Financial Support

Attention, graduating seniors: The application deadline is on May 10, 2024, at 5:00PM

Toro CARE Grant

The Toro CARE grant provides assistance to students who are struggling with a personal crisis or an unforeseen situation. Qualified students are rendered assistance in the form of single, one-time awards. The Toro CARE funding is not intended to provide ongoing relief for recurring expenses, and awards are not loans that students are expected to repay. The value of the award will range in response to the needs of the student and the availability of funding. Typical awards range up to $1,000 per student. Students may not receive more than one award unless there are extenuating circumstances.


  • Be an enrolled student during the current academic year. Open University students are not eligible.
  • Be able to demonstrate urgent financial need with supporting documentation.
  • Remain committed to working on an action plan with a staff member.
  • Experience an unforeseen emergency/crisis that impacts student success such as:
    • Travel/transportation/commuting expenses
    • Homelessness and needing help paying for a one-time housing fee, deposit, or rent
    • Books or other essential academic belongings being stolen
    • Suddenly losing childcare and inability to continue attending school
    • Problems affording basic needs such as food, housing, hygiene, etc.
    • Being a victim of a crime and being impacted financially
    • Other personal emergencies

If you are a recipient of the Middle Class Scholarship (MCS), a CARE coordinator will ask you to speak to Financial Aid, as the Toro CARE Grant may affect your financial aid.

Review Process

  • Once submitted, you'll receive a confirmation message.
  • Your application will be assigned to a CARE coordinator who will reach out to schedule a 20-30 minute intake meeting. This meeting allows us to be more familiar with your situation and collect any additional info.
  • Most students are required to submit verification documents to their assigned coordinator with Toro ID # (ex. 012345678).
  • Following your intake meeting, you will be contacted via email about the status of your grant application.
  • The process can take up to 1-2 weeks after documents have been submitted and you've met with a CARE coordinator.

Questions about your application status? Please contact the CARE coordinator you met with.


Am I eligible for the Toro CARE Grant if I am not enrolled in the current term/semester?

No. Students are only eligible to apply for the term they are currently enrolled in.

Summer 2023: If you are not enrolled in the summer term, you are not eligible for the basic needs grant. If you would like to speak with a coordinator regarding eligibility, please contact the Toro CARE team.

Are international students eligible to apply?


Are undocumented students eligible to apply?


How is the Toro CARE Grant disbursed?

Grants are awarded through Financial Aid. Once Financial Aid disburses your Toro CARE Grant, you should receive your funds within a few business days if you are enrolled in direct deposit with Financial Aid (depending on your bank, it could be sooner or later). If you are not enrolled in direct deposit, a check will be mailed to the address you have on file on MyCSUDH portal. We encourage students to enroll in direct deposit with Student Financial Services.

Who do I contact with questions or to get an update on my grant status?

Please contact the Toro CARE team.