Emergency Assistance

Emergency Assistance Details

Emergency assistance provides grant funding to support eligible students at risk of dropping out of college due to an unexpected financial emergency. Emergency assistance is intended as a one-time award per academic year for unforeseeable emergency situations. Eligible expenses include housing/rent, childcare, food/meals, gas, medical/dental expenses, personal automobile expenses, public transportation/bus pass and utilities. 

Award grants of up to $750 to eligible students experiencing a financial emergency—defined as an unforeseen expense that, if not resolved quickly, could lead to the student’s departure from the college and a loss of momentum toward completion. To be eligible for Emergency assistance, students should:

  • Create an account using their ‘school email’ (firstname.lastname@go.minnesota.edu) on the Beam portal. Check school email messages and verify your account. 
  • Login to Beam to complete an application. Be as descriptive of your situation as possible to help the review team get a complete understanding of your situation. Upload any supporting documentation of expenses or estimates that demonstrate the need for assistance. Eligible expenses include but are not limited to: 
    • Housing (eviction notice, mortgage foreclosure, past due, etc.)
    • Transportation (vehicle repair estimate, etc., cannot assist with purchasing another vehicle.)
    • Food 
    • Medical/Dental
    • Childcare (bill/statement from provider)
  • Be enrolled in courses for the academic term in which the Emergency Assistance grant is awarded.
  • Be a degree-seeking student and meet your institution’s satisfactory academic progress requirements as of the date of the award. (e.g. Not on academic suspension of any kind.) Please visit the link to the institution's policy on satisfactory academic progress.


Expenses that are Not eligible are expected school expenses such as parking, fines, fees, tuition, books, laptop, laptop/computer equipment, course supplies and program required tools/equipment.

Students who are Not Eligible for M State Emergency Assistance:
• Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) or concurrent enrollment students;
• Students who are concurrently enrolled at another institution and M State is not the home institution (i.e. consortium students);
• Students (who are M State employees and not dependents) who have their tuition paid via employee waiver through Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

Please contact the campus social worker for more information or questions about M State Emergency Assistance or additional supportive resources to help your situation:


Tyler Strand (Moorhead campus)



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Lori Hinrich (Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls and Wadena campuses)



Schedule on-campus or virtual appointment here