Financial Aid


COVID-19 Emergency Grant Application

Updated: April 7, 2021


Funds provided through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) are authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), 2021, Public La 116-260, signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on Dec. 27, 2020. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund I (HEERF I) was initially established by the CARES Act, which was passed by Congress and signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020.
Of the HEERF II funds that Texas A&M-Kingsville received, approximately $3.5 million has been made available for Emergency Aid to assist students with unexpected expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


** The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II), which is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) for Spring 2021, has been exhausted. We are anticipating to award our HEERF III allocation beginning Fall 2021. No future or current application is necessary as a submission of the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application is the official application for review. For Fall 2021 consideration, please submit the 2021-2022 FAFSA Application.  


Updated: February 1, 2021

**We may have recently reviewed your request for assistance under the CARES Act for Spring 2021 emergency grant funding. During the review, you may have demonstrated a financial impact due to COVID-19, but did not provide sufficient documentation that warranted approval for funding. We are currently developing a process for students who were not awarded CARES Act Emergency Grant funding in order to re-evaluate existing application based on the written statements and documentation submitted (if applicable). We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work on establishing this process. No additional documentation is needed. Please allow the committee until March 15th to re-evaluate your application and to determine if you may be eligible for CARES Act Emergency Grant funding.

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).  

To ensure appropriate consideration for CARES Act Grants, applicants must provide supporting documentation such as a third party statement on official letterhead, copies of furlough or termination papers, official notice of reduced hours, unemployment claims, doctor’s note, purchase of technological equipment, or other documentation that supports the claim being made about the disruption of COVID-19 to the applicant’s ability to continue with and complete their academic pursuits. An uploaded personal testimony by the applicant without supporting documentation is not adequate to support a claim for a CARES act grant. Students must be Title IV eligible and enrolled in a higher education institution or high school in Spring 2020 when the emergency was declared.

Decisions regarding grant funding will be made through a holistic review of the application and socioeconomic circumstances.  Awards are subject to the availability of funds. All funding decisions are considered final.

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