At Sacramento State, our commitment to supporting our students on their path to degree attainment is our top priority and that commitment matters now more than ever. The uncertainty and unprecedented challenges our students are facing in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis goes far beyond continuing their education as they “shelter-in-place;” for many of them, the pandemic has directly impacted their housing, finances, families and mental health. During our transition last month to educating our students virtually, and as the COVID-19 crisis continued to grow, so did the number of requests for emergency support from our basic need programs (Student Emergency Fund, Student Emergency Housing Fund, and ASI Food Pantry). These programs, which were developed long before the COVID-19 crisis, have become an essential resource to Sacramento State students and remain critical because when students are experiencing food, financial, or housing insecurity, it directly impacts their educational success.
Sac State CARES
An unrestricted fund with students-first in mind. Some needs are foreseeable, but others can hit unexpectedly. This fund provides us with the flexibility to respond to students' emerging needs such as homelessness, unforeseen financial burden, mental health crises, and so much more. Gifts to this fund equip our students with the most essential resources required for our students to persist and succeed.
Seth Nelsen Student Emergency Grant
This fund provides for grants to students who encounter financial emergencies that may impact their ability to continue their education. The grants provide a safety net to allow students to get through the emergency and remain enrolled.
Student Emergency Housing
This fund provides housing for students faced with housing insecurity, with the intent of finding a sustainable housing situation.
ASI Food Pantry
Provides food and basic necessities to Sac State students with financial hardships or food insecurity, at no cost.
Library Annual Fund
Gifts to the Library Annual Fund and Give Sac State Day will be used to purchase vital materials needed to support our students' academic success, such as e-textbooks, digital articles, streaming media, and other digital resources that students need for their classes that they would otherwise have access to through the library.