Basic Needs

Grossmont College is committed to providing an educational environment that fosters compassion and respect, welcomes diversity and supports students in various circumstances (including students experiencing housing and food insecurities).  To accomplish this, the college has created support programs and resources that assist our students in meeting their basic needs and promoting their academic success.



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Susan Berry - Student Engagement Coordinator








The following are some of the services our team facilitates (links to these services can be found in 'Resources'):


Checkmark icon Child Care
Checkmark icon Financial Assistance
Checkmark icon Food & Housing 
Checkmark icon Health Services
Checkmark icon Mental Health Counseling
Checkmark icon Campus Showering Facilities
Checkmark icon Transportation & Parking Passes
Checkmark icon Textbooks & Technology
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Get the support you need when life takes an unexpected turn


Emergency Assistance Program

Funded by the Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Community Colleges, our local Community Partners and Donors, whose mission is to assist our students in times of unexpected hardship to ensure that they can stay enrolled and meet their education goals.


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Emergency Housing 

Students in emergency situations may be eligible for our emergency housing services through the Grossmont College Basic Needs Office. Our services range from either emergency or transitional housing options. Emergency housing situations are often those consisting of safety concerns, unforeseen housing displacements, and other crisis situations. These resources exist to support students in emergency situations only and are triaged through a needs-based assessment.


Services are differentiated through the following categories:


Emergency/Temporary: indicates that a student is in immediate need of housing due to a crisis situation & does not have a secure long-term housing plan


Transitional: indicates that a student is in between housing accommodations and needs short-term support until their long-term plan can be ready



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Emergency Housing


 Emergency housing is short-term (30 day maximum stay) for students facing imminent loss of housing or currently unhoused. Eligibility, length of stay, and location placement is determined upon assessment of emergency housing needs.


Purpose: Support students in emergency housing situations only and comprehensively support them towards a more stable housing plan.


Emergency housing situations are often those consisting of:

Safety concerns

Unforeseen housing displacements

Staying/Sleeping in a car or public place

Other crisis situations


Transitional Housing


Transitional housing is short-term (14-day maximum stay) for students facing imminent or expected housing displacement. Eligibility, length of stay, and type of service is determined upon a needs-based assessment.


Purpose: Support students who are in between accommodations only


Transitional housing situations are often those consisting of:

in-between leases

in between moves

unexpected displacement


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Need Emergency Housing Support?


Complete a Basic Needs Assessment Form online and Basic Needs staff will get back to you as soon as possible (no later than 2 business days)


Emergency Housing referrals are reviewed daily. If eligible activations are not guaranteed for a same-day stay, however are addressed with timely care.


Due to a high volume of students seeking emergency housing, please understand we are unable to house a student long term. And we do give priority to students based on enrollment status as well as other factors.


We will do our best to assist students with emergency housing but we can’t guarantee. We do work with several agencies in the San Diego Area to help assist students in finding a permanent solution


Enrollment will be verified and we can only assist CURRENT Grossmont College Students (If you attending Cuyamaca College, Please reach out to their CARE program team)


Students who are offered temporary transitional/ emergency housing will be required to sign a form that they will adhere to the college’s student conduct code







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Financial Aid

Get the financial aid you need to earn a degree, certificate, or important job skills 


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Financial Wellness

Providing students with the tools and resources to learn about money management and to make informed decisions regarding their financial wellness. 


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A grant is a gift that does not need to be paid back.


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Scholarships are financial aid awards designed to help students pay for an undergraduate degree.


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State of California Unemployment

Find the latest data on claims filed, benefits paid, and more.


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The Accessibility Resource Center, ARC, offers academic accommodations, disability management, and support services for students with disabilities and learning differences.

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Offers counseling and support services
such as internships, job search, employment preparation, and childcare
assistance for students currently receiving
TANF/CASH AID benefits.


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Career Center

Get help choosing a major, make career decisions, developing an educational plan and more


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Child Care

Child Development Center


Provides care and education of young children while their parents attend school or are employed by Grossmont College

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Provides academic, career and personal counseling


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Dream Center 

The Dream Center is safe space that offers a support system for undocumented students and their families. 


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Extended Opportunities Program Services (EOPS) assists students who are identified as economically and educationally disadvantaged. Eligible students are provided with a wide range of support services to foster success.


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Financial Aid

Get the financial aid you need to earn a degree, certificate, or important job skills 


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Gizmo's Kitchen

Gizmo’s Kitchen is a ‘grab and go’ student food pantry that supports students by providing pre-packaged items suitable for an on-campus lunch or meal. Student toiletry items are also available.


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Provides support for foster youth as they transition to independent living. Program can provide specialized academic, career and personal counseling; book vouchers; grant money and more.


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Health and Wellness Center

The Health and Wellness Center is open by appointment only.  Please call 619-644-7192 to schedule an appointment.


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Lactation Room

Available to Grossmont College students, faculty and staff.


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Mental Health Services

Supporting emotional wellness so students can achieve their academic goals. Counselors help students cope with grief, loss, anxiety, stress & more.


Website icon Mental Health Services Website




Shower Facilities

Shower facilities are available to any student who is enrolled in a minimum of 1-unit. Student must be in good standing with the college.


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Success Coaches

Success Coaches are approachable facilitators who connects students with the right resources to be successful in your academic journey.

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Improve your skills and build confidence by working with a specialized tutor.  


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Work Study

The Work Study programs give students the opportunity to earn part or all of their financial need by working on campus or off campus in community service positions while they are in school. 


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  • Zero Textbook Costs (ZTC) means that there is no cost for required textbooks, workbooks, lab manuals, readers, or specialized software like online homework systems. 
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Staff Advocates

Staff advocates are employees who have been designated as the initial points of contact for homeless youth. The goal of our Advocates is to ensure that homeless youth receive appropriate services and guidance to support their success in college.


Staff Advocates are responsible for understanding the provisions of the Higher Education Act pertaining to Financial Aid eligibility of current and prospective students, including unaccompanied homeless youth. They also identify and inform students of available and appropriate services (campus and community), including student Financial Aid and other assistance programs. 


Your Staff Advocates are:  


Email icon Susan Berry
Homeless Liaison
Phone icon 619-644-7236

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60-206 - Griffin Center

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Monday: 10:00am- 3:00pm

Tuesday - Thursday: 10:00am -4:00pm




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