UHD Emergency Funds Supporting Students During COVID-19
By Mike Emery
Texas is slowly reopening in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), but college students throughout the state—including those at the University of Houston-Downtown—continue to struggle with many unforeseen costs incurred during this pandemic.
Eligible students can now apply for UHD Emergency Funds, which include federal assistance from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (authorized by the CARES Act). Additional support is provided by the Gator Emergency Fund, which is comprised of private donations. Community members can still contribute to this fund. Funds will be distributed to students across spring, summer and fall 2020 semesters.
“Our students have endured a semester of unprecedented challenges as a result of COVD-19,” said UHD President, Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz. “UHD Emergency Funds, which include both federal allocations and private donations, can help our students remain focused on their studies and continue their respective academic journeys.”
UHD Emergency Funds are need-based and support students who experienced academic and personal disruptions as a result of the Coronavirus. Students must meet specific qualifications to receive these funds. Additional details and eligibility requirements are detailed online.
These funds complement other initiatives aimed at supporting students during this pandemic. These include the Information Technology Department providing computers students in need; the Gator’s C.A.R.E. project focused on establishing contact with every UHD student; and summer scholarships covering up to two classes.
“We place the health and safety of our students as our top priorities,” President Muñoz said. “Likewise, we remain deeply committed to helping our Gators advance academically. UHD Emergency Funds and the initiatives launched this spring can indeed make a difference in their lives and provide the support needed to remain enrolled and ultimately complete their degrees.”
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.