Basic Needs Emergency Fund

Fall 22 Update:

Emergency financial assistance can now be requested through the Basic Needs Assistance Form which is our single point of entry for student support. The Basic Needs Emergency Fund (formerly Basic Needs Holistic Fund) offers emergency financial assistance in the areas of rent, food, housing security deposit, and other emergency and safety needs to enrolled students who have exhausted their financial resources

What is the Basic Needs Emergency Fund?

The BNEF is a new iteration of the Basic Needs Holistic Fund that is better integrated with other Basic Needs Center services. Instead of an application, students submit a request for assistance through the Basic Needs Assistance Form. For these requests, emergency funding is one option among many resources students can qualify for.

The fund is a collaboration between the UCB Basic Needs Center, Financial Aid & Scholarships Office, Graduate Division, Graduate Assembly, and ASUC Student Advocate's Office. Through the Basic Needs Emergency Fund, the  Basic Needs Center offers emergency financial assistance in the areas of rent, food, housing security deposit and other emergency and safety needs  to enrolled students who have exhausted their financial resources.

Undergraduate, graduate, international, and undocumented students are eligible and welcome to apply.

What does the emergency fund include?

  1. Rental Assistance

  2. Food Assistance

  3. Housing Security Deposit*

  4. Other emergency and safety needs

Tuition and fees can not be covered by the emergency fund

*The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office will reach out to students who request support with a housing Security deposit to review their form submission and request additional information as part of an application to the Housing Security Deposit Fund.