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

MSU-Northern CARES Act Student Emergency Funding (HEERF) Report

MSU-Northern signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on April 17, 2020, and intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Reporting Date Students Receiving Grants Funds Distributed Estimated Eligible Students Certification & Agreement Signed Total Received Total To Distribute Directly to Students





$911,298.00 $455,649.00





$911,298.00 $455,649.00





$911,298.00 $455,649.00

 The Financial Aid Department examined a list of all students enrolled on March 27, 2020 (date CARES Act signed). From that list, students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act were extracted. All eligible students were sent an email and text (where available) with a link to the HEERF application. Students completed the application, identifying which unforeseen circumstances they faced due to the disruption on campus, related to COVID-19, and returned them to the Financial Aid office. Financial Aid personnel reviewed the applications to determine eligibility for the funds. Eligible students enrolled in 6 credits or less were granted $350, and those enrolled in 7 or more credits were granted $700.

MSU-Northern posted the following information to students on the Financial Aid page of the website, and a link to this page was made available to eligible students via email and text (where available).

COVID-19 CARES Act Funding 

Dear Students,

Montana State University-Northern has received Higher Education Emergency Relief Grant funding from the Department of Education as part of the CARES Act. This funding is available to qualifying students for assistance with expenses that have been incurred due to the disruption of campus operations related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please review the full details on the provided CARES Act FAQ document. After review and confirmation of eligibility, should you decide to apply, please do so by completing the CARES Act Funding Application (you will need to download the document prior to completing in order to save and send to Financial Aid). Applications, for eligible students, will be processed until the funds are exhausted.


 MSU-Northern Financial Aid Office