Texas State University provides $30 million in assistance to Texas students
An email from President Denise Trauth to Students, Faculty, and Staff
April 23, 2020
I am announcing today the launch of Bobcat Cares to help ease the financial strain many of you are experiencing. Through Bobcat Cares, we will give $30 million in relief to Texas State students, including providing funds directly to currently enrolled and eligible students with COVID-19 related expenses, emergency grants to all students enrolled in summer courses, pro-rated refunds of certain spring semester charges, and a new scholarship to assist with fee and tuition costs for the fall 2020 semester.
The $30 million in student assistance includes over $15 million in federal emergency funding from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the CARES Act. We are grateful to the members of our Congressional delegation for their support of the CARES Act and the help it is providing our students. The CARES allocation will help Texas State students deal with the financial burden caused by the COVID-19 crisis and assist with the costs of attending college by putting money directly into students’ pockets.
Through Bobcat Cares, currently enrolled full- and part-time students can receive emergency funding to offset expenses related to housing, food, technology and course materials. Beginning April 27, students can apply for the funding by completing a brief online form showing need at this link: txstate.edu/cares/apply. The emergency grants are based on student expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, and the funding is not tied to existing financial aid programs such as the Pell grant. The money will be distributed directly to students as quickly as possible.
In addition to CARES Act Funds, Texas State has identified $5 million to provide all students enrolled in funded courses during Summer I and/or Summer II classes a one-time emergency grant equal to $50 per credit hour up to $600 across both summer sessions. The grant funding will be in the form of a credit to student accounts to reduce the cost of summer courses. Since Summer I session courses will all be held remotely, fees for the Student Recreation Center, Student Health Center, transportation services and the LBJ Student Center will not be charged.
For students currently enrolled in the spring semester, we are issuing more than $10 million in pro-rated refunds and credits for on-campus housing for those who moved from university residence halls to slow the spread of the coronavirus, parking fees, and dining. Students employed through the Federal and State Work Study programs who have been unable to work onsite or remotely due to the COVID-19 situation will receive emergency grants.
In addition to the funding outlined above, the university has provided funds directly to hundreds of students through the student emergency fund administered by the Student Affairs Division. We also created a new Bobcats to Bobcats scholarship fund that has raised over $300,000 of a $1 million goal to help qualified students pay for tuition and fees as they continue their education this fall.
As we look toward the fall semester, it is critical to give more Texas students the chance to attend Texas State as first-time freshmen. That is why I am pleased to announce we are expanding our tuition-free Bobcat Promise program by raising the family adjusted gross income from $35,000 to $50,000 for incoming freshmen who submitted a completed FAFSA and were admitted by March 15, giving more newly admitted students access to free tuition and fees by covering theses costs with grants and university scholarships.
Over the past several weeks, the safety of our Texas State community has been our top priority, but I want you to know we are just as committed to helping you and your families deal with the financial insecurity of these uncertain times. At Texas State, we will do everything in our power to support you in continuing your education and pursuing the careers you desire.
Be safe Bobcats. I look forward to when we are all together again.
Denise M. Trauth