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Financial Empowerment & Basic Needs Support  

Do you want to learn more about budgeting and financial wellness? Do you need free groceries or help navigating a housing emergency? SparkPoint helps you secure your financial and basic needs so you can be your best self and thrive in school!

SparkPoint students can set up personalized financial coaching sessions to learn more about budgeting, credit, debt, and creative ways to expand your budget, like grabbing free groceries free groceries on campus and accessing public benefits.

What does SparkPoint offer?

SparkPoint offers free financial coaching to students! Schedule a one-on-one financial coaching appointment with our friendly SparkPoint Coordinator to: 

  • Set financial goals
  • Learn how to build a budget and track your spending
  • Increase your savings
  • Improve your credit
  • Reduce your debt

Students need a healthy variety of food to thrive in school. Students can pick up a box of FREE groceries on campus every week! In partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank, SparkPoint offers: 

  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Milk, cheese and eggs
  • Grains
  • Meat
  • Shelf items
  • Snacks
Students can pick up a box of FREE groceries on campus at SparkPoint Free Groceries
With the rising cost of expenses, students are facing difficulties balancing food, housing and school costs. To ensure students have the fuel they need while on campus, SparkPoint offers hot meals at Terrace Grill to qualifying students.
In partnership with VITA, SparkPoint offers offer free basic tax return preparation to qualified students. If you need tax prep help schedule a one-on-one tax prep appointment with our friendly SparkPoint Coordinator.

CalFresh provides FREE grocery money to qualified applicants every month. Book a CalFresh appointment to see if you qualify and to start your application!

Do you need help getting health insurance? Book a Covered California appointment to explore Covered California options.

Are you a CSM student experiencing a housing crisis?

For short-term emergency shelter please submit an SMCCCD Housing Support and Short-Term Hotel Referral Form and our team will work with  you to explore emergency housing options.  

For emergency rent support please email


Day Time Modality
Mon-Thu 9 am - 5 pm In Person
Fri 9 am - 5 pm Virtual