Grants Available for Students from Bobcat Cares
February 9, 2021
I am pleased to announce the launch of new emergency grants available to help ease the financial strain many students are experiencing. Texas State University will distribute approximately $6.5 million in emergency grants directly to eligible students this spring semester through the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). We are also setting aside funding for emergency grants in the summer 2021 and fall 2021 semesters.
In the spring of 2020, Texas State received its first round of HEERF aid, which we used to provide $15.9 million in emergency grants through the Bobcat Cares program, and over $28 million in total funds directly to students to cover COVID-19 related expenses. We will soon be receiving a second round of HEERF aid, which will equip Bobcat Cares to award additional emergency grants to students to deal with the financial burden caused by COVID-19 and assist with the costs of attending college.
Currently enrolled full- and part-time students are eligible to receive emergency funds to offset expenses related to any component of the cost of attendance, including tuition, fees, housing, food, books, supplies, and travel expenses to and from our campuses. The funds can also be used to cover emergency costs due to the coronavirus, including healthcare, mental healthcare, and childcare.
Between February 15-28*, students can apply for the funding by completing a brief form on the Bobcat Cares Webpage. *Updated on Feb. 25: The deadline to apply has been extended to March 3.
The awarding of funds will be prioritized based on students’ demonstrated financial need, and disbursed directly to eligible students as quickly as possible. Students who submit an online application will be notified within two weeks if they’ll receive an emergency grant. Due to funding availability, not all students who apply will receive funding. For more information, including frequently asked questions, visit the Bobcat Cares Webpage.
For a full year, the coronavirus has caused significant changes and demanded personal sacrifices in the ways we all live, learn, and work. In addition to a safe and healthy environment, we know our students need financial support, now more than ever, to stay the course toward graduation. Texas State is committed to helping you and your families deal with the financial insecurity the pandemic has caused. We will do everything in our power to support you in continuing your education. Stay safe and well, Bobcats.
Denise M. Trauth