Student Emergency Fund

The online application for a Spring 2022 ARPA Student Emergency Financial Aid Grant is currently closed.

Applications are received on a first-come, first-served basis and based on the number of applications already received and pending review, all available grant funds are anticipated to be fully exhausted.

Through the ARPA Student Emergency Financial Aid Grant Program over 500 MSU Students have received much-needed emergency grants totaling more than $500,000, which have allowed them to continue their collegiate studies at MSU Texas while facing difficult financial challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Though it is unlikely, please check back on April 1, 2022 for an update if any additional grant funds have been identified.Should additional funds be available, the grant application will re-activate on April 1.



ARPA Student Emergency Financial Aid Grant 

The purpose of the ARPA Emergency Financial Aid Grant program is to provide assistance to MSU students who have exceptional need and are experiencing extraordinary financial circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The U.S. Department of Education defines exceptional need as when students have faced significant unexpected expenses either for themselves or that would affect their financial circumstances, such as loss of employment, reduced income, or food or housing insecurity.

Emergency financial aid grants may be used by students towards any component of their cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.

Grants are made possible through funding from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). The grants are not subject to federal taxes and the receipt of a grant does not impact a student's financial aid eligibility. Funds are not considered loans and do not require repayment. Grants will be awarded until funds have been exhausted. Students may only receive one ARPA Emergency Financial Aid Grant during the 2021-22 academic year. Decisions regarding the approval and disbursement of funds are made by a University committee.

Examples of eligible expenses include the following:

  • Housing (e.g. rent or emergency shelter)
  • Food and/or water (e.g. groceries, personal hygiene items)
  • Medical or health expenses (e.g. Doctor visits, prescriptions and/or mental health services)
  • Utilities (e.g. electricity, natural gas, water/sewer)
  • Transportation-related expenses (e.g. fuel, tire repair, insurance deductible from an accident)
  • Tuition and course fees
  • School-related expenses (e.g. textbooks, school supplies, mandatory proctoring fees for computer-based tests)
  • Replacement of essential items due to fire, natural disaster, or theft (e.g. eye glasses, clothing, furniture, etc.)
Eligibility Requirements

Students applying for an Emergency Financial Aid Grant must be currently enrolled at MSU at the time of application. Distance education students, students who did not complete a FAFSA, and students who are not eligible for Title IV funding (such as international students, DACA recipients, DREAMers, and similar undocumented students) are eligible to apply. High school dual credit/concurrent students are not eligible. Students with balances owed to MSU are eligible.

Applicants must have exceptional financial need and be experiencing extraordinary financial circumstances. Exceptional need can include students who receive Pell Grants or may be eligible for other federal or state need-based aid. Exceptional need can also include students who have faced significant unexpected expenses, such as the loss of employment (either for themselves or their families), reduced income, or food or housing insecurity.

Applicants are expected to provide documentation of the emergency or essential expense(s) for which funds are being requested as part of the application process.  


To apply for funds, please click on the “Complete the Student Emergency Fund Application” button on this webpage. The application is a secure online form through Mustangs Link, which requires a student to log in using their my.MSUTEXAS student credentials.

A student will receive notice of their application being approved or denied through Mustangs Link.