Proposed Spring 2022 Enrolled Student Auto-Award Amounts per EFC/Credit Load

EFC* - Estimated Family Contribution

Proposed Spring 2022

Enrolled Credits

As of 2/10/2022

 

2 to 5credits

 

6 to 8credits

 

9 to 11credits

 

12+credits

FAFSA $0 EFC* $375 $475 $850 $1,200
FAFSA >$0-10k EFC* $325 $425 $750 $950
FAFSA >$10k-20k EFC* $275 $375 $650 $850
FAFSA >$20k-30k EFC* $225 $325 $550 $750
FAFSA >$30+k EFC* $175 $275 $450 $650
No FAFSA* $125 $225 $350 $550

* Funds will be applied after the 15th day of class to students enrolled. Funds only available to degree seeking students. Completing the FAFSA may increase your award. Students with exceptional need may apply for additional funding.

  • MSU Billings has signed and returned the Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Studentsand intends to provide at least 50 percent of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grants directly to students. MSU Billings Chancellor Dan Edelman submitted the signed Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students on April 14, 2020.  
  • MSU Billings will receive $2,193,195 in two disbursements.  The first of $1,096,975 has been received on May 4, 2020 and is currently offered to eligible students.
  • As of October 1, 2021 MSUB has awarded 3101 students through an automated process using the student’s FAFSA EFC and enrollment level as of census day, September 28, 2021.  The payment grid for Phase One awarding is shown below:

Proposed Spring 2022

Enrolled Credits

As of 2/10/2022

2 to 5 credits 6 to 8 credits 9 to 11 credits 12+ credits
FAFSA $0 EFC* $375 $475 $850 $1,200
FAFSA >$0-10k EFC* $325 $425 $750 $950
FAFSA >$10k-20k EFC* $275 $375 $650 $850
FAFSA >$20k-30k EFC* $225 $325 $550 $750
FAFSA >$30+k EFC* $175 $275 $450 $650
No FAFSA* $125 $225 $350 $550

The total amount awarded was $2,014,375 for an average award of $649.59 per student.

Phase Two awarding will be based on the submission of a supplemental application on the finaid site:

https://www.msubillings.edu/finaid/ARPA.htm

Student applications will be reviewed, and those approved will be awarded based on the chart below:

Spring Enrolled Credits

As of Application

2 to 5 Credits 6 to 8 Credits 9 to 11 Credits 12+ Credits
Expenses Documented Between $2001 - $3000 TBD TBD TBD TBD
Expenses Documented Between $1001 - $2000 TBD TBD TBD TBD
Expenses Documented Below $1000 TBD TBD TBD TBD

  • As of June 30, 2021 MSUB has awarded 955 students a total of $860,030 in CARES abd HEERF II funds through the spring 2021 term.  This comprises an average award of $900.55 per student.  For the summer term, full-time undergraduate students with high Pell need amounted to 389 students at $403,860 while no-Pell came to 228 students at $221,550.  Part-time high Pell had 169 students for a total of $118,500 and part-time no Pell had 110 students for a total awarded of $771,550.  Full-time graduate student awards totaled 32 students for $28,900 while part-time graduate students received 27 awards for a total of $15,670.
  • As of June 11, 2021 MSUB has awarded 797 students $784,145 in CARES and HERRF II funds for the spring 2021 term.  This comprises an average award per student of $983.87.  At present, no HEERF III (American Rescue Plan) dollars have been awarded to students.  Once the HEERF II funds have been utilized, ARP awarding will begin.  In addition to spring awards, a total of 118 summer students have received $89,900 in awards for an average payment of $761.86.  The smaller average award for summer is indicative of the larger number of students who enrolled part-time.
  • As of May 19, 2020, MUS Billings has awarded 120 students for a total of $81,625 of the first CARES Act allocation.
  • As of June 24, 2020- MSUB has awarded 402 students with a total of $270,655 in CARES Act Section 1800 (a)(1) funding.  This is an average award per student of $673.27
  • As of August 27, 2020- MSUB has awarded 506 students (spring and summer) with a total of $322,655 in CARES Act Section 1800 (a)(1) funding.  This is an average award per student of $637.66.  In addition, preliminary awarding for the fall term as of this reporting date has an additional $150,000 for 155 students for an average award of $967.74. These will not be disbursed until fall census can confirm enrollment on September 9, 2020.  This comprises an actual and anticipated total disbursement 9/6/2020 of $472,655.
  • As of October 30, 2020- MSUB has awarded 1299 students (spring, summer and fall) with a total of $819,930 in CARES Act Section 1800 (a)(1) funding.  This is an average award per student of $628.12.
  • As of December 31, 2020- MSUB has awarded 1327 students (spring, summer and fall) with a total of $860,030 in CARES Act Section 1800 (a)(1) funding.  This is an average per student of $648.10.
  • Quarterly CARES/HEERF Report for March 31, 2021

