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.”
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)—the second-largest university in Houston—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 more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 60,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).
For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.