Dear Metro Students,
Relief is coming! The CARES Act, which establishes and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), allocated $12.56 billion for relief of higher education institutions and their students nationally, using a formula based on student enrollment. Metropolitan State University received $5,159,002.
Of the amount allocated to each institution, at least 50 percent must be reserved to provide students with emergency financial aid grants to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.
The university is working to finalize a plan of how this money will be distributed to eligible students. We will be sending a communication via email as soon as possible with details about the grants, once our plan is approved by the Minnesota State chancellor’s office.
Who is eligible for CARES Act grant?
Students who were registered for Metropolitan State University spring semester courses on March 16, 2020 and who are not specifically excluded under the terms of the CARES Act are eligible.
Who is excluded under the terms of the CARES Act?
Those who are not eligible include concurrent high school students, postsecondary enrollment option (PSEO) students, those being assessed senior citizen tuition rates, incarcerated students, those enrolled in non-credit courses, international students, DACA students, those enrolled fully online as of March 16, and those whose full tuition is covered by an employer.
We know there are students who are not eligible for the CARES ACT grant who are having financial challenges. There will also be Emergency Fund Grants available. We are finalizing details on how to apply for these grants and will share details next week.
Please continue to visit metrostate.edufor important updates. Be well and we’ll update you as soon as we have more information.
Virginia (Ginny) Arthur, President