Healthy food, stable housing, technology need, and more
Healthy food, stable housing, technology need, and more
Dear Student:
As the Fall quarter approaches the Food Security and Basic Needs Team would like to highlight a number of services and resources that can assist you in meeting your basic needs while attending UCSB.
Basic Needs Peer Advisors 
These peer advisors are student interns trained in all of the resources available on- and off-campus that can support students in accessing fresh and healthy food, safe and stable housing, technology needed for classes, and other basic needs. Our advocates can help students to identify what resources might be the best fit for their needs and guide them through applying for support. 
CalFresh is a federally-funded program where you might be able to secure up to $234 per month in grocery store benefits. If approved, you would receive an EBT card, which works much like a debit card through which you can receive funding for groceries. You can use the card at local grocery stores.  You can learn more about the program and see if you are eligible on our website. You can apply for CalFresh anytime in September if you are moving back in September. The UCSB CalFresh and Basic Needs Peer Advisors are available to help you to apply for CalFresh. 
Check out some upcoming event opportunities to learn more about CalFresh and other basic needs resources:
Basic Needs Tabling Fair
Basic Needs Tabling Fair.
Monday, September 20th of Welcome Week from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Arbor between the Library and Girvetz.
CalFresh Enrollment Party
CalFresh Enrollment Party
Attend to receive support in your Calfresh Application on Wednesday, September 29th at Corwin Pavilion 5 to 7 p.m.
Technology Resources
It is our goal to ensure that the technology needs of students are being met and that all students have access to a laptop and stable wifi connection. Students requesting any type of technology support should complete this Google form. Based on your responses, you will be paired with the resources that you are eligible for and that ideally meet your needs. To be considered, students must be currently enrolled and demonstrate financial need. Resources include:
  • Tech Support Grant: This is a need-based grant for $255 to support the purchase of a hotspot and wifi coverage for a 9-month period. Students are referred to the organization Human IT to request the hotspot device.
  • Chromebooks: We are able to issue Chromebooks at no cost for students, these will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis for students who meet the eligibility criteria.
  • Short Term Loaner Laptop: A Chromebook available for a loan period of 30 days maximum for students with a short term device need. This resource is available to currently enrolled students in the Santa Barbara area. 
  • Advanced Technology Grant: Students who are in need of an advanced laptop where a Chromebook is insufficient for their academic needs could receive a technology grant to assist with a more advanced laptop purchase. 
The Financial Crisis Response Team 
The 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 experiencing a Financial, Housing, Food or Technological related insecurity in a streamlined and timely manner. 
If you are experiencing a financial or housing crisis, please email the Financial Crisis Response Team (FCRT) at

We want all students to thrive in and out of the classroom, and we encourage you to use these resources. To learn more about additional basic needs resources at UCSB please visit
Margaret Klawunn 
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Rebecca Segundo
Basic Needs and Rapid Rehousing Manager
Saúl Quiroz
Director, Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
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