Federal Relief Act Offers Funding for Northwest Technical College Students


Financial assistance is once again available for Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College students who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In December 2020, the U.S. Department of Education announced that funding is once again available for institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding was allocated to the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA).

The CRRSAA appropriated $187 million to the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities, with $1,406,649 allocated to Bemidji State and $98,277 to Northwest Tech.

In April 2020, BSU and NTC students received CARES act funding, the first round of support from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund for the purpose of providing emergency aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.

To be eligible for CRRSAA funding, students cannot have dropped, withdrawn or had a last day of attendance before January 15. They also must have been enrolled in credit-earning, semester-long courses no later than February 23.

Aid packages range from $175-$665 and are distributed on a rolling basis to eligible students.

Students can request additional awards through the special circumstances grant application. Additional funds from the new American Rescue Plan will also be available.




MN State logoNorthwest Technical College, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, has prepared students for fulfilling careers in high-demand fields for more than 50 years. The college’s accessible, affordable, hands-on programs also help the region’s employers meet their ever-growing need for a highly skilled workforce. NTC serves more than 1,000 students with an excellent education, an open-enrollment policy and affordable tuition. Students may pursue nearly 40 degree, diploma and certificate programs in six distinct career paths. Classes are offered on campus, online, or as a combination of both. NTC is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities. For more, visit ntcmn.edu.