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.

If you have concerns about meeting your daily basic needs, please see the information below and/or fill out the Basic Needs Information Request Form. Requests may be submitted by all current St. John’s graduate and undergraduate students, including our international students, regardless of citizenship status.  

Please note that any “St. John’s Cares About Your Basic Needs” funding, if awarded, is not considered a loan and does not need to be repaid. However, these funds are only available during the semester. The link will be available through Thursday, May 27, 2021, then will be closed. It will reopen with the start of the Fall semester (Wednesday, September 1, 2021).

The Office of Student Financial Services is available to answer your questions on the Queens and Staten Island campuses. Please contact the office at (718) 990-2000 or [email protected] .

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.

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]