Emergency Funds

Student In Need Grant (SING)    

Need-based up to $1,000

The Student In Need Grant (SING) was first established by an anonymous alumna who was proud of achieving her Master of Arts degree at MSP while enduring many life challenges. This individual vowed to uphold the spirit of giving by “passing it on” so that current students could be supported in the same way. Need-based grants are awarded to MA, MA w/ABA and PsyD students experiencing unforeseen financial hardship who have exhausted other avenues of funding. Students must be in good academic standing. This grant allows MSP to respond to unique situations that arise for students throughout the year. 

Student Emergency Loan Fund (SELF)  

Need-based up to $1,000

Available to MA, MA w/ABA and PsyD students. The Student Emergency Loan Fund (SELF) was established in 2005 by an anonymous donor to provide immediate aid to students with an emergency financial situation who have exhausted other available financial resources.  To be eligible, students must demonstrate financial need.

New (posted 3/22/2021)

Expanded SNAP Benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

Certain work and eligibility requirements that may have previously prevented your eligibility for this food assistance program have been removed. If the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on your current academic year FAFSA is zero, you may be eligible under the expansion of Federal SNAP benefits. These temporary rules are in place as long as the federal emergency remains in effect.

If your EFC is not currently zero, but there has been a significant loss of income due to the pandemic you may request to have Financial Aid revise the income information that was used when completing the FAFSA. To have your EFC re-evaluated, itemize your current estimated income for the period of September 2020 through August 2021, the MSP current academic year, and submit it with income documentation via email to [email protected].

If you have a zero EFC contact the Health and Human Services (HHS) office in the state of your legal residence. More information about student SNAP eligibility can be found here. Michigan HHS SNAP information can be found at this website or by calling 888-624-7434.

Financial Aid Budget Revision Request

Budget Increases for Additional Loan Eligibility – This is a reminder that per MSP standard policy and procedures, students may request a Financial Aid revision to their student budget for higher expenses, including expenses related to the pandemic. Increases to the student budget may result in additional borrowing eligibility through student loans – usually Grad PLUS Loan.

To request a budget revision for additional loan consideration you will create an Excel spreadsheet detailing your monthly expenses by category (Books & Supplies, Technology, Room & Board, Personal, Transportation) and forward that to [email protected] for review. Follow-up documentation may be requested. An additional Grad PLUS Loan application may be required.


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