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UHD to Ease COVID-19’s Impact on Students with New Scholarships

Funds Available to Students Enrolled During Summer


By Mike Emery

Despite challenges posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, University of Houston-Downtown students have quickly adapted to new, virtual learning environments. Now, they are poised to complete the spring semester and continue their academic journeys.

Still, obstacles loom for many UHD Gators who may face lost jobs, lost wages and other financial difficulties as a result of COVID-19. The University, which already offers the lowest university tuition in Houston, has initiated cost-saving measures to help its students. Now, it takes its support one step further with additional financial assistance for summer courses.

“It goes without saying that UHD students, like so many others across the city and nation, are facing many hardships right now,” said Dr. Jimmy Jung, UHD Vice President of Enrollment Management. “Nearly 80 percent of our full-time students work while going to school, and this pandemic is likely affecting their earnings. These scholarships are just one of the ways our institution is helping them work through the challenges of this unprecedented pandemic.”

New UHD scholarships and grants are available to students and will cover up to two summer classes (or semester credit hours). The move complements other university efforts to ensure students graduate on time with little to no debt.

Earlier this semester, UHD announced partial refunds for student parking and initiated an interim grading policy aimed at supporting student success during a trying semester. Additionally, the University has been providing refurbished computers to students in an effort to ensure their access to all online materials. The scholarships are the latest form of assistance offered by the University.

Jung encourages students to take full advantage of the cost-savings provided by the scholarships.

“If students are able to take two classes this summer, it can make a difference both financially and mentally,” he said. “This financial support can allow them to focus on their studies and help ease the stress caused by not working or other issues created by the pandemic.”

UHD has long been recognized for having one of the lowest university tuitions in the state (and the lowest in Houston), and for groundbreaking programs such as the Gator Pledge that cover tuition costs for students whose families earn $50,000 or less.

“It goes without saying that UHD is committed to providing Houstonians with accessible and affordable higher education experiences,” Jung said. “The University stands by that promise, particularly during times of need.”

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.