    As of March 31, 2021- MSUB has paid the remaining CARES allocation consisting of 233 awards for a total award amount of $236,945.  The MSUB HERRF II awards for the quarter consists of 348 students awarded for a total of $338,200 or an average award of $971.84

  • Federal Work Study to SEOG CARES assistance: MSU Billings has awarded 200 students for a total of $77,560 in actual paid students. The earlier posing of $100,000 was reduced to account for student changes/withdrawals, etc.
  • MSU Billings has identified 961 FAFSA-eligible students who enrolled for the spring 2020 semester. The first phase of awarding will go to our highest need students with a $0 Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The total number of $0 EFC eligible students is 532. Per federal and state guidelines issued by the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education (OCHE), awards will have a general maximum of $800. Exceptional circumstances will be reviewed on a case by case where higher amounts will be considered.
  • The MSU Billings awarding process will progress in stages in accordance with the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education (OCHE) guidelines.  
  • The awarding priorities will be:
    • First Priority: Spring 2020 students- highest need students first, mid-range EFC, then all other FAFSA eligible students.
    • Second Priority: Summer 2020 students
    • Third Priority: Fall 2020 students
    • Fourth Priority: Spring 2021 students until funds are exhausted.
  • The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act provides emergency assistance to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations resulting from the COVID-19 health crisis. Eligible expenses include but are not limited to food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare. 

Institutional CARES Report Details

Institutional CRRSA Report Details

Institutional ARPA Report Details

ARPA FAQ

Spring 2022 degree seeking students who are U.S. citizens are eligible for the ARPA award. Per ARPA guidelines, MSUB is required to prioritize students with exceptional financial need, such as students who receive Pell Grants. MSUB has done this by utilizing the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the 2021-2022 FAFSA.

For fall 2021, this award is based on your fall 2021 credit load which will be verified after September 28, 2021. For spring 2022, this award is based on your spring 2022 credit load which will be verified on Feb. 8, 2022. After February 8, 2022, students with extraordinary need can use this link to apply for additional funds to be considered and awarded on a case by case basis.

This award will be processed through your student account for you to decide how the funds will be used. Update your student account information and preferences by visiting www.msubillings.edu and logging into MyInfo or by contacting businessoffice@msubillings.edu. For faster payment processing, sign up for direct deposit and update your mailing address. Business Services will process the funds through direct deposit or send a check to your home mailing address. The spring 2022 award will be processed AFTER February 8, 2022 when your spring course credits are verified. The award amount is contingent on your credit load for spring 2022. The award will be disbursed after February 8, 2022.

No, the ARP funds are not considered financial aid nor are they considered a resource that will impact future financial aid awards.

No, the ARPA funds are considered necessary relief as the result of a qualified disaster, which is excluded from a taxpayer’s gross income under Section 139 of the U.S. tax code.

These funds have been provided to help ease the financial burden the pandemic has caused students seeking post-secondary education. The funds should be used to help cover the cost of attendance which varies according to each student. Some costs related to college attendance could include the following: tuition, housing, food, books, supplies, course materials, transportation, childcare, technology, etc.

YES! It is advantageous for every student to complete the FAFSA. To get started visit studentaid.gov. MSUB’s FAFSA code is 002530. If you need assistance, contact the MSUB Office of Financial Aid at 406-657-2188 or finaid@msubillings.edu or visit us on the University Campus on McMullen One.

Your EFC is on the Student Aid Report (SAR) that all FAFSA filers receive as well as online through your “My Info” Financial Aid tab.  Students can review award amounts, budget for the year and if they have any remaining unmet need in their award package.