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New information regarding direct aid distributions, fee reimbursement and emergency grant procedures for Spring 2022 semester

Posted December 1, 2021

Financial Aid

Metropolitan State has new information regarding direct aid distributions, fee reimbursement and emergency grant procedures for Spring 2022 semester. These monies are in addition to your federal and state financial aid package, which will be applied to your student account beginning Jan. 28, 2022.

The additional financial distributions including Direct Aid Grants, and parking and Student Center fees, will come from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) federal funding, as a response to the pandemic. Under the terms of the ARP, the university is required to prioritize distributions to students with exceptional need. Direct Aid Grants and Parking/Student Center Fee Reimbursement for Spring 2022 semester will be distributed on or before March 7, 2022.  

Because ARP funding will be completely disbursed this term, Spring 2022 ARP disbursements will be the final payment of relief funding and will not be available for summer or fall 2022 terms.

Students experiencing financial emergency situations due to COVID-19 may also apply for emergency aid grants. You will find more detailed information about each type of assistance, including eligibility, below.

Direct Aid Grants 
Direct Aid grants are based on a student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from their FAFSA filing and the number of credits enrolled as of Jan. 26, 2022.   We have determined that students who have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $7,250 or less are eligible to receive direct aid grant funds. You must have a 2021-22 FAFSA on file to receive these funds. Complete the 2021-22 FAFSA here

If you have an FSA (Federal Student Aid) ID you can view your EFC by accessing your Student Aid Report (SAR). To view the SAR:   

  1. Go to: https://studentaid.gov/apply-for-aid/fafsa.
  2. Select the “Log In” button and enter your account username and password (FSA ID).
  3. Select View or Print your Student Aid Report (SAR) from the "My FAFSA" page. 

This chart shows the amount of money you will receive based on these two factors:   

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS  

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)   

1 – 5 credits enrolled   

6 – 11 credits enrolled   

12 or more credits enrolled   

$0 - $5,846  

$150  

$650  

$1100  

$5,847 - $7,250   

$75 

$275  

$550  

  

GRADUATE STUDENTS  

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)   

1 – 3 credits enrolled   

4 – 7 credits enrolled   

8 or more credits enrolled   

$0 - $5,846  

$150  

$650  

$1100  

$5,847 - $7,250   

$75  

$275  

$550  

  

If you are eligible, you do not need to apply to receive this money. It will be distributed automatically on or before March 7, 2022. (Review the section below: How will eligible students receive their payments/funds?)

Who is excluded from receiving Direct Aid Grants?
Those who are not eligible per federal requirements include concurrently enrolled high school students, postsecondary enrollment option (PSEO) students, those being assessed senior citizen tuition rates, students who are incarcerated, those enrolled in non-credit courses, international students, undocumented students, and those whose tuition was paid through third party payment and/or employee waiver of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.   

Parking and Student Center Fee Reimbursement   
Every student enrolled in courses as of Jan. 26, 2022 will receive a payment by March 7 equal to the parking fees and student center fees they were assessed for the Spring 2022 semester. These fees total $20.50 per credit enrolled. To determine the amount you can expect, multiply $20.50 by the number of credits for which you are enrolled this spring semester. (for example, a student enrolled for 8 credits will receive $164). Employees who are students are expected to pay for parking fees as employees through payroll deduction and request their student parking fees be waived according to University Procedure 402. Employees who are students will receive a payment equal to their student center fees.

Emergency Aid Grants
Students registered for Spring 2022 semester courses who are experiencing financial emergency situations because of COVID-19, including those caused by paying the fall tuition bill, and have not already received an emergency grant since Aug. 19, 2021, may apply for emergency funds for support. Students do not need to have a completed FAFSA on file to be eligible. Students can apply for an Academic Year 2021–22 Emergency Aid Grant (up to $2,000) by completing this application. Submitted applications will be carefully considered and reviewed. Apply here >>

Who is excluded from receiving Emergency Aid Grants under the terms of the American Relief Program (ARP)?  
Those who are not eligible include those being assessed senior citizen tuition rates, students who are incarcerated and those whose tuition is being paid through employee waiver of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

How will eligible students receive their payment/funds?   
All ARP disbursements will be paid through your 
BankMobile account. The disbursements to your BankMobile account will occur by March 7, 2022. All students are encouraged to ensure that they have set up a BankMobile account and are able to log into and access the account. More information on how to set up the BankMobile account can be found on the university’s website at metrostate.edu/finances/aid/what-to-expect/disbursement.   

BankMobile disbursement notifications will come from this email address: refunds@email.bankmobiledisbursements.com.

If you have questions about your BankMobile account or are experiencing any issues setting up your account, please contact Gateway Student Services at 651-793-1300, and select option 5 or visit metrostate.edu/students/support/gateway.

You have demonstrated resilience this term, and over the past several terms. As you look to Spring 2022, our faculty and staff are here to support you. We will do everything we can to help ensure your academic success and well-being. If you have questions or run into issues, please send an email to covid-19@metrostate.edu.  This email box is constantly monitored, and you will receive a response within 24 hours.

If you haven’t completed your 2021-22 FAFSA, do that now. If you have questions about your financial aid award contact Gateway Student Services at 651-793-1300, and select option 5 or visit metrostate.edu/students/support/gateway