|March 21, 2013
SAF distributes $1.25 million in Acce$$ grant funds to help Montana students
Students attending Montana’s postsecondary institutions in Academic Year 2013-14 will benefit from $1.25 million in Acce$$ Grant funds distributed by nonprofit Student Assistance Foundation recently.
The grants are awarded each year by SAF to Montana students through financial aid offices at all Montana postsecondary schools, including tribal and private institutions, and two-year and four-year schools. The amount awarded to each school is based on their relative share of resident enrollment and Pell Grant recipients.
Financial aid officers use the grants to help students in need pay for their education. Individual award amounts vary by student and are determined by the financial aid office.
“We’ve reworked the Acce$$ Grant program to ensure that the dollars go to Montana resident students with financial need,” said Kelly Cresswell, vice president of foundation activities. “Many Montana students face financial barriers to pursuing postsecondary education, and Acce$$ Grants are a significant portion of need-based grant dollars available for Montana students.”
The Acce$$ Grant program was established in 2000, and since that time, SAF has distributed almost $12 million in Acce$$ Grant funds for allocation by financial aid officers to students who meet their school’s criteria.
“The financial situation in our house is a balancing act among work, school and childcare expenses,” said Flathead Valley Community College student Shane Cooke, a 2012-13 recipient of Acce$$ Grant funds. “This Acce$$ Grant will have a major impact on the financial situation for my family.”
Student Assistance Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Montana corporation that provides students with knowledge and tools to pursue and fund their postsecondary education. Funds generated by SAF are returned to Montanans in the form of education grants and public benefit programs - to date more than $26 million. For more information, visit www.safmt.org or www.SmartAboutCollege.org.
|2013/14 Academic Year Acce$$ Grants|
|Aaniiih Nakoda (Fort Belknap College)||$5,798|
|Blackfeet Community College||$15,704|
|Chief Dull Knife College||$8,966|
|Dawson Community College||$9,649|
|Flathead Valley Community College||$68,853|
|Fort Peck Community College||$16,065|
|Great Falls College MSU||$58,904|
|Helena College UM||$50,659|
|Little Big Horn College||$11,658|
|Miles Community College||$11,550|
|Montana Tech of The UM and Highlands College||$70,396|
|MSU Billings & City College||$143,160|
|Montana State University||$264,929|
|Rocky Mountain College||$18,474|
|Salish Kootenai College||$29,632|
|Stone Child College||$9,575|
|University of Great Falls||$22,442|
|The University of Montana & Missoula College||$344,771|
|The University of Montana Western||$32,547|