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Parents and Family

bannerIf I am a parent or family member, how do I find out how my student is doing?

The university and housing staff may not disclose information from a student’s record without first obtaining the written permission of the student. Parents and family members do not have the right to have access to these records unless the student has given written consent for release of such records to them.

We are restricted from sharing information due to the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

How can family members be supportive from afar?

  • Stay Connected
    Support your student by staying connected. Communicate via phone, e-mail, IM, cell phones, and ‘snail’ mail. Students love to get care packages!  
  • Checking-In
    Give your student the opportunity to share feelings and ideas with you.
  • Concerns
    If family members have concerns about students safety or well being please refer the student to the Counseling and Health Services office or contact the housing office.
  • Continue to Have Difficult Conversations
    Students will have to make their own decisions about sleep, academics, exercise, clubs, alcohol, and sexual relationships.   Provide your student with the facts on these issues, and empower them to distinguish between good and bad decisions when it comes to their behavior, health, and safety. Create an atmosphere of open communication.
  • Expect Change
  • Trust Your Student

Financial Aid

When financial aid is disbursed to the student account, the funds will first cover tuition and fees.

COMING FALL 2020: Housing and dining will now be on the student account. When financial aid is first disbursed to the student account, it will first cover tuition and fees, and then be applied to housing and meal plans. 

It is recommended that all students and families are aware of the amount of aid the student is receiving. If the amount of aid is not enough to cover tuition, fees, Housing, and the Meal Plan, please plan ahead to cover Housing and any other costs out-of-pocket.

For any questions related to financial aid, please contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office 

Click here to view a calculator which will help you determine the cost of your preferred space and meal plan. PLEASE NOTE: This is informational only. Utilizing this calculator does not reserve a space on campus. Your License Agreement will include a final cost of housing (not including the Meal Plan.)


Meal Plan

Starting in Fall 2020, all on-campus residents will be required to have a Meal Plan. For first-year students, the Meal Plan will consist of a block of meals per week to be eaten in the dining cafe as well as an allowance of dining dollars that can be used to purchase food at various eateries on campus. For more information on the Meal Plan including cost, options, and FAQ information, please visit campus dining.

CSUSM Dining Info

Beginning in Fall 2020, all UVA and QUAD residents will be required to have a meal plan that can be used as the Dining Cafe, as well as the USU eateries and Starbucks in Kellogg Library. Benefits of the new dining cafe include:

  • All you can eat meals
  • Meal plans to meet the needs of CSUSM Students
  • Pop-up restaurants
  • State of the art dining room

Learn more at: or by following us on social media @csusmdining