Student Financial Assistance

CARES Act Funding

As part of the CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, Delta State University has received $1,262,219.00 to assist students who encountered campus disruptions due to COVID-19.  These grant funds do not need to be repaid nor will they impact your eligibility for future federal financial aid (such as Pell Grant, federal student loans, or federal work study).  The funds will be refunded directly to the student and not be applied towards an outstanding account balance. Refunds will be processed via check or direct deposit, depending upon your current refund method with Student Business Services.

Eligibility Requirements: 

In order to qualify for assistance, students must meet several eligibility components.  Listed below are the specific stipulations:

  • Students must have been enrolled in classes prior to March 13th.
  • Students enrolled in ONLY online classes/programs prior to March 13th are NOT eligible.
  • Students must be eligible for Title IV aid, which means the student fulfills the following requirements:
    • Have submitted a 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 FAFSA application (studentaid.gov)
    • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
    • Have a valid Social Security number
    • Be registered with Selective Service – males only (sss.gov)
    • Have a high school diploma, General Education Development (GED), or its equivalent
    • Be fully-admitted and degree-seeking in a program of study
    • Maintained Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for financial aid eligibility
    • Have not defaulted on student loans or owe a refund on a federal grant program
    • Must not have any unresolved drug convictions
    • For spring 2020, approximately 1,461 students are eligible for Title IV aid.  For fall 2020, approximately 1,531 student are eligible for Title IV aid. (Number of eligible students changed due to revised specifications of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund-Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.)

Allowable Expenses and Documentation:

Students may have incurred unexpected expenses due to COVID-19.  This list is not all inclusive, but examples may include:

  • Travel
  • Living expenses (rent, utilities, and etc.)
  • Childcare
  • Technology
  • Loss of income
  • Medical
  • Food
  • Miscellaneous needs

In order to account for the unexpected, please provide documentation to validate your expense(s).    This may include receipts, bills, or etc. Award amounts vary based on expenses and documentation.

Application Link: 

If you have incurred any unexpected expenses due to campus closing for COVID-19 and you meet all of the eligibility requirements as listed above, please submit the electronic application which was emailed to your Okramail account on May 11th.  For fall 2020, students who met the required criteria were emailed an application link on September 1st.  The deadline to apply was October 1st.  You must use your Okramail email account to access and submit the application.

Application Review and Award Notification: 

Upon submission of your application, you will receive an automated acknowledgement.

Applications will be reviewed within fourteen business days.

If additional information is requested, you will be contacted via your Okramail email address.

Award amounts may vary and not explicitly cover the amount requested.

Once a decision has been rendered, your financial aid award information on myDSUonline will be updated and you will receive an electronic award notification to your Okramail address.

Contact Information: 

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Megan Smith, Director of the Office of Financial Assistance at mlsmith@deltastate.edu

Report of Emergency Aid Grants to Students: