Northern distributes CARES Act grants, creates Student Emergency Relief Fund

Advisor helping student with paperwork

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University is helping students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic any way it can including finding ways to provide financial assistance.

One method of financial help was provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. Northern received $329,889 in CARES Act funding to be awarded to students, said NSU Director of Financial Aid Sharon Kienow. Nearly all of the funds have been disbursed to 274 students, Kienow said.

The NSU Foundation has also created a Student Emergency Relief Fund to assist students impacted by COVID-19 or other emergencies. This fund is made possible thanks to gifts from the university’s generous donors. To make a contribution, visit the NSU Foundation Giving webpage, or contact the Foundation at 605-626-2550 or

For both funds, grant money can be used by eligible students for college-related expenses including tuition and fees, course materials, housing, meals, technology, health care and child care.

“Our main goal is for our students to have the best educational experience possible, and we know it’s difficult for students to do that when they have financial concerns,” said NSU President Dr. Tim Downs. “We’re thrilled that we’re able to help our students this way, so they can continue to focus on their studies and stay on track with their college experience.”

To learn more about funding available for Northern students, contact NSU Financial Aid at 605-626-2640 or

About Northern State University

Northern State University is a student-centered institution that provides an outstanding educational experience, preparing students through the liberal arts and professional education for their future endeavors. A regional university, Northern offers rigorous academics; diverse civic, social and cultural opportunities; and a commitment to building an inclusive environment for all points of view. Northern also offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 15 NCAA Division II intercollegiate varsity sports that compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NSIC). The university strives to enrich the community through partnerships such as its Educational Impact Campaign, which opened a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; new athletic and recreation fields; and, soon, an on-campus regional sports complex. With the $55 million campaign, NSU has been the recipient of more than $120 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions.