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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 with emergency costs that arose due to the Coronavirus or any component of their cost of attendance.


Applications closed.


The application period for Bobcat Cares is closed. Texas State is distributing approximately $40 million in federally-funded emergency assistance for the fall 2021 semester.

To be considered for this grant, you must apply. For eligibility criteria and other important information about the application process, please read the FAQs below.

Awards will be prioritized based on exceptional financial need as demonstrated by the FAFSA. Students will be notified within two weeks of the application closing whether they will receive an emergency grant.

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 enrolled for the relevant semester.

How many grants will be awarded and for how much?

For eligible students, fall 2021 award amounts will range from $500 – $2,000 depending on a recipient’s financial need. The number of recipients and amount of each award will depend on the number of applicants, prioritization based on financial need (as demonstrated by the 2021–2022 FAFSA for fall), and the availability of funds.

When will the application open and close? 

The Bobcat Cares Emergency Grant application period for fall 2021 was August 23 – September 9.

How do I apply?

When the application is available, you can apply for this emergency grant via the Bobcat Online Scholarship System (BOSS).

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

Yes, as long as you meet the below eligibility requirement.

  • Be enrolled for the relevant semester.

What costs can be covered by these grants?

This emergency grant is funded through the federal CRRSAA and ARPA acts and is intended to assist students with the below costs.

  • Any component of your cost of attendance (e.g., tuition, fees, housing, food, books, supplies, and travel expenses to and from campus).
  • Emergency costs that arose due to Coronavirus such as, but not limited to, tuition, food, housing, health care, mental health care, 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 closed

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