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The Student Emergency Fund for COVID-19 Expenses provides assistance with for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student's cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). Each request submitted will be reviewed by a collaborative interdisciplinary committee of University officials to determine the appropriate resources and response to students requiring assistance or emergency services. Referrals to campus and community resources to address food insecurity, professional clothing needs, temporary emergency housing, and other needs may also be made.  

Award amounts may vary, and the maximum award is $1000 per student, pending fund availability. Award amount will be weighted towards students with Pell Eligibility and those with full-time course loads. Awards do not require repayments. Awarded funds will be posted to your student account and automatically refunded regardless of any pending balance.

Student Emergency Fund for COVID-19 Expenses - Eligibility Criteria 

  • Who have filed or are eligible to file a FAFSA; and 
  • Are not in High School Dual Credit programs. 
  • Students who are enrolled in on-campus instruction (exclusively online programs are not eligible). 
  • UTPB students who were enrolled in at least one in-person course during 2019-2020 Academic Year; and  
  • Were enrolled on March 13, 2020 during the Spring 2020 term or are enrolled in Summer 2020; and 

If you do not meet these criteria but need emergency support, please apply to the regular Student Emergency Grant program 

Application Process 

Eligible students will need to complete the Emergency COVID-19/CARE Fund Request for their application to be considered.

Frequently Asked and Anticipated Questions 

When will students be notified if they are receiving the grant and the amount awarded?
Our goal is to award emergency grants as soon as possible. Applications will be collected from Monday, May 11 to Friday, May 15, 2020. Applications submitted during this period will receive a notification no later than May 20. Applications submitted after Friday, May 15 will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will receive notification within 5-7 business days.  

How will I be notified? 
Once a determination regarding your request has been made, you will be notified via email to your UTPB email.

Can I choose how I receive my grant funds?
Refunds appear as a "Student Refund" on your billing statement and will be sent either via US Mail or direct deposit.

It is strongly recommended that you sign up for direct deposit if you have not yet done so. You can sign up for a direct deposit on your MyUTPB portal so that funds are transferred directly to your bank account. Click on My Finances > Manage My Finances > Electronic Refunds and fill in your information to complete the direct deposit enrollment process.

If you're not signed up for direct deposit, a check will be mailed to your permanent address. To update your mailing address: Log in to your MyUTPB portal. Select “profile.” On the left side of the screen, select “Addresses;” then, select the plus (+) button next to mailing. Once the text fields appear, enter the address and select “save”.  For assistance updating your address, please email registrar@utpb.edu

What are the grant amounts?
Grant amounts will be determined based on the number of applications received, availability of funds, and the specific needs presented in the application. We cannot guarantee that all applicants will be selected for funding. The maximum award is $1,000 per student/per distribution period.

What if I owe a balance for tuition or other expenses?
If awarded, the full amount of the emergency grant will be disbursed directly to you. It will not, for example, be applied to an outstanding balance.

Will an emergency grant negatively affect my financial aid for this year or next year?
No. This grant will not impact your current or future financial aid awards.

I have questions; who can I contact for more information? 
Contact emergencyfund@utpb.edu or contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 432-552-2602.

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