Get Assistance

SJSU Cares is here to provide assistance when you need it most. We provide resources and services for SJSU students facing an unforseen financial crisis. If you’re having trouble paying for food, housing or other bills, face homelesness, food insecurity, etc.

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2019-2020 Summary Stats

View highlights in our expanded report giving a deeper understanding of the programs of SJSU Cares in this last academic year.

COVID-19 Related Off-Campus Resources

We've assembled some off-campus self-help resources [PDF] to assist with basic needs in a time where some SJSU students might be looking for additional support.

SJSU Cares Student Crisis Support Fund

If you know someone who would like to contribute to the SJSU Cares Student Crisis Support Fund, please have them donate.

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Weekly Drop-In Hours

Are you homeless or at risk of becoming homeless soon?  
Currently enrolled & living in an unsafe environment and have nowhere else to go?
You may be eligible for the Rapid Rehousing, a housing assistance program in partnership with the Bill Wilson Center.

Complete a Request for Assistance and consider using our drop-in hours  every Wednesday from 10AM-12PM via Zoom

Spartan Food Pantry

Spartan Food Pantry

No student should ever go hungry. This full service walk-in pantry offers perishable goods, fresh produce, and refrigerated goods at SJSU.



Get help applying for CalFresh, which provides a monthly cash supplement loaded onto a debit card to use for buying groceries.

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Swipe Out Hunger

Learn how you can donate unused meals from your campus meal plan to help other students. 

SJSU President Mary Papazian

“No discussion of student success is complete without addressing the basic needs of our students. As I know you are all aware there continues to be challenges facing our region as well as our nation as a whole around affordable housing and the high cost of living" — Spring State of the University Address, 04.08.2019 

Give Assistance

You can help support SJSU Cares by donating food and toiletries, donating money, volunteering your time, or helping spread the word by giving a presentation.

Workshop from CAPS & SJSU Cares

Let's Talk

Getting Down to Basics: Opening the doors to assistance

Feeling overwhelmed with your ability to pay for housing, food, or other basic needs? This new workshop by SJSU Cares & Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) is 3PM Thursdays starting 10.08.2020 - 12.03.2020.  Register now at

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100 Days Challenge brings additional support for homelessness

While SJSU Cares has worked with the Bill Wilson Center (BWC) in the past  our joint 100 Days Challenge in collaboration with Santa Clara County organizations positioned the BWC to make a greater impact to reduce homelessness. During the time of the Challenge the county helped house or keep housed 134 college-engaged youth.  If you need assistance, the help is still out there. 

Request for Assistance Form

Get assistance for someone in need

Get assistance for someone in need

Whether you need financial assistance yourself or are concerned about a friend or student, please submit a Request for Assistance [form] from SJSU Cares.

Request for Assistance Form

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Photo courtesy of the Fire Weather Research Lab

Emergency assistance

SJSU Cares also provides help after natural disasters and other emergency situations, from floods and fires to burglaries and break-ins.

Request for Assistance Form

Case Manager

How can a Case Manager help?

A Case Manager will meet with you (either in person or over the phone) to understand the circumstances surrounding your financial crisis—and then work directly with you to find resources on campus or in the community to help you succeed.

Case Management