:59 PM
Legal Aid Society
Provides legal assistance for housing, debt collection, housing discrimination, and other areas.