The process of learning how to successfully manage financial expenses. Money plays a critical role in our lives and not having enough of it impacts health as well as academic performance. Financial stress is repeatedly found to be a common source of stress, anxiety and fear for college students.
On this page, you'll find resources for:
- Emergency Basic Needs Grant
These grants are for students with financial hardships caused by job loss, accidents, homelessness, and other unexpected living expenses. Funds are awarded to students with financial need based on review of submitted documentation and information provided on either the California Dream Application or the FAFSA.
Please submit a Basic Needs Assistance Form to apply.
- UC Davis Financial Aid Economic Crisis Team
- Drop-in at the Financial Aid Office, 1100 Dutton Hall, for economic crisis services.
- Visit Financial Aid’s Economic Crisis web page. This page offers resources for immediate financial assistance from UC Davis, the City of Davis, Yolo County and federal programs.
- Request assistance online by emailing the Economic Crisis Team [email@example.com]. Expect a response within 24–48 hours, Monday–Friday.
- Aggies Helping Aggies Awards AHA offers two awards, Student Emergency Relief Aid and UC Davis Cap & Gown Award.
- UC Davis Health Equity Fund has grants available to all students who are experiencing significant out of pocket expenses related to accessing physical and mental health care. Grants may be requested for expenses that total at least $50.
- UC Davis Student Parent Child Care Funding Program consists of two grants, the Graduate Student Child Care Grant and the Community Based Care Grant. Both are designed to partially defray student families' child care expenses.
- Undergrads ASUCD Legal Services
- Legal consultations, 30 minute appointments.
- Must be registered/enrolled as an undergraduate student.
- For appointment email ASUCD Head Quarters firstname.lastname@example.org, ASUCD will email back with available times.
- Subject: Schedule a legal appointment
- Body of email:
- Your contact information including email and phone number
- Nature of the problem – e.g. housing, vehicle accident, roommate
- Picture of UC Davis student ID
- Low Income Students Legal Services of Northern California
- Free legal services for low income folks around housing issues. Free representation to low income students.
- Call (530) 662-1065 or (916) 447-5798
- Graduate Students
- Legal counsel, Ava Landers, email for 15 minute consultation, email@example.com
- The City of Davis also provides resources for tenants with an emphasis on knowing your rights as a tenant. Items the City of Davis is now offering include:
- City of Davis Rental Resources Program
- Yolo Conflict Resolution Center provides free and low-cost mediation services for anyone including roommates, tenants, landlords, neighbors, etc.
- California Apartment Association COVID-19 Resources for Tenants has tips for communicating with the landlord, links to EDD and other financial assistance.
- CalFresh is a state program that can provide you up to $250 a month for groceries. Essentially it's a free debit card for groceries. The application process is easy and we can walk you through it, just make an appointment with our CalFresh Team.
- CalWin, submit an online application to see if you are eligible to receive help with household expenses, food and medical costs.
- Aggie Blue to Gold Financial Wellness Program - Aggie Blue to Gold Financial Wellness Program provides information and resources for all students, regarding student loans, budget management, financial advising and debt management.
- Yolo County Short Term Emergency Aid Committee - Food, utility, rental and job readiness help for residents of Yolo County with incomes at or below federal poverty level.
- Help with Bills, USA.gov - Learn about government programs to help pay bills and other expenses including benefits, grants and loans to help with food, rent, utilities, financial aid and more.
- Covered California
- Yolo 211 - 211 Yolo is the information hub for Yolo County, linking residents to vital health and human services, information and resources in the community.
- California's Low Cost Auto - CLCA is sponsored by the California Department of Insurance (CDI) and intended to help low-income households afford auto liability insurance on their vehicles in order to comply with the State’s minimum financial responsibly laws.