Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Emergency Grants

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and sent money to schools to use for emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic. 

U.S. Department of Education CARES Act Guidance
Only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants. Additionally, the Department of Education has told institutions that those students who were enrolled exclusively online on March 13, 2020, the date of the President's "National Emergency" Proclamation, are not eligible for emergency CARES Act grants.

Student Portion

Minot State University CARES Act Distribution Final Report - October 16, 2020
Minot State University CARES Act Distribution Report - September 30, 2020
Minot State University CARES Act Distribution Report - August 26, 2020
Minot State University CARES Act Distribution Report - July 10, 2020
Minot State University CARES Act Distribution Report - June 4, 2020

Institutional Portion

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report - March 31, 2021
Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report - December 31, 2020 
Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report - September 30, 2020

Students who completed the 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), meet the basic eligibility criteria to qualify for federal student aid, are enrolled in Spring 2020 courses originally scheduled to meet face-to-face as of March 13, 2020, have not withdrawn from Spring 2020, and have experienced expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic (including but not limited to food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care) can apply for one-time grant funds provided by the CARES Act. 

Students who previously applied for the local Minot State Student Emergency Fund will not need to submit an additional application for the CARES Act Emergency Grants.  Funds that students received from the local Minot State Student Emergency Fund will be considered in determining eligibility for the CARES Act Emergency Grants.

After the Spring 2020 semester ends, students must be registered for Summer and/or Fall semester to be eligible for a CARES Act Emergency Grant.

The Minot State CARES Act Emergency Grant Request Form is no longer accepting applications.

Minot State will review applications as they are submitted and will disburse funds to eligible students on a rolling basis. CARES Act Funds will be disbursed directly to students via Direct Deposit if they are enrolled for Direct Deposit of excess financial aid in Campus Connection or via check mailed to the home address listed in Campus Connection if not signed up for direct deposit.

Recipients will also be able to view their award in Campus Connection under the 2020 Financial Aid section.

Minot State’s model for distribution for applicants is outlined below and will be distributed based on the Expected Family Contribution calculated for each student on their completed 2019-20 FAFSA.  Funds that students received from the local Minot State Student Emergency Fund will be considered in determining eligibility amounts for the CARES Act Emergency Grants.

  • Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 to $6000 
$700
  • EFC of $6000-$10000   
$500
  • EFC of $10001 and higher 
$350

After processing grants for all eligible students who completed the CARE Act Emergency Grant Request form or the Minot State Student Emergency Fund, remaining CARES HEERF funds as of 10/14/20 were distributed to eligible student enrolled for fall 2020 with 2019-20 EFCs up to $10,000.  Each student received an additional $249.