Emergency Financial and Housing Assistance
Cal State LA offers financial and housing assistance to students who are facing an emergency situation or crisis. This would include serious, unexpected circumstances beyond the student’s control (e.g., death in family, accident, fire, sudden loss of housing or job, medical crisis, etc.), which directly affect the student's ability to continue and be successful in school.
Cal State LA Basic Needs Grant
Cal State LA's Basic Needs Grant Program (formerly Emergency Grant Program) allows for students who are experiencing financial crisis due to recent, serious, unexpected circumstances beyond their control to apply for up to $500 in financial hardship support funding per school year. Funding for basic needs grants is limited so priority will be given to students determined to be in the greatest need. Applicants are required to provide documentation/verification of their emergency circumstances. A review of applicants' financial aid awards may be part of exploring resources available to applicants and determining equitable response to the applications received.
Students must be currently enrolled in at least 3 units, and be enrolled in a Bachelor's or graduate degree program, or a Credential program, to be eligible to apply.
There is a high volume of applications being received – the Basic Needs Grant review team is reviewing applications as quickly as possible – we request your patience.
For more information about the Basic Needs Grant and to Apply
Student Financial Services offers a 30-day loan of up to $250 to assist students with unexpected financial needs. Click the button below for more information about emergency loans.
Off-Campus Housing Subsidy Program
This program is designed to support students experiencing housing insecurity with one time funding to live in off-campus housing. These resources should support students who wish to persist with their enrollment at the university but may experience financial challenges in securing their own housing or who would otherwise require substantial loans to pay for housing. Please only apply if you meet the following. This is a limited Basic Needs resource for Cal State LA students.
- Currently not residing in any property associated with University housing
- Must be currently enrolled, full-time (12 units undergraduates/ 8 graduate)
- Experiencing a crisis that inhibits ability to pay for housing related expenses
- Be in good standing with respect to Student Conduct
- Priority will be given to students who meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
The subsidy amount will depend on a review of a students' financial aid package. Students can still apply if they did not submit a FAFSA or CA Dream Act application.
Accepting applications until March 17, 2023
Emergency Housing Assistance
The Cal State LA Emergency Housing Program is a transitional option that provides up to 14 days stay in campus housing for students who are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity. For more information and to apply for emergency housing, click the button below.