Student Essential Support

Whether you are a new student or a returning student, you will find basic needs services, employment & education services and financial services supports available to ensure you are supported and successful during your educational journey.

Basic Needs Services

Access to students essential need supports such as food, housing, wellness, student parent resources, transportation and academic supports.


  1. Apply online through
  2. Connect with a representative through the Virtual Counter link below for CalFresh support - Every Wednesday, 11am - 2pm (Please visit our Virtual Counter to Register) 
  3. Meet with a SparkPoint CCSF, Basic Needs Center representative for County Benefits support in Science Hall 127 or visit our Virtual Counter (Mondays 9-11am/Tuesdays 3-5pm) Meeting ID: 830 3729 4783



  • Student Health Services
    • Medical/Nursing Services
    • Mental Health Services
    • Family Pact
    • Workshops/Groups
  • SF Human Services Agency
  • Balboa Teen Health Center
    • Location:
      Balboa High School
      1000 Cayuga Avenue, Room 156
      San Francisco, CA 94112
      Phone Number: 415-469-4512

    • Serves: Youth, ages 12-25

    • Services:

      • Birth control
      • Sexually transmitted disease (STD) and HIV testing and treatment
      • PEP and PrEP
      • Primary care
      • Urgent care
      • Mental health and/or substance abuse counseling
  • Mental Health Association of San Francisco

Essential Services in San Francisco

Student Parent Resources


Academic Support


Employment and Education Services

Access to employment support which include Career Services, Student Employment, Handshake and Work Experience.  Additional educational supports provided by the Career Development Center offering career counseling, support for undecided students, preparation for jobs, internships, resumes, interviews and career exploration.

Career Services Office

  • We offer workshops (resumes, LinkedIn, etc.), one-on-one coaching, industry research/exploration, career panels, worksite tours, networking events, career fairs, informational interviews, mock interviews, job/internship placement. Everything you need to help you land your next job. 

Office of Student Employment

  • If you need help paying for college or just want to work part-time on campus the Office of Student Employment has paid job opportunities with CCSF departments. Find a job in your academic area or just find something that works with your schedule


  • Handshake is CCSF’s employer engagement platform where you can network with employers and other students, explore the companies in your industry, and check out jobs and internships they post specifically for college students. 

Work Experience

  • Work Experience courses help you earn credit for working or interning. 

Career Development Center

  • Career Counseling Services 
  • ​​​​Counseling undecided students about educational majors or career paths  
  • Prepare you for job or internship planning
  • Resume and Interviewing counseling Job or Internship Search Assistance  
  • Career Exploration Online  

Business, Management, and Entrepreneurship

SF Human Services Agency

There are 3 ways to apply for JobsNOW (all of which are listed at the bottom of the job seeker page):

  1. Call the JN hotline at 877-562-1669
  2. Email us at
  3. Or submit an “interest form” 


Financial Services

Access to financial support such as financial aid, debt counseling, financial literacy, emergency funds, scholarship opportunities and legal consultation services.

Financial Aid Office

  • FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application 
  • Debt Counseling 
  • Financial Literacy Resources 
  • Student Emergency Fund Application (SEFA) - One-time emergency funding (up to $500). It is a limited emergency grant. 

Scholarships Office

  • Full-time Incentive Grant (FTIG) - $500 (may be eligible up to four terms) Grant availability based on AB19 funding.

Legal Consultation

Tax Help 

S.F. Human Services Agency

United Way Bay Area

Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)

These free tax help services support families with applying for The California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) and The Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC).