Emergency Services

Learn more about the CARES Act

We understand life can be unpredictable. Unexpected costs and needs can cause significant stress and impact your academic success and personal wellbeing. That’s why at Bemidji State, we are working together to provide support to currently enrolled BSU students.

Emergency Aid assists students who are experiencing unexpected financial hardships that may disrupt their education or prevent them from earning their degree, including:

  • Emergency housing and living expenses
  • Family emergencies and communication with faculty
  • Food insecurity
  • Emergency counseling or mental health support
  • And more…

Aid may come in a variety of forms, including emergency appointments and help with communication, grants, loans and/or campus and community resources.

Learn more about emergency aid resources:

CARES Act Special Circumstances Grants 

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Special Circumstances Grants 

CARES Act Special Circumstances Grants: Students experiencing financial emergency situations as a result of COVID-19 may apply for emergency funds for support. Students who have filed – or who are eligible to file – a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may receive emergency financial aid grants. Those who are not eligible include: students enrolled exclusively online Spring 2020 prior to Friday, March 6, 2020; PSEO or concurrent enrollment students; students being assessed senior citizen tuition rates; those enrolled in non-credit classes; incarcerated students; and students (who are employees and not dependents) who have their tuition paid via employee waiver through Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Submitted applications will be carefully considered and reviewed. To learn more, click here

Random Acts of Kindness Grants

The Random Acts of Kindness program assists Bemidji State students who are experiencing temporary financial crises that may prevent them from making progress in their degrees. With grants ranging from $50 - $100,  this fund provides temporary help with rent, child care, medical care, gas and more.

The Random Acts of Kindness program assists Bemidji State students who are experiencing temporary financial crises that may prevent them from making progress in their degrees. With micro-grants ranging from $100-$200 per semester, this fund provides emergency temporary financial assistance with rent, childcare, medical care, gas and more. For more information, please contact Travis Greene, Associate Vice President for Student Life and Success, by emailing travis.greene@bemidjistate.edu.

Helping Hands (Naadamaageng) Grants

This fund helps American Indian students overcome short-term financial hurdles that could prevent them from completing their education. The BSU American Indian Resource Center (AIRC) presents one-time awards up to $500 from the Naadamaageng Fund to help deserving American Indian students overcome emergency financial obstacles on their way to achieving their education goals. For more information, please contact Chrissy Koch, AIRC Executive Director, by emailing christine.koch@bemidjistate.edu. 

Swipe Out Hunger Dining Services Meal Swipes

The Swipe Out Hunger program assists students who are experiencing food insecurity and could use a little help with receiving some regular meals. A limited number of meal swipes for Wally’s Dining Center will be loaded on to student ID cards and can be used at any of the regularly schedule meals at Wally’s.

Take What You Need Food Boxes

"Give What You Can, Take What You Need” food boxes are located all over campus and serve as an informal food pantry for students to take food that will support their needs. Click here for a list of current box locations. 

Additional Community Resources

This Community Resource Guide will help you as a Bemidji area resident and BSU student with information about community services, finances, wellness, and more.

BSU & NTC Food Pantry

In partnership with the United Way of the Bemidji Area, and through generous donations by BSU/NTC faculty and staff, the Food Pantry provides BSU and NTC students with supplemental, shelf-stable groceries for no cost. For more information, please contact Nina Johnson, Hobson Memorial Union Director, by emailing nina.johnson@bemidjistate.edu. 


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