Financial Crisis Response Team
The UCSB Financial Crisis Response Team exists to assist students who are facing a financial crisis or urgent financial need. Our team assists undergraduate and graduate students who are facing significant financial difficulties that jeopardize their path to graduation through emergency funding and resource connection. We work closely to evaluate, respond, and support students in crisis in a streamlined and timely manner.
For more information, please see the Financial Crisis Response Team Guide
Student Needs Advising Center (SNAC)
The Student Needs Advising Center, also called the Food Security and Basic Needs Advising Center, is a connection point for students to the basic needs resources both on and off-campus. Basic Needs Advocates are ready to assist students with all aspects of basic needs concerns, including (but not limited to) food, finances, and housing. Students who are interested in applying for CalFresh, can also make an appointment to speak with a CalFresh Advisor, who can help answer questions about the process.
The Student Needs Advising Center (SNAC) is located in the University Center, right next to Jamba Juice and across from the campus bookstore.
For more information or to speak with someone directly, visit the Food For All website.
Student Medical Emergency Relief Fund (SMERF)
The Jack Canfield Student Medical Emergency Relief Fund (SMERF) provides grants to students with expenses related to medical, dental, psychological, and optical emergencies. For the purpose of this fund, a medical emergency is a condition, injury, or illness that poses a risk to a person’s life, long-term health, or well-being and requires timely intervention. Prescription or medical care costs related to on-going, non-emergency conditions are not covered.
Visit the SMERF website for eligibility requirements and more information.
UCSB Graduate Student Association (GSA) Emergency Relief Grant
The GSA Emergency Relief Grant was approved by the UCSB graduate student body in 2011 and is designed to help graduate students who are experiencing sudden financial distress due to unforeseen circumstances. Examples of this type of hardship may include but are not limited to, the loss of an immediate family member, medical emergency, or an unexpected loss of employment.
For eligibility requirements and more information, visit the UCSB GSA Website.
Associated Students/Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Grants
The AS/EOP Grant funds are to be used to meet unusual educationally-related expenses that are incurred by regularly enrolled student members of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). To be eligible, a student must be an EOP member, enrolled at least half time, have need-based aid, and have had at least 50% of the subsidized loan disbursed. EOP follows the by-laws of the Associated Students of UCSB in this process.
If you are interested in applying for the AS/EOP Grant, speak with an EOP counselor or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit the AS/EOP Grants.
Campus Medical Care Assistance Fund
The Campus Medical Care Assistance Fund (CMCAF) was established to provide financial assistance, in the form of a grant, to UC SHIP students and enrolled dependents who are experiencing significant out-of-pocket medical expenses due to an unforeseen medical emergency. Grants may be requested for $500 up to the student’s campus in-network individual out-of-pocket maximum ($6,600).
Visit the Student Health website for more information: