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Cal Maritime Student Emergency Grant

The Student Emergency Grant supports students experiencing a financial emergency or unanticipated expenses, causing financial hardship. This program is designed to assist in situations where the emergency may impede academic progress, and for those who cannot reasonably resolve their financial difficulty through other resources. Emergency grants reimburse actual expenses and do not have to be repaid. Students apply through an online application and are awarded on a first-come, first served basis. 


  • Must have exhausted all financial aid options including student federal loans
  • Must be a full-time student enrolled in a degree program at Cal Maritime and be in good academic standing
  • Those with a GPA below 2.0 (CSUM and Cumulative) may appeal to be considered
  • Record of good conduct


Maximum of $500*. Students will be awarded at most one Emergency Grant per academic year.

Eligible expenses including but not limited to:

  • Travel home for illness or death in the immediate family
  • Homelessness due to loss of housing
  • Documented theft or damage of books and other essential academic belongings
  • Unrecoverable loss of transportation to and from school
  • Sudden loss of childcare to cover academic schedule period
  • Fire or theft, safety needs

Ineligible expenses:

  • Full or partial student tuition/fees
  • Legal representation
  • Parking tickets
  • Entertainment, recreation or other non-essential expenses
  • Financial challenges exclusively related to budgeting and limited income; must demonstrate one-time crisis

Application Process:

  1. Email completed application with documentation to deanofstudentsoffice@csum.edu
  2. Committee will review, please allow two to 5 business days for a decision. Applicants may be required to provide further documentation.
  3. Grant selection: The Cal Maritime Emergency Grant Committee (Dean of Students/designee, University Advising representative, Office of Financial Aid and other Administration & Finance representative) will review application and make their recommendation to the Vice President of Student Affairs.

The Division of Student Affairs in accordance with applicable University rules and policies administers this program. Funding for this Emergency Grant Program comes from the generous donations of alumni and friends of Cal Maritime.

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Dr. Kathleen McMahon

(707) 654-1168

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Kristen Tener

Kristen Tener


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 Kris Cranford

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Last updated: 8/27/20