An Emergency Funds Grant, awarded through the CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) Student Basic Needs & Emergency Intervention Program, seeks to provide immediate financial assistance of up to $500 (lifetime maximum) for students who encounter temporary financial hardship due to unforeseen and catastrophic life events.

To be eligible for an Emergency Funds Grant, applicants must:

  • Be a currently enrolled and matriculated CSUCI student;
  • Be ‘current’ on all financial payments to the University (i.e. tuition, housing, etc.);
  • Have not have exhausted cost of attendance;
  • Have exhausted all sources of financial assistance and aid which includes grants and student loans; and
  • Be able to demonstrate an urgent and catastrophic event (supporting documentation required; e.g. car repair estimate, eviction notice, utility service bill, etc. - please do not provide documentation with potentially sensitive information, such as a medical invoice) has occurred within the past Academic Year.

Below are a few examples to assist you in determining if you may qualify for an Emergency Funds Grant. In order to assist the committee with determining your eligibility, in the most efficient and effective manner, please provide as much detailed information about your situation and your need for funding assistance.

Eligible for Emergency Grant (examples of unforeseen urgent and catastrophic events)

  • Severe illness or hospitalization (i.e. to assist with covering medical expenses)
  • Temporary inadequate housing (i.e. needing to leave your permanent residence due to an unforeseen event, not to include lack of a permanent residence)
  • Loss of fixed income (i.e. loss of primary financial support person, or loss of employment. If loss of employment is the reason for application, please ensure that all efforts have been taken to receive unemployment benefits prior to applying for the Grant)
  • Car accident or unforeseen related car expense (i.e. car repair expenses; does not include foreseen expenses related to owning a car, such as DMV renewal fees, etc.)

Not Eligible for Emergency Grant

  • If you are eligible to receive and have not exhausted your available financial aid, grants or student loans (must have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process)
  • If you have lost your job, but you are eligible to collect unemployment as a source of income (must provide documentation that you have been denied or the amount received is minimal and still leaves you in need)
  • Expected or planned expenses like:
    • Permanent Housing (i.e. expenses related to your student housing contract)
    • Tuition
    • DMV renewals
    • Utility bills

Requests for the above will only be considered if payments could not be made due to unforeseen/unexpected urgent and/or catastrophic events which has caused a redirection of resources.

Additionally, please do not request Grants in excess of $500 (the lifetime maximum for an applicant).

By applying for an Emergency Funds Grant, applicants acknowledge and accept the potential impact receiving such an award may have on the future financial aid allocation(s) they may receive through the University or by any other outside entity.

To apply for an Emergency Funds Grant, please provide the above information. All information provided will be used solely for the application process and will be treated as confidential.

Applying for an Emergency Funds Grant

By applying for an Emergency Funds Grant, applicants acknowledge the potential impact receiving such an award may have on the future financial aid allocation(s) they may receive through the University or by any other outside entity. Any questions regarding the potential impact receiving such an award may have on future aid allocations may be directed to the Financial Aid & Scholarships office at 805-437-8530.

Apply for an Emergency Funds Grant

For additional information, please contact the Vice President for Student Affairs office at 805-437-8536.