DASH Emergency Grants

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.

Eligibility

What expenses are eligible?

Eligible expenses include:

  • Utilities, housing and rent
  • Food and meals
  • Medical and dental expenses
  • Personal automobile expenses and gasoline
  • Public transportation costs, including bus passes
  • Child care

Examples of ineligible expenses are tuition, fees, books, legal fees, tobacco, alcohol and entertainment.

Who is eligible?

Students must be a currently enrolled undergraduate pursuing a bachelor's degree and have a FAFSA Expected Family Contribution of $7,000 or less. Applicants need to provide documentation of the financial emergency (for example, a billing statement, car repair estimates, and so on). A member of the university's Student Success team can help determine appropriate documentation and walk students through the entire application process.

To apply

  1. Contact a Student Success team member. Select someone with whom you already have a relationship or someone who works with students who most closely fit with your identifier descriptions. By email, include "Emergency grant eligibility" in the subject line so that it is clear that there is some urgency. Phone messages should include some information about your emergency.
  2. Interview. The team member will interview you and, if you meet eligibility requirements, will direct you to the application. If you are ineligible, the team member will work with you to find other ways to meet your needs.
  3. Complete the application. Scan and upload supporting documents that indicate  need (for example, a letter from a landlord, job layoff notice, car repair bill or utility cut-off notice). Team members can help you do this.

Team members who can help with Dash Emergency Grants

  • Center for Accessibility Resources
    • Ezra Kesler: 651-793-1569
    • Julie Bauch: 651-793-1775
    • Kristin Jorenby: 651-793-1540
  • African and African American Student Services
    • Bernadette Suwareh: 651-793-1541
  • American Indian Student Success
    • Renee Beaulieu-Banks: 651-793-1560
  • Center for Academic Excellence
    • Jules Thompson: 651-793-1461
  • Counseling Services
    • Michael Peterson: 651-793-1557
  • International Student Services
    • Kamal Elbasher: 651-793-1219
    • Linnda Martinez: 651-793-1315
  • Student Life and Leadership
    • Heather Lou, 651-793-1439 
    • Phil Fuehrer: 651-793-1551
  • TRIO
    • Andrew Cseter: 651- 793-1524
    • Tom Boylan: 651-793-1519
    • Tam Knapton: 651-793-1574
    • Pa Yong Xiong: 651-793-1505
  • Veterans Center
    • Jeff Pool: 651-793-1305
  • At Brooklyn Park
    • Mary Schober Martin: 763-657-3751
  • At Midway (Energy Park Place)
    • Michael Earhart: 651-999-5828
  • At Minneapolis
    • Alfreda Amah-Clarke: 612-659-7270
    • Angela Bowlus: 612-659-7275
    • Kara Branyon: 612-659-7277
    • Jamaica DelMar: 612-659-7299
    • Mai Shoua Khang: 612-659-7278
    • Phyllis Webster: 612-659-7309

Assistance payments

Our aim is to get the emergency taken care of as soon as possible. If approved, funds are made payable to a third party. No funds are 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 and within the community. We will follow up with you to see how you are faring after the emergency is resolved.