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Student Basic Needs

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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 Helplines

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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
(877) 565-8860

San Diego County Child Abuse Hotline
(800) 344-6000

San Diego County Adult Protective Services
(800) 510-2020

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Career Center

The Career Center connects students with job opportunities and assists with resume review, interview prep and career readiness.
Immediate Employment Opportunities

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

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Student at Cougar Pantry

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 also provides CalFresh on-campus/virtual application assistance, please contact or visit our ASI CalFresh page for more information.
ASI Cougar Pantry Information

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Funding Resources

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

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Housing Assistance

Contact the Cougar Care Network (CCN) for assistance with housing insecurity or homelessness

(760) 750-7627;

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On Campus Resources and Support

Virtual Library Resources

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

North County Transit District (NCTD) discount passes for college students

Legal Services

Legal Aid Society
Provides legal assistance for housing, debt collection, housing discrimination, and other areas.