MCALLEN, Texas – Many South Texas College students whose lives were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for federal emergency aid relief.
The college said in a press release they will distribute over $10 million in federal funds to eligible students from the United States Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grant, recently awarded to the college.
The application is now available to students. Students should check their student email and the college website for information on how to apply. The release also said the application must be submitted online, as campus services are very limited and by appointment only.
Students who have questions can email here for assistance.
Based on federal guidelines, dual credit students and students who were enrolled exclusively in an online program on March 13, 2020 are not eligible.
Further guidelines from the Department of Education clarified that international students, DREAMers, and DACA recipients are not eligible for CARES Act emergency grants.
The maximum aid per student is $500. Students must fill out an application to be considered. A committee will review each application and aid amounts will be based on need.
South Texas College will send out the aid checks as quickly as possible directly to students. The funds are grants and do not need to be paid back to the college, said the college’s press release.