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Basic Needs

Sun Devils take care of ourselves, each other and our community.

We understand that sometimes students may face challenges that impact fulfilling their basic needs.  We have support services and resources that will assist students with meeting these needs and help students thrive in their coursework and reach their educational goals. 

We at ASU recognize that there is no one answer for facing challenges and meeting basic needs within our campus community. However, through a combination of resources, programs and one-on-one support, together we explore the most optimal options for each student’s unique situation.

At ASU we are committed to your success and here to support you. Below you will find University and community resources to help support your basic needs. Should you not know where to start, the Dean of Students office at each location is always available as a place to begin getting the support you need.

Contact the Dean of Students office at or 480-965-6547

If you or someone you know is in immediate crisis or emergency, call 911.
For medical emergency: call 9-1-1
For medical non-emergency: call ASU Health Services at 480-965-3349

University Resources

Student Advocacy and Assistance (SAA) is part of the Dean of Students Office and works to provide support to students whenever they may be experiencing difficulties such as: basic needs, academic probation, sexual assault, illness, domestic and relationship violence, grief, loss and more. SAA strives to provide guidance, explain relevant policies and procedures, connect students to applicable university and community resources, all while respecting students' rights to privacy within the confines of the law and university policy.

ASU Counseling Services – offers free, confidential time-limited professional counseling and crisis services. Counseling Services offers 24/7/365 global phone and chat services, working to lower any barrier for seeking help. To learn more, visit Open Call an Open Chat and Where to Start.

Financial Aid – families that experience unforeseen changes in their finances can have their financial aid package reviewed by contacting the financial aid office. In addition, other helpful tools like tuition calculators, budget forms and scholarship information are available on the ASU Financial Aid website.

Learn more about affordable off-campus housing options, and tips on rental agreements, finding roommates, what steps to take at the end of a lease and more.

Sexual and relationship violence are widespread in society and have a profound impact on individuals and their communities. It takes a community of care to support victims and survivors, and ASU provides a variety of reporting optionsresources and educational programs to prevent sexual misconduct.

If an incident of sexual misconduct or relationship violence occurs, options to report the incident, receive confidential support and immediate assistance are available through on-campus and off-campus resources

Access high-quality health care resources at ASU Health Services , including a Bridge service discount program.

University Partnerships

Borderlands Produce Rescue - get 70 pounds of fresh produce for only $12 on the third Saturday of the month. Produce Rescues will be held in Lot 59 of the Tempe campus, the North Zone parking of the West campus and the House of Refuge in Mesa near the Polytechnic campus.

St. Vincent de Paul (feed, clothe, house, heal): 602-266-HOPE

Community Resources

AZ 2-1-1: Arizona Information and Referral Services assists individuals to find resources that are available locally, by county, and provides connections to critical services that improve and save lives. Resources include supplemental food and nutrition programs, shelter and housing options, utilities assistance, services for veterans, emergency information and disaster relief, employment opportunities, health care, addiction prevention and rehabilitation, support for individuals with mental health needs, support for survivors of physical and/or emotional violence. Dial 2-1-1 on your phone, or start here:

Find Help Phoenix: Maricopa County Department of Public Health created         and Spanish partner site to give Maricopa county residents an easy way to find health and social services. Users can look for medical services, legal help, affordable housing, and many other services. The approximately 1,500 resources listed are free and almost free, and can be searched by topic and zip code. 

Start or here

Community action agencies or programs are administered through counties, cities, councils of government and private non-profit organizations. Community action programs and agencies throughout Arizona provide a variety of services, which may include: emergency financial assistance; utility assistance; utility and telephone discount programs; rental/mortgage assistance; housing repair, rehabilitation and weatherization; food boxes and other food and nutrition programs; case management, advocacy and referrals; child care/Head Start; housing and homeless assistance

To locate your local community action agency in Maricopa County (and other counties), visit

  • EMPACT CRISIS HOTLINE (ASU): 480-921-1006
  • EMPACT CRISIS HOTLINE (Non-ASU): 480-784-1500
  • THE Q-LINE (LGBTQIA): 480-736-4925
  • VETERANS CRISIS LINE: 1-800-273-8255

Family Advocacy Centers: Victims of sexual violence have the right to a medical forensic exam, at no cost to them, regardless of whether they report to law enforcement. A forensic exam is a comprehensive medical exam provided by a registered nurse, nurse practitioner, or physician with specialized training in the medical care and treatment of sexual and domestic violence victims. Each part of the exam requires your consent and you do not have to participate in anything that makes you uncomfortable. 

In Maricopa County, HonorHealth Forensic Nurse Examiner Program conducts medical forensic exams at Family Advocacy Centers (FACs) located in Mesa, Scottsdale, Glendale, and Downtown Phoenix, near ASU’s campuses. When reporting to law enforcement, the exam will be scheduled on your behalf and you will be transported to the FAC. If you do not wish to report to law enforcement and live in Maricopa county, you can call HonorHealth at 480-312-6339 (available 24/7) and enter a call back number. A nurse will call you back soon after.

AZ Law Help:  Pre–application process designed to assist in determining whether you qualify for free or reduced–fee legal assistance, and which legal aid program is best to help with your legal problem. Visit AZ Law Help Justice Online Intake System

AZCourtHelp: Court information: location, hours, terms of payment, parking, accessibility, etc; provides support of Arizona law librarians: live chat forums to answer legal information questions, details on upcoming Legal Talk clinics, and other information needed by self-represented litigants; links and resources to other specialized legal information websites that provide broader legal information and access, when possible, to free and reduced legal assistance.

Community Legal Services: Legal help for low-income individuals and communities in Central Arizona and Maricopa County: family law, public benefits, employment issues, consumer protection, housing problems, and farm worker assistance. Visit the Community Legal Services website.

CALL 9-1-1

If non-emergency: call ASU Health Services at 480-965-3349 (all campus locations)