FARGO — North Dakota State University distributed more than $3 million to 7,874 students as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. Eligible students were able to receive an initial grant up to $600, depending on financial need.

The CARES Act, which was signed into law March 27, included emergency funding to institutions of higher education. The funds helped offset unexpected expenses students may have incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including food, housing, technology, health care, child care and course-related material.

Students may be eligible to apply for additional grants to help with personal financial hardship. To qualify, they must meet the following requirements:

  • Enrolled at least half-time in the spring semester as of March 27, 2020, in a degree-seeking program.
  • Title IV eligible and qualified to receive financial aid from the federal government.
  • Not enrolled in an online program for the 2020 spring semester.

The initial disbursement of CARES Act funds to students started May 14. Applications will continue to be processed weekly through the month of June, or until funding is exhausted. An additional $500,000 is planned to be distributed later this summer.