HOPE Crisis Fund


HOPE Response Team

HOPE connects SF State students experiencing a financial crisis, that could potentially derail their educational success, with resources, referrals and solution pathways. HOPE’s goals is to help students overcome an unexpected financial crisis and remain on track to graduate. 

HOPE is a collaboration between the Dean of Students Office, Financial Aid and Food+Shelter +Success, SF State’s Basic Needs Initiative.


What does HOPE provide?

HOPE provides support based off a student’s individual needs. Common support includes:

  • One-time emergency funding

  •  Referrals to on-and-off campus departments, programs and resources

  •  Support navigating University barriers

Please note HOPE emergency funding provides small, one-time awards.

Am I eligible to for HOPE support?

We encourage all SF State students in need to reach out to for support.

Basic eligibility requirements for most services include:

  • A student must be enrolled at SF State University in the current, or upcoming semester

  • A student must be experiencing an unexpected financial crisis, that has the potential to derail their educational opportunities

  • A student must explore other forms of support or resolution prior to requesting HOPE support

  • Other eligibility requirements may apply

Though not all applicants will qualify for emergency funding, the HOPE Response Team will work to ensure students are connected with meaningful resources.

How do I request support from the HOPE Response Team?

SF State students can request financial crisis support by submitting a request form.

BUTTON : HOPE Request for Support

How long will it take to hear back after I submit my request?

HOPE requests are reviewed every Tuesday, in the order receive.  Please submit your request by 5 pm on Monday to ensure it is reviewed that week.  

The HOPE Team will make every effort to response to students a timely manner.

If you are experiencing a crisis that needs immediate attention, for example you do not have a safe space to sleep tonight, please email basicneeds@sfsu.edu .