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Basic Needs

Yes Food Program (formerly Food Security Gift Card Program)

About the Program 

The Yes Food Program offers undocumented students e-gift cards to grocery stores, food delivery services, and restaurants. Depending on the individual need of the student, they may receive $50-$200 in e-gift cards every 30 days for three consecutive months before needing to reapply.   

If approved 

Students receive an email confirmation stating the value of the e-gift card(s) they will receive and when in the three consecutive months they will receive them. 

To reapply 

Resubmit this application on the last week of Month #3. 

Data Protections 

We take privacy seriously. Information provided on this form will not be shared with government agencies, including immigration enforcement agencies, unless required by law or for internal reporting purposes. 

It matters when you apply 

If you apply on the first week of the month, you will receive the full value of the e-gift card and that month will count as Month #1 of Months #1, #2, and #3. 

Example: You apply January 1 and get approved for $100. You will then receive $100, January 3; $100, February 3; and, $100 March 3.   

If you apply on the second or third weeks of the month, you will receive a prorated e-gift card for the remaining weeks of the month and this month will count as "Month Zero". Once the first week of the following month comes, you will receive the full value of the e-gift card and this month will count at Month #1 of Months #1, #2, and #3. 

Example: You apply sometime between January 15-20 and get approved for $100. You will then receive $50, January 23 (Month Zero); $100, February 3; $100, March 3; and $100, April 3.  

If you apply on the fourth week of the month, you will receive the full value of the e-gift card, but this month will be combined with the following month to count as Month #1 of Months #1, #2, and #3. 

Example: You apply on January 26 and get approved for $100. You will then receive $100, January 29; $100, February 3; and $100, March 3. 


  1. Must be an active UC San Diego student (except UC San Diego Extension and visiting students) 
  2. Must be AB540 classified 
  3. Must receive CA Dream Act financial aid 
  4. Last but not with the USS Program Manager or Assistant Coordinator for a one-on-one consultation if you have never met with them or if it has been more than three months since the last check-in (legal appointments do not count). You may make an appointment here.  

Students who do not meet these qualifications may contact The Hub for support accessing alternative programs. 

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Experiential Learning Opportunities

Our key student programs will continue to operate, but slightly differently. Contact each of the program organizers for more information.

Dream Fellowship Program

  • The Dream Fellowship Program is an experiential learning program through Undocumented Student Services at the UC San Diego. Through experiential learning, undocumented students gain skills that will prepare them for graduate school or career pathways.

  • Students selected as recipients of the fellowship are responsible for seeking a mentor and learning opportunity for an academic year. A quarterly $1,500 scholarship is provided — up to $4,500 in scholarship funds for an academic year. In addition, professional development opportunities will be hosted by Career Services and Undocumented Student Services.

  • Please email for more information. 

Inclusive Fellowships

  • “Inclusive Fellowships” (a term coined by Immigrants Rising) are experiential learning opportunities that provide student aid (e.g., stipends, grants, and scholarships) regardless of individuals immigration status. Inclusive Fellowships do not require recipients to have work authorization or a social security number but may require the student to be classified as a state resident for tuition purposes. Inclusive Fellowships are flexible opportunities that take into account the student's professional or academic developmental needs and the host department's capacity. Inclusive Fellowships are an industry-standard in higher education that can be offered by most departments on any campus to undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Available fellowships:

Student Intern Program

  • Under the guidance of professional staff, the USS Intern program offers a one-year internship that focuses on developing student’s leadership and project management skills through direct field experience in the areas of Media and Marketing, Policy and Advocacy, Early Outreach, Student Retention, Professional Development, and Legal Services , all within the context of higher education. 

  • During their internships, students become fully immersed in all aspects of USS programs and services while working on an individual project under the supervision of professional staff and with the support of other interns.

  • Applications will be available through the Handshake Portal during Fall Quarter.