The SDSU Basic Needs Center
The SDSU Basic Needs Center aims to connect students to resources that prevent or
assist them through situations related to food insecurities, housing stability, or
unforeseen financial crises that impact student success. Using a holistic approach
to well-being, the Basic Needs Center supports students by leveraging a campus-wide
collaboration that utilizes on and off-campus partnerships and provides direct referrals
based on each student’s unique circumstances. The Basic Needs Center empowers students
to identify and access long term, sustainable solutions during/throughout their academic
career at SDSU and beyond.
What are basic needs?
Basic needs are fundamental to students’ dignity and success throughout their higher
education experience. They include: food security; housing security, financial stability,
health and wellness, child and dependent care, transportation; and technology and
Economic Crisis Response Team (ECRT) Assistance
The ECRT can help any SDSU student connect with resources, both on and off campus,
to help get you through your immediate food, housing, or financial crisis. Students
can request assistance from ECRT using the Request Assistance link above.
After you submit the form, you will receive an email from ECRT with resources and
next steps for assistance. Within 72 business hours, an ECRT staff member will be
in contact with you regarding your specific situation and the information you provided
on the assistance form. If possible, please add the staff member’s emails below to
your contact list, or frequently check your spam folder.
CalFresh is a program that provides monthly food benefits to assist low-income households
in purchasing the food they need to maintain adequate nutritional levels. Full-time
and part-time students can connect with a representative who can answer questions
and walk students through the pre-screening eligibility process. Click the link above
to learn more about this program and to see if you qualify.
Financial Education Sessions
The mission of the Financial Education Peer Program is to empower students to achieve
financial independence, increasing knowledge of financial topics, in order to give
students the tools needed to have healthy financial habits. Use the link above to
book a one-on-one session or to check out all of our other available resources.
Basic Needs Kits
Request up 10 basic needs items per month. Choose from a variety of hygiene supplies,
menstrual products, school supplies, diapers, baby wipes, & more!
Fee Relief Grant
Apply using the link above to be considered for the Fee Relief Grant. You can apply
for the Fee Relief Grant in the beginning of each semester.
Please use this form to request a presentation by the Basic Needs Center and the Economic
Crisis Response Team (ECRT). Presentations will be a total of 45 minutes (30 minute
presentation with 15 minute Q&A), and will include information on services and resources
provided by the Basic Needs Center and ECRT.
A.S. Food Pantry
The Associated Students Food Pantry provides nutritious food and food program referral
services for SDSU students experiencing food insecurity. Visit the A.S. Food Pantry
in the Aztec Student Union. Use the link above to find hours and additional information.
See a list of Food Resources available to support students.
Basic Needs Resources
Click the link above to access food, housing, financial, technology & transportation
and other resources. If you are facing an immediate economic crisis, please submit
a Request for Assistance form to the Economic Crisis Response Team (ECRT).
Also, this General Community Resources Document contains community resources reflecting a diverse community need.
Click on the link above to see what's going on in the Basic Needs Center! Also, check
out our IG @sdsuecrt
Would You Like to Support Students Through ECRT? Donations can be made to our ECRT
Emergency Fund to help students with urgent basic needs support.
Tangible tips, resources and advice for Faculty, Staff, and Student Leaders on how
to identify students in crisis and connect students to support resources.
iGrad will assess your finances in less than 5 minutes and recommend tools, content,
and courses for your goals. Students and staff have access to iGrad, your source for
no-cost financial wellness and education. iGrad features dynamic and interactive financial
tools, courses, and resources to deliver a highly personalized experience designed
just for you.