CARES Act Funds

To support our students through the coronavirus pandemic, UTSA has updated the Emergency Aid Application to account for COVID-19, in an effort to distribute the federal CARES Act funding towards emergency aid.

CARES Reports & Disclosures

The CARES Act established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency financial aid grants for college students. The University of Texas at San Antonio was allocated $14 million to distribute to students who are experiencing expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus. Below you’ll find information on eligibility, what expenses are covered, how to apply and our frequently asked questions.


CARES Eligibility

CARES Act funds are available to undergraduate and graduate students that meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Enrolled at UTSA for spring 2020 or summer 2020 semester
  2. Have a valid 2019-2020 FAFSA on file (see deadline below) or be eligible to submit a FAFSA via an acknowledgement on the Emergency Aid Application
  3. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen*
  4. Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
  5. Not in default for any federal student loans
  6. Was not enrolled in solely online courses prior to the week of Spring Break (March 13, 2020)

*International students and undocumented students are still encouraged to apply for Emergency Aid at UTSA. Funding for these students will be provided through institutional grants based on funding availability.


CARES Expenses

CARES Act funding is available to help students cover expenses related to the coronavirus pandemic such as:

Food Food-related expenses include paying for groceries due to loss of income related to COVID-19.
Housing Housing-related expenses include covering the costs of housing displacement or relocation due to COVID-19.
Course Course-related expenses include paying for additional materials or software needed due to courses moving to an online/virtual modality. This does not include prior balances owed to the university or grant aid to pay for tuition and fees currently outstanding.
Technology Technology-related expenses include paying for internet, a computer, wifi, web-camera, equipment due to courses moving to an online/virtual modality.
Healthcare Healthcare-related expenses include doctor visits, prescriptions or test/lab results due to COVID-19 symptoms.
Child-care Child care-related expenses include finding alternate childcare due to loss of income related to COVID-19 or loss of childcare support due to COVID-19.

Apply for CARES Funds

To receive CARES emergency relief aid funds:

  1. Meet the eligibility requirements above at the time of application submission
  2. Submit a UTSA Emergency Aid application and be sure to select “yes” to the question “Is your request Related to COVID-19?”

Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received. Due to the volume of submissions, please allow two weeks for a response.

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Frequently Asked Quesetions

The CARES Act is federal legislation that provides a variety of financial support to individuals and businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. The CARES Act established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency financial aid grants for college students. The University of Texas at San Antonio was allocated $14 million to distribute to students who are experiencing expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus.

UTSA has received an unprecedented amount of requests for emergency aid. We are working as quickly as possible to review applications in the order in which they are received. Please allow for a maximum of 2 weeks to receive a response to your request.

You will receive an email to your preferred email account that is on file on ASAP of the outcome of your application.

No, it’s not. FAFSA applications can be submitted up until June 30, 2020. You can file a FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov. Review our tips for filing the FAFSA or reach out to one of our One Stop counselors if you encounter difficulties.

If your financial situation has changed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, please reach out to One Stop so we can see if you would qualify for a loss of income. You can review these types of Special Circumstances on our webpage. This could result in a reevaluation of your eligibility for federal or institutional aid.

We encourage all students in need to fill out an emergency aid application describing the resources and/or funding needed to successfully pursue their studies. If you do not meet the funding requirements for CARES Act funding, UTSA will evaluate your application to determine whether other forms of assistance may apply.

Copies of lease agreements, mortgage statements, utility bills, car repair estimates, receipts for purchase of lab equipment, or school supplies are some examples of documentation.

Award amounts vary by student and is unique to each student’s expenses incurred. We cannot guarantee to fund all your expenses.

In addition to emergency aid funding, be sure to check out the additional resources available to you. If you need assistance navigating university resources or policies, contact the UTSA Student Ombudsperson.

Report and Disclosure

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting
Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students
The University of Texas at San Antonio
Thirty Day Report and Disclosure
May 19, 2020

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) acknowledges it signed and returned to the U.S. Department of education the Certification and Agreement on April 13, 2020, and gives the assurance that UTSA has used more than 50% of funds received under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

  1. The total amount of funds UTSA received on May 1, 2020, from the U.S. Department of Education for distribution to students is $14,828,444. 
  2. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of May 15, 2020, is $2,305,100. 
  3. The estimated total number of students at UTSA eligible to participate in programs under section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under section 18004(a)(1) of the Cares Act is 21,486*. 
    *The number of eligible students excludes those ineligible for Title IV aid (e.g., non-degree seeking students, non U.S. citizens, not meeting satisfactory academic progress, not in default for any federal student loans) as well as those enrolled exclusively in online programs prior to March 13, 2020, which the U.S. Department of Education deemed ineligible to receive CARES Act funds
  4. The total number of students who received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 1,806. 
  5. The methods used to determine which and how much students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants are as follows.  UTSA created an online grant application in which each student indicated: 1) whether they had been impacted financially by the coronavirus, 2) whether they submitted a FAFSA or completed the attestation certification on the online emergency aid application and 3) what specific financial needs they have in each area (food related expenses, housing related expensescourse related expenses, technology related expenses, health/child care related expenses).  The Financial Aid & Scholarships office evaluated the applications based on the information provided, and they awarded funds based on each student’s identified needs and the availability of funding. Provided that the students were eligible to receive funds and identified legitimate needs, grants of up to $1,500 were automatically approved. To ensure the availability of funds for as many needy students as possible, mid-level managers and senior administrators reviewed requests exceeding $1,500 to determine the necessity for and feasibility of providing larger awards.  
  6. The instructions, directions, or guidance provided by UTSA to all students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants are: