Emergency Aid Program Information

Metropolitan State University provides assistance to students facing unexpected financial emergencies. Crisis Grant funds are donated to help students stay in college and meet their educational goals.

Eligible Expenses Include: Ineligible Expenses Include:
  • Utilities
  • Housing/Rent
  • Food/Meals
  • Medical/Dental expenses
  • Personal automobile expenses
  • Public transportation/bus pass
  • Child care
  • Gasoline
  • Tuition
  • Fees
  • Books
  • Legal fees
  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Entertainment expenses

Student Eligibility

Students must be a currently enrolled undergraduate pursuing a bachelor's degree and have a FAFSA Expected Family Contribution of $7000 or less. Applicants need to provide documentation of the financial emergency (e.g. billing statement, car repair estimates, etc.). A Metro State Student Success Team Member can help determine appropriate documentation and walk students through the entire application process.

Application Process

To apply for this grant, please contact the Student Success Team member with whom you already have a relationship or one of the team members listed below who works with students who most closely fit with your identifier descriptions. If you email please make the subject line of your email read: "Emergency grant eligibility" so that it is clear that there is some urgency. A phone message should also include communication about the emergency.

That team member will interview you, and if you meet eligibility requirements, will direct you to the application portal. If you are ineligible, the individual will work with you to try and get your needs met in other ways.

  • Center for Academic Excellence (Tutoring)
  • Healthcare and Wellness Services
  • Latino Student Success
  • Student Life and Leadership
  • Student Parent Center
    • Sue Fust – Founders Hall, 225, 651-793-1572
  • Veterans Center
    • Jeff Pool – Founders Hall, 201, 651-793-1305
  • Women/LGBTQ Office
  • Midway Campus assistance  (Energy Park Place)
  • Minneapolis Campus assistance

Supporting Documents

You will need to provide supporting documents to indicate the need (e.g. letter from a landlord, job layoff notice, car repair bill, utility cut-off notice, etc.) and you will need to scan and upload these into the portal. Your Student Success Team member can assist with this if needed.

Assistance Payments

Our aim is to get the emergency taken care of as soon as possible. If approved, funds will be made payable to a third party.  No funds will be paid directly to students. Assistance is granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin.

Follow Up

We want to make sure you get access to resources you might need inside the University as well as in the community, so we will follow up with you to see how you are faring after the emergency is resolved.

Additional Help Available:

Financial Literacy Help

Other Resources for Students: Community