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.
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 Act funds are available to undergraduate and graduate students that meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Enrolled at UTSA for spring 2020 or summer 2020 semester
- 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
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen*
- Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
- Not in default for any federal student loans
- 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 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.|
- Meet the eligibility requirements above at the time of application submission
- 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.