While students are generally expected to be thoughtful and responsible when it comes to budgeting for the costs associated with pursuing their college degree, MTSU is well aware that an unexpected life crisis can create a significant academic hardship for students. While the university is not able to solve every financial crisis that may emerge, resources may be available to help students manage a temporary unexpected set-back that threatens their ability to complete their college degree.
These microgrants are designed to provide funding to help address verified need associated with a student’s education; as such they may be used to help provide funds for tuition/fees, books, housing, transportation, etc. Students may request the funds to pay off a small prior term balance if that balance is preventing their continuing registration. However, the microgrant will NOT be used to pay off outstanding student debts on the student account automatically. In other words, if the microgrant is to assist the student with immediate food needs, outstanding balances on the student account will NOT be deducted from the award prior to disbursement.
To be eligible, students must be in academic good standing, with a minimum of a 2.0 overall cumulative GPA at the time of the request. Students must be classified as degree seeking and be enrolled in six (6) credit hours during fall/spring semesters and/or enrolled in three (3) credit hours during the summer. Students must also demonstrate satisfactory academic progress as determined by the MTSU Financial Aid office. Students currently on financial aid warning, probation or suspension are not eligible. Students receiving other forms of financial aid may not receive the mini-grant if it will cause them to exceed their allowable Total Cost of Attendance calculation.
For additional information regarding the Micro (Emergency) Grant Program please contact your advisor directly or the University College Dean's Office, 615-494-8876.