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COVID-19 Testing Incentive Extended!

Earn $5 A Week In GatorCash Through Dec. 31

Although campus and CDC precautions have relaxed somewhat, testing for COVID-19 is still important for controlling the spread of the virus—and it’s still free on campus! Now, the GatorCash incentive has been extended through Dec. 31, 2022. 

Earn $5 a week in GatorCash just for getting the free test at the Curative testing kiosk near UHD’s Jesse H. Jones Student Life Center. (Limited to one $5 incentive per week, though you may test as often as you like.) The kiosk is open seven days a week (except holidays) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Proof of insurance is required to schedule an appointment online or to register onsite at the campus Curative kiosk. 

Once you arrive for your test, your insurance card and a photo ID are both required to check in. UHD students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the public must sign up for appointments through the UHD Curative portal using this link: public testing. For more details, visit Emergency Management’s COVID-19 website.

If you don’t have insurance and want to get tested, or if you’re seeking a free vaccine, Houston Health Department (HHD)-operated sites continue to provide free COVID-19 testing and vaccinations and don’t require insurance. HHD-operated sites are located across the city and can be found at HoustonHealth.org or by calling 832-393-4220. You can follow HHD on Facebook or Twitter and get regular updates on all things COVID-19.


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.