Emergency Preparedness: COVID-19

CRRSAA

Message from President Wacker

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) is a federal law that provides money to students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn. 

CRRSAA requires that the money distributed to eligible students is used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.  We know that these have been challenging times, and we hope that these funds will assist you in your ability to continue and finish your degree and graduate.

Dr. Robbyn Wacker

President
St. Cloud State University

 

Overview

St. Cloud State University was approved to receive $7,821,764 through the Federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act and has completed a Certification and Agreement with the U.S. Department of Education which, among other requirements, assures that no less than 50 percent of these funds will be used to provide direct Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students impacted by the coronavirus and subsequent declaration of a National Emergency.

 

Institutional Share

The following report identifies how St. Cloud State University utilized the portion of CARES Act funding designated to assist with institutional expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Student Share

Distribution

St. Cloud State University will distribute $3,912,382 in direct Emergency Financial Aid grants to students from this funding. These grants are designed to assist students with expenses related to the cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus. Costs such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care can be included.

 

Eligibility

The CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants or undergraduates with extraordinary financial circumstances, in awarding emergency financial aid grants to students. While all students enrolled after March 13, 2020 are eligible, priority will be given to students based on current guidance from the U.S. Department of Education who have emergency financial needs directly related to the pandemic.

 

Process

St. Cloud State University is making Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students through two methods. The initial distribution was made to all eligible students with an expected family contribution (EFC) below 20,000. Grants ranged from $500 to $1550. Award amounts above the $500 base amount were determined by considering criteria that would indicate a greater risk of financial distress such as EFC, Federal Pell Grant eligibility and 1st generation students.

A portion of the funding was retained for distribution through an emergency grant program. Eligible students who had additional expenses including items like food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care are able to complete a brief application. These emergency funds can be applied directly to institutional charges on a student’s account or disbursed directly to the student based on the student’s preference. Awards will be made based on the order applications are received until the last available funds are awarded.

 

Are Emergency Grants available to help with expenses related to COVID-19?

Additional Emergency Grants are available to students:

Step 1: Make sure that you are logged into your Office365 with your starid@go.minnstate.edu account and StarID password.
Step 2Complete the brief application