CARES Act Emergency Assistance
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocates funds to support individuals and businesses/organizations, including colleges and universities, affected by the pandemic and economic downturn. UT has received funds under the CARES Act and is working to provide emergency assistance to as many students as possible to help them meet their emergency financial needs during this challenging time.
This is the official CARES Act application for emergency funds for the University of Texas at Austin. In order to receive funds from UT, you must complete this CARES Act application. We advise students to be aware of third-party vendors soliciting your information and acting as an official application for the CARES Act fund.
Am I eligible if I am enrolled in summer session 1, summer session 2, 9-week or whole sessions?
Summer CARES Act applications are closed. The Fall 2020 CARES Act application and eligibility requirements will be available soon.
What is the CARES Act Emergency Assistance Fund?
UT received funds under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide emergency grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. These expenses include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. The university aims to assist as many students as possible in meeting their emergency financial needs during this challenging time.
Who is eligible to receive assistance?
According to the CARES Act, a student may be considered for emergency aid grants if he/she meets the following criteria:
The Fall 2020 application and eligibility requirements are not yet available.
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How do I apply?
The Fall 2020 application and eligibility requirements are not yet available. Spring and Summer 2020 applications are closed.
Newly admitted undergraduates and undergraduates facing a change in income that may affect their expected family contribution should complete and submit a Reduction in Income Appeal form.
How many times should I apply?
Students can receive only one CARES Act award.
How much financial assistance can students request?
The university will allocate funds with priority given to students with the greatest financial need (not to exceed the award maximum). Awards are disbursed as long as funds remain available. Students can receive only one CARES Act award.
How will I receive my funds?
If funding is approved, funds will be directly deposited into bank accounts for students who are enrolled in the direct deposit option. If you have not already signed up for Direct Deposit, please do so immediately in UT Direct. Disbursements from this fund will not be applied to an outstanding balance on your student account. Students who do not have direct deposit will receive a paper check mailed to their permanent address on file. To update or confirm your permanent address, please visit this page.
What resources are available to students who are not eligible?
The university is ready to assist international students who are experiencing financial distress due to unforeseen circumstances. If you are an international student, please contact Student Emergency Services.
If I receive funding, will it negatively impact my existing financial aid package?
Funding from the CARES Act Emergency Assistance Fund will not impact a student’s financial aid package since CARES Act funding is not categorized as financial aid.
What kinds of expenses are allowable?
Funds can be used for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, tuition, fees, or child care.
Do I have to repay emergency funding from the CARES Act?
You do not have to repay the amount awarded to you. The CARES Act emergency fund is a grant.
Do I need to report financial aid or grants on my federal tax return?
Each financial award you receive from the federal government and other sources will have separate and unique tax consequences for your federal tax return. Funds received from Student Emergency Services in the Office of the Dean of Students will be treated as taxable income. Funds received through the CARES Act emergency assistance from the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will be treated as non-taxable. For more information, visit the IRS website.
Why didn’t I receive a CARES Act emergency fund award?
Under U.S. Department of Education rules for the program, students who are not eligible for federal financial aid programs are not eligible for federal CARES grants.
For eligibility criteria, see the “Who is eligible to receive assistance?” FAQ.
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What additional resources are available if I need access to food?
The UT Outpost Delivery Request is available to current students, living in the City of Austin, who are in need of food assistance. Students may request and receive a delivery once per calendar month. All participants of the food pantry program must accept the liability waiver found at the end of the Request Form.