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Funding Assistance for students impacted by COVID-19

Bobcat Cares COVID-19 Relief Funding

Bobcat Cares

Bobcat Cares is intended to assist students who have been financially impacted by COVID-19.


Applications open now through March 3, 2021.


New Bobcat Cares relief grants are now available. Texas State will distribute approximately $6.5 million in emergency grants directly to eligible full- and part-time students this spring semester to offset expenses related to cost of attendance, as well as unexpected costs due to the coronavirus.

Students can apply for funding online between February 15–March 3. Awards will be prioritized based on demonstrated financial need. Students will be notified within two weeks if they’ll receive aid.

Texas State is committed to helping Bobcats deal with the financial insecurity the pandemic has caused.

Bobcat Cares COVID-19 Relief Grants

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Be enrolled for the relevant semester.

How do I apply?

It depends. If you filed a 2020–2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have a $0 Expected Family Contribution (EFC), no application is necessary to be considered for this grant.

If you filed a FAFSA and have an EFC greater than $0, or have not filed a FAFSA, you can apply for this relief grant via the Bobcat Online Scholarship System (BOSS).

Can I apply for these funds as an international or undocumented student?

While you are not eligible to apply for the federally funded portion of the Bobcat Cares grant, you can apply for the institutionally funded portion of the grant through the Dean of Students Office.

What costs can be covered by these grants?

This relief grant is funded through the federal CRRSAA (Act) and is intended to assist students with the below costs if incurred since December 27, 2020.

  • Any component of your cost of attendance (e.g., tuition, fees, housing, food, books, supplies, and travel expenses to and from campus).
  • Unexpected costs that arose due to the coronavirus such as, but not limited to, tuition, food, housing, healthcare, mental healthcare, or childcare.

When will grants be awarded?

The review of applications will begin once the application closes. The evaluation, prioritization, awarding and disbursement period is expected to take two weeks.

Applications now open

Applications will be accepted Feb. 15–March 3, 2021

To share how these funds are being distributed, we've created a resource with key statistics. See how Bobcat Cares funds are being distributed.