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Financial Security

We recognize that some of our students will unfortunately experience an unexpected serious financial crisis at one time or another.  These events may include an uninsured medical or dental emergency, being the victim of a crime or accident, displacement due to unsafe, unhealthy or unpredictable living conditions, or other unpredictable change in financial status.

The  Basic Needs program is here to help our students in time of need when it matters most.  If you, or a student you know, are having a financial emergency don't wait, contact us.  Below is a list of financial resources currently available.

Grant Programs

COVID 19-Emergency Grants

COVID-19 Emergency Grants

The COVID-19 Emergency Grant was established to assist CSUSB students experiencing unexpected urgent financial need in response to COVID-19 to support their wellbeing by removing financial barriers that would otherwise prevent their participation in online instruction and virtual services this term, and ultimately, spring quarter retention and degree completion. This grant provides eligible students with one-time financial assistance up to $300. Grant funds are meant to address temporary financial hardship due to unforeseen circumstances resulting from the impact of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Emergency Grants is sponsored by the CSUSB CARE Team and Basic Needs, and made possible through the generous support of donors through a campaign sponsored by the CSUSB Philanthropic Fund and University Advancement.

Members of the CARE Team serving on the COVID-19 Grant Subcommittee will begin reviewing grant requests on April [TBA date] and make determinations on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students who also submit a request to the Basic Needs Emergency Grant program may not submit funding requests for identical expenses (receipts), but may submit requests for different expenses. The Committee will give consideration to those with multiple requests in determining award amounts.

The COVID-19 Emergency Grant is not a loan and does not need to be repaid.

Citizenship status does not affect eligibility for this grant.

Students may apply for aid in two areas:

COVID-19 Student Equipment Support Fund

This fund will help students purchase computer equipment and/or software required for the rapid transition to online instruction. Often, CSUSB students do not have the financial means to own their own computers, relying instead on CSUSB computer labs and the John M. Pfau library to complete assignments. With on-campus operations suspended for the Spring term, these students require immediate assistance to purchase the equipment they need to transition to all online instruction.

 

COVID-19 Student Emergency Support Fund

This fund will provide emergency financial support to students during the COVID-19 crisis. Financial assistance will be awarded on the basis of need to help pay for temporary housing costs, essential household utilities (e.g., electricity, internet, and gas), medications or prescriptions, costs related to emergency medical care, hospitalization, or illness, and other vital student needs.

Emergency grants for housing assistance and academic retention may exceed $300 on a case-by-case basis, depending on individual circumstances.

Requirements:
  • Must be a currently enrolled CSUSB undergraduate or graduate student in good standing
  • Must have exhausted all sources of financial aid which includes grants and student loans
  • Must be able to specifically document the nature of the economic crisis and the urgent financial situation (supporting documentation required; e.g. job termination letter, medical bills, eviction notice, change in living situation due to family illness or risk of exposure, etc.)
  • If requesting funds for technology, must demonstrate that the University was unable to provide technology support through the Lending Library program (laptop or mobile hot spot)
  • Must meet with the Basic Needs Coordinator or CARE Case Manager to develop and implement a mutually agreed upon action plan to improve financial sustainability.
Below are a few examples to assist you in determining if you may qualify for the COVID-19 Emergency Grant program:
  • Unexpected economic challenges that can be directly attributed to COVID-19
  • Job loss due to COVID-19, or dependent of family member(s) who lost jobs due to COVID-19
  • Homelessness, displacement, or unsafe living conditions in current residence due to COVID-19
  • Inability to pay bills or other expenses due to loss of expected income due to COVID-19
  • Unexpected expenses due to the transition to online instruction, such as needing to buy books or technology that were previously accessed via the library or computer labs
  • Travel home for illness or death in the immediate family
  • Uninsured medical emergency, or if insured, inability to cover co-pay or cost of prescriptions due to changes in circumstance due to COVID-19
Examples of Expenses Not Eligible for the COVID-19 Emergency Grant:
  • Legal representation
  • Loss of income covered by unemployment benefits
  • Parking tickets
  • Entertainment, recreation or other non-essential expense
  • Expenses already submitted for funding through another Emergency Grant program

Requests for an exception for any of these expenses will be considered only if there is a compelling reason for consideration due to COVID-19.

