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.

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This page is designed to meet the basic needs of our students and the guidelines set forth by California Assembly Bill 2881/66027.81. Please contact our Basic Needs Center if any corrections, edits or updates are needed on this page.

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Financial Support  

Visit Financial Aid to learn about other financial support options, as well as financial aid forms and resources

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Food Assistance

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

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Health and Wellness  

  • 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. 
  • Counseling: Our counselors can help guide and support you through your educational experience. We offer career and academic planning, plus short-term personal counseling.
  • Behavioral Intervention CARE Team: Our CARE Team provides coordinated support for students in distress and takes a proactive approach to address students’ concerns, including personal issues, academic progress and mental health.
  • Free access to mental health care: Sierra College students have FREE, 24/7 access to virtual care services with TimelyCare — the virtual health and well-being platform from TimelyMD, designed for college students. Students do not need insurance to access TimelyCare services.
  • Hygiene Products: The Food Pantry offers menstrual supplies and hygiene products in addition to stocking non-perishable food.
  • Free menstrual products (tampons and pads) can be found in all women and gender-neutral restrooms at our Rocklin, Nevada County and Tahoe-Truckee campuses.
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  • Residence Hall: Rocklin Campus offers on-campus, student housing. Several spaces are open each year in the Residence Hall for unhoused or emergency situations involving students who need housing. 
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Jobs and Employment

  • Career and Transfer Connections: Our Career and Transfer Connection team provides resources and guidance to help students research careers, gain work experience, earn credit for internships and hone their professional development skills.
  • CalWORKS: CalWORKS helps students meet their Welfare-to-Work requirements. The program offers academic, personal and career counseling, educational expense cards, employment opportunities, financial grants, priority registration and loaner laptops and calculators.
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Student-Parent Support

Sierra College provides support and resources for student-parents of children who are 18 years old and younger, and for students who are pregnant or expecting a child. For assistance and referrals, please contact our Basic Needs Center.

  • Family-friendly study room (Rocklin Campus, LR Building, Room 216): The room is equipped for students with children and can be reserved by any Sierra College student.
  • Lactation spaces and interactive campus maps: Sierra College offers lactation facilities at all four locations.
  • Pregnancy and parenting rights: Federal law under Title IX prohibits schools, like Sierra College, from discriminating against students because of pregnancy, childbirth, abortion, or recovery from these. You have the right to an equal education, including participating in class and having pregnancy-related absences excused.
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Student Tech  

  • Student Tech Support: If you need help learning how to access and use Sierra College-related technology, our Student Tech Support team can help. 
  • CalWORKS: CalWORKS helps students meet their Welfare-to-Work requirements, and offers loaner laptops and calculators to eligible students. 
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    • Bus Services: If you’re looking for ways to save money on your commute, consider using public transportation.
    • Discounted Rides with Uber Vouchers  
      Sierra College now offers students discounted Uber rides to promote safe and responsible late-night transportation decisions to and from all Sierra College campuses and locations (Rocklin, Roseville, NCC, Tahoe-Truckee). 
    • Transportation Assistance
      If you need help with transportation to and from Sierra College, we offer additional transportation and support to assist students on a case-by-case basis. 

Community Resources

Get in Touch

Basic Needs Center


Building K, Room 1

Fall/Spring: M-Th, 9am-4pm, F: 9am-12pm;

Summer: M-Th, 9am-4pm, F: Closed

Closed holidays and weekends