St. John's Cares about Your Basic Needs

As a Catholic and Vincentian university deeply concerned about the health and wellness of our students, St. John’s University cares about you and your ability to meet your basic needs. It is very important that we understand how widespread food and housing insecurity is among our students, and that we continue to identify relevant and useful ways to address these issues.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and through the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III), St. John’s University is offering financial assistance to eligible students requesting additional support for basic needs. These basic needs include (but are not limited to) food, housing, utilities, and healthcare (including mental health care). In order to receive consideration for funding, you must have been enrolled at the University since the declaration of the national emergency (March 13, 2020).

To apply for St. John’s University Basic Needs Program (funded by the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund for the 2021 – 2022 academic year), please click on the button below.

Please note that only one application request may be submitted per semester. Applications for Fall 2021 must be submitted no later than Friday, December 10, 2021.

All applicants will be contacted to provide additional information regarding their request, then notified of their eligibility to receive St. John’s University Basic Needs Funding as soon as possible. If you have not already signed up for Direct Deposit, we strongly encourage you to do so.

For any courses that you are taking at St. John’s, you may want to contact our Open Educational Resources librarians to connect you with possible free non-textbook options. Unfortunately, the majority of course “textbooks” cannot be made available online through the library at this time. However, some professors assign?non-textbook readings and resources.

Basic Needs Program Application

Food Insecurity

Recently, food insecurity among university students has received increasing local and national attention. A student’s inability to consistently obtain nutritious food is a potentially serious health issue.

If you are experiencing food insecurity, or know of a student who is, please refer to the information below for resources available to help support St. John’s University students.

Food Pantries Off-Campus

Go to to find a food pantry near you.

Additional Resource?for Internet Service

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an?FCC program? designed?to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic.?More information found here:

Additional Resources for NYC Residents

Click here to find additional support near you.

Additional Resources for Non-NYC Residents

Click here to find additional support near you.

Contact Us

Queens Campus

Jackie Lochrie, Acting Dean of Students
[email protected]

Victoria Santangelo, Associate Vice President for University Ministry
[email protected]

Sarah Kelly,?Vice Dean for Administration,?Law School
[email protected]

Staten Island Campus

David Gachigo, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
[email protected]

Tri Duong, C.M.,?Campus Minister, Campus Ministry
[email protected]