Student Basic Needs: $20 Million

​The CSU requests $20 million to sustain and expand its Basic Needs initiatives in support of Graduation Initiative 2025. ​Following a landmark research project into the prevalence of food and housing insecurity among CSU students, the Chancellor’s Office launched a systemwide initiative in 2015 to provide a framework for all 23 campuses that guides a more coordinated approach to developing basic needs programs and services. These strategies are intended to support students experiencing food and housing insecurities, unanticipated financial distress, mental health concerns and overall health and safety challenges that could disrupt their timely pathways to degree. While the CSU’s primary mission is educational in nature, the CSU recognizes that students cannot be fully engaged in, or out of, the classroom if they are preoccupied with hunger, housing insecurity, personal safety, mental and physical health, transportation, technology/ broadband or childcare to attend educational and employment responsibilities. As such, leaders across all 23 campuses have committed to enhancing and developing resources consistent with the CSU academic mission to reduce the negative impact of these basic needs gaps on student retention and graduation. From a recently completed fall 2021 survey, campuses are investing $140.5 million from all funding sources on basic needs support and services to students. That is a substantial increase over the fall 2020 total of $92 million.