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The Student Emergency Fund for COVID-19 Expenses provided 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 was reviewed by a collaborative interdisciplinary committee of University officials to determine the appropriate resources and response to students requiring assistance or emergency services.

Student Emergency Fund for COVID-19 Expenses - Eligibility Criteria 

  • UTPB students who are enrolled at least half time during the Summer 2021 semester;
  • Students who have filed a FAFSA or will confirm that they are eligible to file a FASFA (for those who haven’t yet filed or are not planning to file); and
  • Students who are not in High School Dual Credit programs. 

Award amounts may vary, and the maximum award is $750 per student, pending fund availability. Award amount will be weighted towards need based on EFC (Estimated Family Contribution) and those with fulltime course loads. Awards do not require repayments. Awarded funds will be posted to your student account, and you have two options for how funds will be applied: 

  1. Funds can be automatically refunded regardless of any pending balance; or
  2. If you owe a balance to the University, you may opt to have the funds applied to your student account to reduce the amount owed to the University.

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 Thursday, February 25 to Thursday, March 4, 2021. Applications submitted during this period will receive a notification no later than March 12. Applications submitted after that time 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?

Awarded funds will be posted to your student account, and you have two options for how funds will be applied: 

  1. Funds can be automatically refunded regardless of any pending balance; or
  2. If you owe a balance to the University, you may opt to have the funds applied to your student account to reduce the amount owed to the University.

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 $750 per student, pending fund availability. Award amount will be weighted towards need based on EFC (Estimated Family Contribution) and those with fulltime course loads.

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 432-552-2600.

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