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Emergency Assistance for Postsecondary Students (EAPS) Grant Program

Improving college retention and completion for students experiencing food/housing insecurity or an unforeseen financial emergency

The Office of Higher Education administers the Emergency Assistance for Postsecondary Students (EAPS) Grant Program to foster postsecondary attendance and retention for low-income students by providing funding and resources to Minnesota colleges and universities with a demonstrable homeless population. Grant funds are intended to meet immediate student needs related to housing, food, and transportation that would otherwise prevent students from completing their term.

Funding Source

The Minnesota Legislature established the EAPS Grant Program in May 2017. The 2017 Legislature provided $175,000 each year of the 2018-2019 biennium to support the grant program.


Minnesota postsecondary institutions with a demonstrable homeless student-population may apply for EAPS Grant funding.

Fiscal Year 2020 Request for Proposals is now available

May 29, 2019 Request for Proposals Available
May 1, 2019 (10:00am) Technical Assistance for interested applicants
May 17, 2019 Deadline for receipt of Intent to Submit forms
June 7, 2019 (4:30pm) Deadline for receipt of proposal
July 15, 2019 Notification of recommended grant awards
August 1, 2019 Project period starts with date of contract encumbrance

This is a two-year grant cycle. Contracts will be renewed for a second year with additional funding.
To register for the technical assistance session, contact
For any questions or if you are interested in reviewing proposals, please contact

Fiscal Year 2019 Grant Recipients

  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College
    (M State), M State Emergency Needs Fund
  • South Central College, South Central LifeSaver Program
  • Saint Paul CollegeEmergency Funds for Student Success
  • Riverland Community College, "River-Wide" Emergency Assistance Grant Program
  • Red Lake Nation College, Oshki Manidoo Emergency Aid Program: Emergency Assistance for Red Lake Nation College Students

Fiscal Year 2018 Grant Recipients

  • St. Catherine University, Katies Emergency Help
  • Century College, Emergency Assistance for Postsecondary Students Program
  • Inver Hills Community College, Acts of Kindness: Emergency Grants for Students in Need
  • Pine Technical and Community College, Pine Technical and Community College Emergency Student Support
  • Normandale Community College, Normandale Cares Student Emergency Assistance Program


If you have questions or would like additional information on the Emergency Assistance for Postsecondary Students Grant Program, contact Alaina DeSalvo by email at or (651) 259-3988.