Basic Needs Resources

Let Us Help You Get Your Basic Needs Met

Our mission at Sierra College is to help connect you with resources to meet your basic needs so you can focus your energy on your education with fewer worries.

We offer the following resources:

Financial Support  

  • Student Assistance Funds/Emergency Aid. If you’ve had a verifiable unexpected emergency event, such as an eviction, utility shut-off notice, unexpected small car repairs, book costs, etc., (and these are only examples), apply for emergency financial help. Every request is handled individually and processed as quickly as possible. 

 Visit Financial Aid to learn about other financial support options.  

Food Assistance 

 Learn how to access free and discounted food on- and off-campus.   

  • CalFresh. Most students may qualify for CalFresh. To see if you qualify, complete the CalFresh application. If you have any questions, please contact Sienna Anaya at Placer Food Bank at (916) 738-0481 ext. 112 or

  • Food Pantry at Sierra College is open to all spring 2022 enrolled students experiencing food insecurity regardless of income. The Food Pantry stocks non-perishable items such as cereal, canned goods, pasta, peanut butter, etc. Learn more about the Food Pantry.

  • Wolverine Meal Deal is open to all Spring 2022 enrolled students. One voucher per enrolled student per week can be used at the Cafeteria/Wolverine Grill. You can pick up a voucher in the Campus Life Office (J-7) on the Rocklin Campus. Learn more about the Wolverine Meal Deal. 

  • Community Food Assistance Resources

    • Find food resources available in your area, including emergency food, food delivery, food pantries, and help paying for food.
    • Community Food Resources. Find a list of food distribution agencies, free farmers markets and food banks in your local area. 

Health and Wellness  

  • Food Pantry at Sierra College is open to all spring 2022 enrolled students regardless of income. In addition to stocking non-perishable food products, it also stocks Women's wellness products (liners, pads, and tampons), toothbrushes/toothpaste, deodorant, and other hygiene products. Learn more about the Food Pantry.

  • Student Health Services. As part of your tuition fees, we offer all students free or low-cost medical services provided by a nurse practitioner. Services include family planning/birth control, counseling, illness diagnosis/treatment, lab tests, health screenings, prescriptions, and Well Woman exams. Learn more about our health services.

  • Community Health and Wellness Resources
    • Find health and wellness resources available in your area, including dental care, help paying for health care, medical care, mental health care, sexual and reproductive health, and vision care.

    • Mental Health Resources. If you are experiencing a crisis or life-threatening emergency, call 911. Otherwise, use the Mental Health Resources list to find mental health support on- and off-campus.  

    • Nevada County Health and Human Services. Learn about health services, emergency services and other offerings in Nevada County.

    • Placer County Health and Human Services. Learn more about in-home support services, Medi-cal, mental health, public health and other offerings in Placer County. 


  • Residence Hall. Rocklin Campus offers on-campus, dorm-style living. Several spaces are open each year in the Residence Hall for unhoused or emergency situations involving students who need housing. 

  • Community Housing Resources. If you need help finding housing, we partner with local non-profit organizations and county agencies that support temporary and long-term housing for students, including: 

    • Find housing information, including help paying for housing, housing advice, maintenance and repairs, residential housing, and temporary shelter.

    • Placer Housing Programs: Learn more about transitional and permanent supportive housing available.

    • Placer Housing and Homelessness: Learn more about Placer County's housing and homelessness programs, including emergency shelter, rapid re-housing, permanent supportive housing and housing vouchers.

Laptops, Wi-Fi/Hotspots, Technology  


  • Bus Services. If you’re looking for ways to save money on your commute, consider using public transportation. 
  • Transportation Assistance. If you need help with transportation to and from Sierra College, we offer transportation discounts and support to assist students on a case-by-case basis.