Dash Grant

Having trouble with rent this month? Car trouble? Getting behind on bills? Undergraduate students who find themselves in a financial crisis which could put their academic success at risk can apply for the Dash Grant.

Who is Eligible?

  • Undergraduate (full time or part time)
  • Main campus student
  • Registered for classes during the term when the hardship occurred
  • Expected family contribution on the FAFSA is $7,000 or less
  • Never received Dash funds through UMary
  • Applying for an eligible financial emergency

Financial emergencies are unexpected expenses that, if not resolved quickly, could lead to a student's departure from the college and loss of momentum toward completion.

Eligible expenses include but are not limited to:

  • Childcare
  • Food/Meals
  • Gas
  • Housing/Rent
  • Medical expenses
  • Vehicle expenses/transportation
  • Utilities

Ineligible expenses include: tuition, fees, fines, parking, textbooks, required equipment/tools for program, entertainment expenses, alcohol/tobacco.

How do I receive Dash Grant funds?

  • Review eligibility criteria and apply online
  • Gather documentation of the financial emergency. It is required and will expedite the process.


How are funding decisions made?

  1. Student Success Center (SSC) receives eligibility/referral forms and verifies initial eligibility.
  2. SSC contacts you to inform you of eligibility status and support services that may be of assistance.
  3. Meet with SSC staff to complete full Dash Grant application.
  4. Dash Grant Committee (three UMary staff members) convene to vote on application within two business days.
  5. Business office disburses funds to vendor within two business days of grant application approval.

What is the maximum amount I can receive?

You can receive a one-time grant of up to $1000. Grant funds cannot be disbursed to a student directly; funds must be paid to a vendor or dispersed in the form of a gift card.

How long are funds available?

The grant period is now through August 31, 2019.

For more information please contact Lynn Dodge, Dash Program Coordinator, at [email protected] or (701) 355-8264.