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.


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 first 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. Please select a location that is most convenient for you to visit, if needed. 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 who can help with Dash Emergency Grants

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.