President's Email to Students (May 4)

The following email was sent from the president's office to Missouri State students on May 4, 2020.

Dear student,

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Assistance, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides funding to universities for students who are experiencing financial hardship caused or exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Missouri State University’s plan includes $5.3 million to be paid through COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Grants.

These grants are designed to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

Grants may be awarded to students who meet all of the following criteria:

  • 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 (e.g., substantial expenditures or loss of income, low expected family contribution, inability to pay for expenses included in the cost of attendance, etc.).
  • Have made reasonable use of other sources of support.

Eligibility for these programs was established by the federal CARES Act.

Applications for Emergency Assistance Grants are due May 15

The Emergency Assistance Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and are not renewable. Award amounts will be determined based on your eligibility and circumstances but will not exceed $1,000 per application.

How to apply

Applicants who have not already submitted a 2019-2020 FAFSA form must also submit a FAFSA form by May 15 to verify Title IV eligibility.

Missouri State University Springfield students

  • Log into My Missouri State
    • 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 Assistance Application

If you are a Springfield student and have questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at FinancialAid@MissouriState.edu or 417-836-5262.

Missouri State University West Plains students

  • Log into My Grizzly Den
    • Click on the “My Enrollment” tab located on the top ribbon of the portal
    • Find the “Financial Aid Awards” section (located at the top right)
    • Click on CARES Act Emergency Assistance Application

If you are a West Plains student and have questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at WPFinancialAid@MissouriState.edu or 417-255-7243.

More information is available on Missouri State’s CARES Act FAQ website.

Sincerely,

President Clif Smart