Basic Needs

Free BART/Bus Clipper Card For Students In Need!

Do you take the bus or BART to campus? Would you like a free Clipper card worth $125 for those trips? Apply for DVC’s transit subsidy! 

To qualify, students must receive Cal Promise A/B grants. Students must also be attending at least one class this semester with regular, in-person meetings at either DVC campus (San Ramon or Pleasant Hill). 

The card can be used on BART or any bus system in Contra Costa County (County Connection, WestCAT, AC Transit, or Tri Delta). It will pre-loaded with $125.  

The card is available to qualifying students who complete an application.

Welcome to the Basic Needs community at Diablo Valley College. Basic Needs are the conditions and resources you need to survive and thrive. These conditions and resources can include, but are not limited to food, housing, clothing, financial, and access to wellness and mental health services.

Our mission is to help you with information and resources on:

  • food pantries and support programs,
  • affordable temporary and permanent housing solutions, and
  • physical health, wellness and mental health services.
  • Textbooks and other materials or equipment required for online courses.
  • Financial resources to support financial emergencies and foster long-term financial wellness.

We are committed to supporting the basic needs of our students. Have a question? Email the Basic Needs staff

New! Free online mental & health services:

TimelyMD telehealth program for students

DVC is excited to offer a new telehealth program for students called TimelyCare. This FREE service provides access to 24/7 medical and mental telehealth care with TimelyMD. The TimelyMD telehealth Initiative is offered for one year by ASDVC in collaboration with Diablo Valley College.

More information here

Resources and services


Food Resources

Find local food pantries and support programs.

Housing Resources

Find local housing and shelter resources.

Health Resources

Find local health, wellness and mental health services.


DVC Career Closet 

The DVC Career Closet enhances students' career readiness and boosts confidence by providing free professional attire and educational programming.

Notice: Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) the Career Closet is closed while we prioritize community health and safety. Appointments and donation drop-offs will be available again when the college resumes normal operations.
For more information, visit the Career Closet online or email the Career and Transfer Center.

HOPE/DVC survey data (2018-2019)
  • 41% of DVC students reported low or very low food security.
  • 60% of students reported being housing insecure.
  • 20% of students experienced homelessness.
  • The intersections of food security, housing security, and homelessness among DVC students. 
  • Hope Survey results 2019

Other resources