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MSU Begins $6.9 Million Payout of Emergency Financial Aid

Scott Harvey

The $6.9 million payout of emergency financial aid was authorized by the Coronavirus, Relief and Economic Security or CARES Act.

The first phase of MSU's relief plan totals $1.6 million in Immediate Assistance Grants, according to a news release.  Missouri State University has sent $250 to students who meet certain criteria.

Students can also apply for Emergency Assistance Grants.  According to MSU, $5.3 million is available to help undergraduate or graduate students who are experiencing financial hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic.  Students must meet certain criteria to apply:  currently enrolled as a degree seeking student at MSU; eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965; not enrolled exclusively in an online program on March 13, 2020; have documented financial need or hardship due to coronavirus; and and have made reasonable use other sources of support.  Those applications are due May 15.

To apply, students should:

  • Log into
  •  Click on the "Student" tab located on the top ribbon of the portal 
  •  Find the "My Financial Aid" section (located on the top right) 
  •  Click on CARES Act Emergency Relief Application

Students with questions should contact the office of financial aid at or 417-836-5262.