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Earn GatorCash! New UHD Testing Incentive Under Way

A new COVID-19 testing incentive is underway at the University of Houston-Downtown. To encourage the campus community to get tested often, UHD is offering $5 a week to students, faculty and staff in GatorCash simply for taking a free COVID-19 test at the UHD kiosk conveniently located next to the Jesse H. Jones Student Life Center.

GatorCash is applied to UHD Gator ID Cards and can be used at all on-campus restaurants. 

To earn the weekly $5 in GatorCash:

  • You must be a UHD student or a member of the UHD faculty or staff – a current PeopleSoft ID is required.
  • You must be tested on campus at the UHD kiosk. The incentive registration link is only accessible at the kiosk. Use this link to make an appointment.
  • You must have a GatorCard. The $5 in GatorCash will be credited to your GatorCard each week after your test at the UHD kiosk. No other reimbursement methods are available.
  •  Limit: one $5 incentive per person per week.

“Testing can serve as an early warning system for people carrying the virus, especially if they don’t have symptoms,” according to Cynthia Vargas, UHD Director of Emergency Management. “A positive result alerts individuals that they could spread the infection and that they need to isolate and seek medical help to reduce the severity of the disease.”

UHD plans to continue the program through May 22 for students, faculty, and staff to earn up to $75 in GatorCash.

“The free, painless test takes only a few minutes. It’s a simple way to contribute to the health and safety of all members of the UHD Community – and earn GatorCash,” said Vargas.

For more details on COVID-19 tests, visit the Centers for Disease Control website and information about UHD’s COVID-19 status, visit the UHD COVID-19 website and UHD News.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.