MSUB Student Crisis Fund
The Montana State University Billings’ Student Crisis fund has been established to help currently enrolled students on the path to academic success during a personal and unexpected crisis or hardship. Whether they need to replace personal belongings after a devastating fire, cannot afford necessary prescriptions, or are unable to pay for an emergency medical procedure, the fund provides financial assistance. Through this fund, students discover the very essence of the Yellowjacket community. We provide care and support beyond counseling and community. That outreach, fueled by the spirit of the University’s student-centered approach, can take many forms – a plane ticket, a week’s supply of groceries, a winter coat, a rental car, a prescription fill, just to name a few.
Funds are made available through the generous donations of family, friends and alumni of Montana State University Billings. The funds are intended to provide financial assistance to current MSU Billings students only.
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.
As a student enrolled at Montana State University Billings during the fall 2020 semester and one who has completed the Federal Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA), you could be eligible for a CARES Act grant provided through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. Complete this application as soon as possible as this grant can help provide you with some financial relief.
Student Crisis Fund Qualifications
Students who would like to be considered for limited funding available through the Student Crisis Fund must meet the following criteria:
Enrolled for the current or – if request is between academic terms - upcoming semester taking a minimum of 6-credits, making progress in the respective plan of study
Be in good standing with the University in all of the below, defined as:
- Financial: No outstanding balance to the University; or must be current with payments as approved via Business Services
- Academic: A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. If student was enrolled prior to the current semester for which the funds are being requested, the prior semester GPA must have been a minimum of 2.0.
- Financial Aid: If the student applicant is receiving Financial Aid through the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, the student must be maintaining the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards established by the Financial Aid Office.
For more information, please read our Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.
Student Code of Conduct: If a student has been found responsible for violating the MSU Billings Code of Student Conduct, this will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Procedure to request funds
When a student experiences a hardship or an unforeseen financial difficulty and needs assistance to cover essential needs, a faculty or staff member may complete a Student Crisis Fund Request at the link below. This may be done in conjunction with the student or on behalf of the student. Funds may be requested for a student one time/year.
The form asks for very basic information about the student and provides an opportunity to describe the circumstances of the need. The details of the student’s information and circumstances will be kept confidential.
The Student Crisis Fund Advisory Committee (Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Financial Aid Director, Dean of Students and Foundation Representative) will consider each request and determine whether the Fund could be used for the circumstance. Decisions will be made as soon as possible depending on the urgency of the need.
The Committee will:
- Review the application along with any supporting documentation;
- Make a decision to accept, reject or suggest other resources to address the need;
- If request is accepted, determine an appropriate dollar amount; and
- Provide details in writing to the applicant.
Examples of how current situations/students could immediately benefit from such a fund:
Students are required to have 2 MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) immunizations in order to continue their enrollment at MSUB. MSUB student Health Services offers the immunization to students, which can be billed to the student’s account; however, there are times when the student does not have the funds to cover the bill.
- The ability to purchase a gas card for a student to get home in case of an emergency.
- The ability to purchase a jacket for a student during the winter season if they do not own one.
- Lack of funds to pay the graduation application fee ($50)
Victim of a crime and school supplies/items were stolen (backpack, flashdrive)
Broken equipment utilized in an academic setting (tools, etc)
- Student is unable to afford a prescription