ARPA Covid-19 Emergency Grant


Minnesota State University, Mankato is dedicated to helping students who are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. This COVID-19 Emergency Grant has been created to help students cover any component of the cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or childcare.


To apply and be considered for a Covid-19 Emergency Grant, students must meet all the following criteria:

  • Experienced financial hardship due to Covid-19 related difficulties,
  • Enrolled in at least one Fall 2021 semester course (students enrolled in all non-credit courses are not eligible for this funding),
  • Did not receive an ARPA automatic payment,
  • Not incarcerated,
  • Not a Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) student,
  • Not a concurrently enrolled high school student,
  • Not a Senior Citizen receiving a tuition discount rate,
  • Not receiving emergency grant funds from the Governor’s Emergency Educational Relief (GEER) program
  • Not a Minnesota State employee receiving a tuition waiver benefit.


Applications are no longer being accepted.

If you already submitted this application, please allow 2-3 weeks to receive an update on the status of your application.

For questions on the ARPA COVID-19 Emergency Grant, please contact the Campus Hub at or 507-389-1866.

If you do not meet the eligibility requirements for the ARPA COVID-19 Emergency Grant but are still in need of financial assistance for an emergency, you may be eligible for a Minnesota State University, Mankato emergency grant. Go to for more information.

Receiving the payment

If your application is approved, the method of payment will be based on your consent to apply the funds to your unpaid University charges. If you give consent to apply these funds to your unpaid University charges, then any remaining funds after your charges are paid will be issued to you. If your charges are more than the payment, no funds will be issued to you.

If you do not give consent to apply these funds to your University charges or you have remaining funds after your charges are paid, payment will be delivered as a direct deposit, according to your current authorization, which you may set up, review, or update through Student E-Services. Direct deposit is the quickest and most secure method for receiving these funds from the University. 

If you do not have an active direct deposit authorization, payment will be issued as a check and mailed to the current permanent address on your student record with the University. If this check is not cashed within the designated timeframe, the check will be cancelled and the eligibility for these funds may be forfeited. So, it’s important you review your permanent address on E-services to ensure we have the correct address and for you to watch your mail.

If you have an unpaid balance of University charges, we encourage you to consider making a payment toward your balance on E-services once you receive this payment, as an unpaid balance can prevent registering for classes and accessing academic transcripts.