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The iTable Basic Needs Program is an International Students & Programs Office (ISPO)  program that was launched in 2018 in partnership with UC San Diego’s The Hub Basic Needs Center, with generous sponsorship from the UC San Diego Basic Needs Committee. This program specifically serves the unique needs of our international student population by providing them with immediate food security resources that are otherwise not available via other means (for example, CalFresh). Our goal is to provide essential resources and connect students to campus support required to thrive as a student, which includes access to nutritious food, stable housing, and financial wellness resources.

Due to the nature of iTable funds, this assistance is intended to address acute and emergent need, and not meant for long-term support. Therefore, iTable applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis and if additional needs are identified, student cases will be elevated to connect with other potential resources to address sustainability concerns.


  • To be eligible to receive support through the iTable Basic Needs Program, students must be:
    • Currently enrolled at UC San Diego or a continuing student; and
    • An international student in a non-immigrant visa status, such as F-1 or J-1
    • iTable support is intended for short-term, emergency needs. Long term, continuous support is unable to be supported by the program.
  • Individuals who are not in a non-immigrant status are eligible for additional financial resources via The Hub Basic Needs Center.
  • UC San Diego Extended Studies students are not eligible. Please contact for assistance.

NOTE: iTable funding is dedicated specifically for international students and is not considered a public charge.

iTable Form

NOTE: Due to unprecedented demand as well as the need to allocate funds to those who have applied in a reasonably timely manner, the iTable form is currently closed for the Fall 2022 quarter. Please email with any questions. 

This form is to apply for basic needs and emergency relief funds for international students at UC San Diego. It may be used to refer yourself or another individual (must be a currently enrolled UC San Diego student) who is experiencing, emergency, short-term financial hardship.

These funds are dedicated specifically for non-immigrant international students and are not considered public charge funding. The answers you provide on this form will help us understand your financial need and connect you with available resources. This support is a collaboration between Basic Needs and the International Students & Programs Office.



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