COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund

The COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund provides limited emergency financial support to currently enrolled students who are unable to meet essential expenses resulting from a financial hardship encountered as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic such that their capability to continue coursework is in jeopardy.

Funds are awarded directly to a receiving student. Fund amounts range from $25 to $250 per student and are typically only awarded once. Decisions regarding disbursement of funds are made on a case-by-case basis. Other possible financial resources must have been considered and are either insufficient or not available in a timely manner to cover the essential expense. Funds are not considered loans and do not require repayment. Funds may be considered income and therefore subject to federal taxes, for which the accepting individual is responsible.

Examples of essential expenses that may be considered for funding include:

  • Housing (e.g. rent or emergency shelter)
  • Food and/or water (e.g. groceries)
  • Prescriptions and/or medical expenses
  • Utilities (e.g. electricity, natural gas, water/sewer)
  • School-related expenses
  • Safety-related needs (lock change on vehicle or home)
  • Replacement of essential items due to fire, natural disaster, theft, or accident (e.g. eye glasses, tire repair, etc.)

Examples of expenses not covered may include, but are not limited to:

  • University tuition and/or fees
  • Parking tickets or other fines
  • Health insurance
  • Non-essential utilities (e.g. cable, Internet, phone)
  • Application or testing fees
  • Household costs not related to damage or theft
  • Costs for entertainment, recreation, or non-emergency travel
  • Medical expenses for a family member or friend
Eligibility Requirements

Students seeking financial assistance must be currently enrolled in classes at MSU Texas and should be able to provide documentation of their financial hardship. A student who has a past due balance with MSU Texas is eligible to apply for funds.


MSU Texas students with a temporary financial hardship resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic such that their capability to continue coursework is in jeopardy may apply for financial help. The student will receive a notice of their application being approved or denied through their MSU email account.

The COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund is made possible through generous donations of MSU Texas alumni, employees, parents, members of the local community, and area foundations, businesses, unions, and organizations. Thank you for your support!