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Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Coronavirus Update

CARES Act


Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Texas A&M University-Kingsville has been given the opportunity to provide grants to students experiencing financial hardship as a result of disruptions due to COVID-19.   Students who have experienced a sudden change in financial status, loss of employment or other unforeseen obstacles that may hinder their ability to continue with and complete their academic pursuits are eligible to receive Federal CARES Act Emergency Grants.  The grants are funded through the Department of Education to assist students with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and childcare expenses).

CARES Act Student Aid Report #1 - 05/22/2020
CARES Act Student Aid Report #2 - 07/02/2020

Applicants must be Title IV Aid eligible and enrolled for the term in which funds are being requested.

CARES Act Online Form

FAQ

Applications are currently being reviewed weekly by a committee of financial aid professionals, administrators, and faculty. Each application is reviewed in the order in which it was received. Patience is appreciated as we review each application holistically.


Applicants must be Title IV eligible to apply for CARES Act grants and be enrolled in the term in which funds are being requested. In order to be Title IV eligible, students must have a complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with Texas A&M-Kingsville and be making satisfactory academic progress toward their degree. Learn more about Title IV eligibility here. Students who have filled out a FAFSA for the 2019-2020 academic year or who are eligible to file a FAFSA are also eligible to apply for CARES Act aid. If you have not filed a FAFSA and intend to apply for a CARES Act grant, please visit our Financial Aid website for more information about the FAFSA.


All CARES Act funds will be directly refunded using Bankmobile on TAMUK’s regular Tuesday/Thursday schedule for Spring 2020 awards.   Summer 2020 funds will disburse beginning June 2nd.  Awards for Fall 2020 will pay on the first Tuesday after the first day of classes (August 25th), and any students awarded thereafter will have their funds paid on the regular Tuesday/Thursday schedule. Funds will not apply to any existing student account balance and will be fully refunded.  Payments can be made online to resolve prior term or current tuition and fee balances. 


Yes, supporting documentation is required. Documentation must support your claim of financial hardship as a result of disruptions due to COVID-19. Examples of appropriate supporting documentation include copies of furlough or termination papers, notice of reduced hours, unemployment claims, copies of bills, doctor’s note, or other documentation that supports the applicant’s inability to continue and complete their academic pursuits. Personal testimony from the applicant without supporting documentation will not be accepted.


The CARES Act requires that grants be used “for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.


In order to be eligible for grant funding under the CARES Act, a student must be eligible to receive federal financial aid, enrolled in the semester for which the aid is being requested, and in good academic standing. Grant awards are not guaranteed, as CARES Act assistance requires

eligible expenses due to COVID-19. Funding is limited, averaging about $500 per student. Award amounts may vary. A committee will review your request and determine an award amount per individual, if eligible.


There is a difference between online courses and online programs. Not all online courses are part of online programs. Students who were enrolled exclusively in an online degree program on March 13, 2020 are not eligible for CARES Act funds. However, students enrolled in on-campus degree programs containing online coursework prior to March 13, 2020 are eligible


Receiving a CARES Act grant will not affect your current or future aid packages.


Students are able to re-apply for funding if they are eligible to receive federal financial aid, are enrolled in the semester in which they are requesting aid and are able to demonstrate how they have been impacted by COVID-19.


You can view your award amount by logging into Academic Works using your username (example kuabc123) and password.  This is a perfect opportunity for you to also apply for scholarships that may be available to you.


If you are receiving funds in the Spring 2020 semester. You should anticipate your funds between 5-10 days after the award is posted in Academic Works. Summer and Fall awards will begin disbursement on first class day of the awarded term.