South Dakota State University distributed more than $3 million to its students as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Nearly 5,300 students received funds. Students were eligible to receive up to $600 with the highest-need students receiving an additional grant of just over $300.

The money was distributed to students to cover expenses related to the disruption of the spring semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I was really pleased with how quickly we were able to get the funds into the hands our students. Through the coordinated efforts of several SDSU departments, we were able to pay most of the grant requests within two business days of receiving the application,” said Beth Vollan, SDSU’s director of financial aid and scholarships.

To qualify, students needed to meet the following requirements:

  • Been enrolled as a degree-seeking student on March 27;
  • Must have been eligible for Title IV aid;
  • Had not been enrolled in all online courses for the 2020 spring semester; and
  • Had expenses that resulted from the disruption of campus related to COVID-19.
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