 

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Basic Needs Emergency Grant

Basic Need Emergency Grant

The Basic Needs Emergency Grant Program was established to assist CSUSB students experiencing unexpected urgent financial need by removing financial roadblocks to degree completion and well-being. This grant provides eligible students with one-time financial assistance up to $500. Grant funds are meant to address temporary financial hardship due to unforeseen and catastrophic life events. Emergency grants for housing assistance and academic retention may exceed $500 on a case-by-case basis depending on individual circumstances.

The Emergency Grant Program is sponsored by CSUSB Basic Needs and made possible through the generous support of donors and funding from Assembly Bill 74 (2019). The Basic Needs Emergency Grant is not a loan and does not need to be repaid. 

Citizenship status does not affect eligibility for this grant.

Requirements:
  • Must be a currently enrolled CSUSB undergraduate or graduate student in good standing
  • Must have exhausted all sources of financial aid which includes grants and student loans
  • Must be able to specifically document the nature of the economic crisis and the urgent financial situation (supporting documentation required; e.g. car repair estimate, police reports, medical bills, eviction notice, utility disconnection notice, etc.)
  • Does not have any past due balances for tuition or other debt to the University
  • Must meet with the Basic Needs Coordinator or CARE Case Manager to develop and implement a mutually agreed upon action plan to improve financial sustainability.
Below are a few examples to assist you in determining if you may qualify for the Basic Needs Emergency Grant program.
  • Unexpected economic challenges
  • Travel home for illness or death in the immediate family
  • Homelessness or displacement due to an unforeseen event  or unsafe living conditions
  • Documented theft of books and other essential academic belongings
  • Uninsured dental or medical emergency
  • Loss of Transportation, car accident or unforeseen car repairs
Examples of Expenses Not Eligible for the Basic Needs Emergency Grant.
  • Legal representation
  • Loss of income covered by unemployment benefits
  • Parking tickets
  • Entertainment, recreation or other non-essential expense
  • Credit Card debt
  • Financial challenges for expected or planned expenses
    • Permanent Housing (i.e. expenses related to your student housing contract)
    • Tuition
    • DMV renewals
    • Utility bills

Requests for these type of expected expenses will only be considered if payments could not be made due to unforeseen or catastrophic event which has caused a redirection of resources.

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Bridging the Gap-Palm Desert Campus Grant

Bridging the Gap Application

As a result of a very special grant from the Auen Foundation, the Bridging the Gap fund is here to help students who are struggling with uncommon financial stress overcome and continue to persist in achieving their college goals. We know well that sometimes an unexpected circumstance or a financial burden is just enough to make it impossible for a student to finish a quarter, complete a key course, or participate in a required out-of-class learning opportunity. This fund will provide one-time financial support for up to $1,500.00 to alleviate the concerns of a financial emergency crisis that may prevent a student from continuing to attend the university.

Application Process:

The confidential application is reviewed personally by Dean Jake Zhu. Students are encouraged to apply by completing the online application. When the completed application is received, the dean will schedule a personal interview to review students' needs on a case-by-case basis.

Please note: Once approved, funds may take up to several weeks to arrive. When the check arrives at PDC, the student will be contacted via phone for pick-up instructions.

 Students are eligible for support if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must be a CSUSB Palm Desert Campus full-time student;
  • Must live in the Coachella Valley;
  • Must demonstrate an emergency financial hardship;
  • Must be in good academic standing; and
  • Must have met with a PDC financial aid advisor to discuss all other financial aid options.

CSUSB is committed to maintaining an inclusive community that values diversity and fosters tolerance and mutual respect. It is CSUSB's policy to provide equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, and veteran status.
 

Grant Application

Additional Campus Financial Resources