Student Emergency Basic Needs Intervention Program

Supporting Students at SSU

The SSU Student Emergency Basic Needs Intervention Program is a comprehensive program that identifies and immediately serves some of SSU's most at-risk students, which include our displaced students, food insecure students, and students experiencing an emergency or crisis.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be an enrolled SSU student
  • Be able to demonstrate an urgent financial need (supporting documentation helpful where appropriate)
  • Must have exhausted all sources of financial assistance and aid


  • Displacement: Living in your car; Temporarily staying with friends or family; Living on the street
  • Medical expense due to hospitalization or severe illness
  • Car accident: Car repairs/Loss of transportation
  • Experiencing food insecurity

Program Services

Food IconFood Assistance Program

The Food Assistance Program provides students that are food insecure and/or experiencing a student emergency access to food in a variety of ways, according to their needs.


Housing IconShort-Term Emergency Housing Program

The short-term emergency housing program provides displaced students access to temporary on-campus housing in the residence halls to ensure the student's safety and well-being while they acquire permanent and secure housing.


Money IconStudent Emergency Grant

Students who have been involved in an unforeseen emergency, crisis, or catastrophic event may apply for the Student Emergency Grant. Please be aware that you must have exhausted all available Financial Aid assistance, including grants and loans, to be eligible for an emergency grant. We can help you figure this out during the application process.


Application Process

Application Form

Students with urgent needs may submit this online applicationRequests will be reviewed by a campus committee and the applicant will be contacted for more information, if needed, and to advise on next steps.



Other Resources

Please visit the Basic Needs webpage and our COVID-19 Resources webpages for a list of other available resources. 

Support this Program

Donations to the Student Basic Needs and Emergency Care Fund will provide grants to support SSU students through on-going basic needs and emergency situations that may deter them from continuing or completing their degree. Student basic needs may include but are not limited to: housing, food insecurity and emergency care to help students persist and graduate.

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