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UMW Provides CARES Act Emergency Federal Grants to Students

May 29, 2020

Qualifying students at Montana Western began receiving federal aid last week to cover eligible financial expenses caused by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic this spring.

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Additionally, the Montana Western Foundation has given almost $20,000 to students in emergency aid across the state, including to students in the Little Big Horn College Teacher Education partnership program.

Montana Western received $582,451 to provide direct aid grants to students through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES. The UMW Foundation raised the additional private funds.

Montana Western awarded funds to students based on the guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, with a focus based on those with the highest financial need based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form, or FAFSA.

Eligibility Requirements Per Federal Regulations:

  • Have completed FAFSA for 2019-2020
  • Have a declared major that is eligible for financial aid
  • Be enrolled in Spring 2020 for at least 1 credit hour on or after March 23
  • Making Satisfactory Academic Progress during Spring 2020
  • Be a citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Completed at least one credit hour in Spring 2020 with a grade of D or better

As of May 28, 271 Montana Western students have been awarded a total of $183,150.49. The funds will be awarded throughout the pandemic to students who submit an online form, including summer and fall 2020 students. Each eligible student can apply for up to $800 in funding (or more if they demonstrate additional need) and can use the assistance towards any of their expenses including housing, food and childcare. Students should continue to monitor their university email accounts for more information and to apply.

Montana Western students were sent an initial email May 6, with a link to an online application to apply for the emergency grants. Students are encouraged to respond as soon as possible but can submit their application while funds remain available.

To learn more, please contact the Montana Western Financial Aid Office at [email protected] or 406-683-7893.