How to get financial help

What is BSU doing to help students who have been financially impacted by the pandemic?

BSU disbursed approximately $4.5 million in emergency support to students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. BSU is increasing its student emergency funding by 35% in 2021 by allocating $6 million in new COVID-19 related student emergency funds and student support this calendar year.

What if I am experiencing extreme financial hardship?

First, you should contact your Financial Aid Counselor to discuss your current situation. Visit the Office of Financial Aid website.

The COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund (SEF) is a fund created to assist currently enrolled students who are experiencing a financial hardship related to COVID-19. To be considered for a grant through the COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund, please complete this online application. Students will be contacted within 48 hours either to discuss their application or to receive a decision about whether any funds can be allocated. More information about the Student Emergency Fund and the new COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund can be found on the intranet.

How do I apply for BSU CARES Act Book Assistance?

BSU CARES Act Book Assistance is designed to help relieve students of the financial burden of the cost of books during the COVID-19 pandemic for the spring 2021 semester beginning January 4, 2021 and ending February 19, 2021. Books can be obtained ONLY at the BSU Follett Bookstore via a onetime credit issued in the student's name. Students will NOT be able to obtain funding twice via this grant, during the spring 2021 semester. This credit will be good for books necessary for student's spring 2021 classes only. To apply for funds, please complete the BSU CARES Book Assistance application.


For further information please see the Student Finances section of the COVID-19 FAQs for Students.