CARES Act

Metropolitan State University received $5,159,002 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. At least half, or $2,579,501, must be awarded directly to students. Most of the students who were registered for Metropolitan State University spring semester courses on March 6, 2020, and who were not specifically excluded under the terms of the CARES Act, were eligible for CARES Act grants. Those who were not eligible include PSEO or concurrent enrollment students, students being assessed senior citizen tuition rates, incarcerated students, those enrolled in non-credit classes, international students, DACA students, and students who have their tuition paid via employee waiver through Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

As of December 31, 2020, Metropolitan State University had fully distributed CARES Act funds of $2,579,501 to students. Of the $2,579,501 distributed, $2,329,300 was distributed to 5,170 students who were registered for Metropolitan State University spring semester course on March 6, 2020 and who were not specifically excluded under the terms of the CARES Act and $250,201 was distributed to 290 students who were eligible for an Emergency Aid Grant. In addition, there was approximately $30,000 in unclaimed student disbursement payments as of December 31, 2020 for which the University is individually contacting the student.

As of September 30, 2020, Metropolitan State University had distributed CARES Act funds of $2,543,589 to students. Of the $2,543,589 distributed, $2,329,300 was distributed to 5,170 students who were registered for Metropolitan State University spring semester courses on March 6, 2020 and who were not specifically excluded under the terms of the CARES Act and $214,289 was distributed to 251 students who were eligible for an Emergency Aid Grant. As of September 30, 2020, Emergency Aid Grant funds available were $35,912. In addition, there was approximately $30,000 in unclaimed student disbursement payments as of September 30, 2020 for which the University is individually contacting the student.

As of August 13, 2020, 5,170 students received the CARES Act disbursements totaling $2,329,300. Others may have been awarded funds from another Minnesota State institution. Additionally, 245 students received CARES Act funding for Emergency Aid Grants totaling $209,089.

Disbursements to students are made primarily through their BankMobile account. More information on BankMobile accounts can be found on the University’s website. If students have questions about their BankMobile accounts, they can contact Gateway Student Services at 651-793-1300 (option 5) or see Gateway's web page.

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act funding

On December 27, 2020, the President Trump signed the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) (P.L. 116-260). This new law gives the U.S. Department of Education (Department) approximately $22.7 billion to distribute to institutions of higher education in order to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus through the HEERF. This law has some similarities and some important differences from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) (P.L. 116–136) that was enacted on March 27, 2020.

Amount Description
$10,533,046 Total University Allocation
$2,579,501 Minimum for Direct Grants/Aid to Eligible Students (of this amount, a minimum of 10% must be used for Emergency Grants to Eligible Students)
$376,680 Section 314(a)(1)(E) and Section 314(a)(1)(F) Allocation – Minority Serving Institutions
$7,953,545 Maximum Institutional Portion

Metropolitan State University’s plans

The university is currently considering options and needs for how to strategically and thoughtfully use these funds. In the meantime, the university leadership invite and welcome your input and ideas. Please send your ideas to covid-19@metrostate.edu.