Students' Basic Needs

Students' Basic Needs

The cost of living in Sacramento has rapidly escalated on the heels of the pandemic, which has created an unprecedented weight for students to carry – but they are not alone. With a gift today, you can ensure our students have access to critical support for basic needs, undue financial burden, mental health crises, and more. 

Let’s support each other and help everyone rise above the many challenges we are facing. Below are some funds that will better equip Sacramento State to support our students and our future. 

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.



To give by mail, make checks payable to: The University Foundation at Sacramento State. Please use the mailing address:

Sacramento State | Development Office | 6000 J Street MS 6030 | Sacramento | CA | 95819


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