Bobcat Cares emergency funding is intended to assist students who have been financially impacted by COVID-19.
Funding Assistance for students impacted by COVID-19
Bobcat Cares Emergency Funding
We know many in our Bobcat Family are experiencing economic burdens caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through Bobcat Cares, we will give $30 million in relief to Texas State students, including providing funds directly to currently enrolled and eligible students with COVID-19 related expenses, emergency grants to all students enrolled in summer courses, pro-rated refunds of certain spring semester charges, and the new Bobcats to Bobcats scholarship to assist with fee and tuition costs for the fall 2020 semester.
This $30 million in student assistance includes over $15 million in federal emergency funding from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the CARES Act. The CARES allocation will help Texas State students deal with the financial burden caused by the COVID-19 crisis and assist with the costs of attending college by providing funds directly to them.
Bobcats come together to overcome challenges. We are committed to helping students deal with immediate needs so they can continue their Texas State education.
Update May 22, 2020
To share how these funds are being distributed, we've created a resource with key statistics. See how Bobcat CARES funds are being distributed.
Bobcat Cares Emergency Grants
Who can apply?
Currently enrolled full-time and part-time students (including graduate students) can apply to the university for funding to offset expenses incurred related to housing, food, and technology and course materials.
The higher education emergency relief grants are based on student expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), and the funding is not tied to existing financial aid programs such as the Pell Grant. The money will be distributed directly to students as quickly as possible.
To be eligible for this funding, students must:
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (i.e., eligible to receive federal Title IV aid).
- Be (or have been) enrolled in a degree-seeking or post-baccalaureate teacher certificate program for Spring 2020.
- Not have been enrolled exclusively in online courses for the spring semester on or prior to March 12, 2020.
- Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.
- Not be in default on a federal student loan or owe an overpayment on any federal grant.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Have a valid Social Security number.
- Be registered with Selective Service (if required).
- Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale.
*Your actual eligibility will be based on the above requirements and your answers to the supplemental questions. The award amount will depend on the number of applicants and the availability of funds.
How do I apply?
Applications open now
Students can complete the brief application at txstate.edu/cares/apply showing their needs for the funds to be considered for emergency grant funding provided through Bobcat Cares. We are also asking faculty and staff members who know of students needing help to direct them to the application form in the portal.
- Click Access BOSS
- Click Sign In (in lower right corner on mobile; in upper right corner on desktop)
- Click Sign In With Your Institution
- Enter your Texas State NetID and Password
- Click Login
- Complete your General Application (required if first time logging into BOSS for the 2019–2020 academic year)
- Navigate to Recommended Opportunities (under the Opportunities tab)
- Click Apply to the Bobcat Cares Emergency Grant*
Emergency Grants for Summer Courses
Do international and graduate students qualify for the emergency grants to all students enrolled in summer courses?
Yes. All students enrolled in funded courses during Summer I and/or Summer II classes will receive a one-time emergency grant equal to $50 per credit hour up to $600 across both summer sessions. The grant funding will be in the form of a credit to student accounts to reduce the cost of summer courses.
Bobcats to Bobcats Scholarship
When will the Bobcats to Bobcats Scholarship application open?
Once the Bobcat CARES Emergency Grant application closes on May 27, the Bobcats to Bobcats Scholarship application will open on June 1. These funds are intended to help students with expected COVID-19 related expenses that will be incurred in the fall and spring of the upcoming academic year. To access the application for the Bobcats to Bobcats Scholarship on or after June 1, visit the Bobcat Online Scholarship System (BOSS).
Who can apply for the Bobcats to Bobcats Scholarship?
All students (undergraduate and graduate) enrolled for fall and spring of the upcoming academic year can apply. The Bobcats to Bobcats Scholarship is funded by Bobcats and is not as restrictive as the federal funds available through the Bobcat CARES Emergency Grant program. For example, all enrolled students (including international and undocumented students) can apply for the Bobcats to Bobcats Scholarship.