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Our goal is to address emergency situations, remove financial barriers, and to provide resources so that every student can make academic progress and ultimately graduate from UC Santa Cruz. 

  • Our Vision.  The Dean of Students Office envisions a university where every student has limitless opportunities and support to reach their highest goals for themselves and society. 
  • Students need help to be successful.  The Student Emergency Fund is a vital resource for students experiencing major life events that threaten their academic progress.  The Student Emergency Fund helps students bridge financial gaps during periods of distress, such as food insecurity, unpaid medical bills, familial issues, loss of family income, or self-funded students who need money for food or rent.
  • How it works. The Student Emergency Fund is administered by Slug Support, a program of the Dean of Students Office. A trained Slug Support Case Manager provides personalized consultation with a long-term goal of stabilizing the student. The fund helps alleviate financial stressors that are obstacles to student academic progress.  The fund is used to provide students with grocery or campus meal cards, emergency housing, mental health support, books and school supplies.  The UCSC Slug Support program serves about 2,000 students per year; the key outcome is to retain students during difficult times and move them toward graduation.  UCSC Slug Support creates significant good will consistent with UCSC’s principles of community and service.
  • Join us in expanding the Slug family.  We invite you to partner with us to ensure that every student graduates from UCSC.
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