Emergency Assistance


Resources for Mental Health, Financial Crisis, and Food Insecurity

Mental Health Resources

  Veteran Crisis Line - Dial 988 and Press 1

Veterans Crisis Line

Whether you are a Veteran, a caregiver, a family member or a friend, the Department of Veterans Affairs wants you to know you are not alone. In times of crisis, suicidal thoughts or concern, it is essential to get help.

By dialing "988" and then pressing "1", you can reach a trained professional from the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL). You could also text "838255" or chat online at veteranscrisisline.net/chat if you prefer.


Vets4Warriors is a national 24/7-peer support network for veteran and military communities 100% staffed by trained veterans and members of the military community, their families or caregivers.

Call 1-855-838-8255 to connect with a peer-support specialist or visit https://www.vets4warriors.com/ 

Rutgers Counseling Services

Counseling services are offered through Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program & Psychiatric Services (CAPS), our university mental health support service. 

Visit http://health.rutgers.edu/medical-counseling-services/counseling/ for more information.

Financial Crisis Resources

The Office of the Dean of Students – Student Support, Rutgers New-Brunswick

The Office of the Dean of Students – Student Support assists students experiencing unexpected challenges which impact academic performance, time to degree completion, finances, and their overall student experience.

Visit Dean of Students - Student Support (Office of) | Success (rutgers.edu) for virtual drop-in hours or to schedule an appointment.


Rutgers University offers a range of merit-based scholarships and need-based programs to help qualifying students fund their education. Visit https://admissions.rutgers.edu/costs-and-aid/scholarships for more information.

Loans and Grants

The Office of Veteran and Military Programs and Services Emergency Scholarship Fund can provide emergency assistance to military affiliated students who are faced with an unexpected financial crisis.  Please contact the Office of Veteran and Military Programs and Services for more information at veterans@echo.rutgers.edu or at 848-932-VETS (8387).

Rutgers-Camden Office of Military & Veteran Affairs (OMVA) has an emergency fund available for military affiliated students enrolled in Camden. Please contact Fred Davis, Campus Director for more information at frdavis@camden.rutgers.edu or at 856-225-2791.

Rutgers-Newark Office of Veteran Affairs provides comprehensive support and services for our military service members, veterans, and their dependents. Visit Resources for Veterans | Rutgers MyRun for more information or email Paul Lazaro, Campus Director at lazaro.paul@rutgers.edu.

Food Insecurity Resources

Food Pantries

Rutgers-New Brunswick – Rutgers Student Food Pantry

College Ave Student Center, Room 115

126 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

and via mobile food pantry, by appointment

Phone: 848.932.5500

Visit their website for hours of operation

Rutgers-Newark – The PantryRUN

Paul Robeson Campus Center, Room 226

350 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard

Newark, NJ 07102



Visit their website for hours of operation

Rutgers-Camden - RU-Camden Raptor Pantry

Student Wellness Center

2nd Floor of Campus Center

326 Penn St.

Camden, NJ 08102



Visit their website for hours of operation