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What is the CARES/Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund. It set aside money for grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic. The CARES Act provides Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance. CARES funds must be used to provide funds directly to students to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronaviruses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care.

Learn more about the CARES /HIgher Education Emergency Relief Funds.

Where does the CARES Act money come from?

The United States Senate and Congress passed a $2 trillion coronavirus response bill to assist and relieve the American economy. The CARES Act provided $14.25 billion in emergency aid to relief institutions of higher education. At least 50% of the funds will be used as emergency aid for students who are in need. The emergency aid provided by the federal government can include anything under a student’s cost of attendance.

For an institution to be eligible to receive and use funds, they will need to sign and return the certification and agreement form and that the institution has used, or intends to use, the funds to provide the mandated amount of at least 50% of the emergency financial aid grants to students.

Texas State Technical College signed and returned the certification and agreement form on April 21, 2020, and received a total of $9,965,155, with $4,982,578 to be used as emergency relief for eligible students. By September 23, 2020, 3,294 students were awarded a total of $4,982,578.

Are there other funds to help students?

We offer additional support to students through The TSTC Foundation, private donors, and federal, state and institutional grants. We care for our students and will do all we can to help you during this difficult time.

How can I apply for other aid?

To explore your options and apply for other aid programs, contact one of our Advocacy & Resource Coaches.

Who was eligible?

Students who meet all criteria below are eligible to apply:

  1. Working toward a degree or certificate at TSTC.
  2. Enrolled in Spring 2020 in at least one face-to-face course, even if that course moved to an online format due to the pandemic.

Students must be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

What did the funding cover?

The following is a list of expenses that can be considered for grant assistance if they were “related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.”

  • Food and housing.
  • Course materials and technology (such as having to buy a computer when courses were moved online).
  • Health care.
  • Child care.
  • Transportation.
Resources
Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion and 18004(a)(2)quarterly Report 9/30/20: Click here to review the quarterly report.

 

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion and 18004(a)(2) 12.31.20: Click here to review the quarterly report.


Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion and 18004(a)(2) 3.31.21:
 Click here to review the quarterly report.

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