Montclair State University will disburse more than $13 million in aid to students throughout the month of February from its share of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III.

Funds awarded under this program include an allocation of more than $2 million of funds originally designated for institutional needs, according to an MSU release. These payments will bring the total pandemic relief aid provided to students since spring 2020 to more than $60 million.

"We are opting to distribute these additional funds to students in recognition of the many challenges they have faced during the pandemic," Vice President for Finance and Treasurer Donna McMonagle said in the release.

Notifications to students began Feb. 7. Funds will be awarded to the students with the greatest individual need after review of current available financial aid and payment information, the school said.

Students who may not be eligible for these funds will have an opportunity to apply for relief funds, according to the release. Students will be sent a separate survey to determine their eligibility. Students should also be aware they may be eligible for reconsideration of their financial aid package if their circumstances have changed due to the pandemic.

For more information on financial aid at Montclair State University, visit montclair.edu/red-hawk-central/financial-aid/.