Basic Needs Emergency Funds

The Basic Needs Emergency Fund provides small one-time awards to eligible SFSU students who need support covering the cost of basic needs essentials, for example, emergency money for food.

The application for Fall 2021 will open in August. If you are enrolled in the summer term and would like to request basic needs emergency funds please email

Basic Needs Emergency Funds support the success and retention of students who are experiencing an emergency that this jeopardizing their ability to meet their basic needs, for example experiencing barriers to obtaining food. These emergency dollars are small one-time funds distributed via gift cards.

If you need crisis funds in the form of a check, we encourage you to consider applying to the HOPE Crisis Fund

To be eligible for Basic Needs Emergency Funds you:

  • Must be an SF State student enrolled in the current term
  • Are experiencing a crisis that is jeopardizing your ability to meet your basic needs
  •  Must have actively explored other resources and solutions prior to applying

Because students are eligible for funds once, we encourage you to explore all other basic needs resources before applying for funds.

Additionally, we encourage you to consider accepting all financial aid that has been offered to you, for example, all grants and student loans. You can find your financial aid information in your Gateway Student Center or you can reach out to the Financial Aid office for support.

The application for Fall 2021 will open in August. If you are enrolled in the summer term and need support please email

After you submit a request you can expect a response within 3-5 business days. Our goal is to provide funds within 1 week after you submit your application. During peak request times response times may vary.

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