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Harvey Updates and Resources

 

College of Education Community: Please continue to check your email for updates from the College and University of Houston. You also can find additional resources on the UH Harvey website, and stay connected with us on Twitter UH College of Education's Twitter Page and Facebook UH College of Education's Facebook Page.

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Harvey Memos from Dean McPherson

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COUNSELING

The stress of Hurricane Harvey can take a physical and emotional toll. Please do not hesitate to ask for help. To contact UH Counseling and Psychological Services, call 713-743-5454.

FINANCIAL AID

  • If you need additional time to pay tuition, you can send an email to enrollmentservices@uh.edu.
  • If you have not yet applied for financial aid for the fall semester, it is not too late. Go to https://fafsa.ed.gov/ to complete the application as soon as possible.
  • If you or your family was financially impacted by Harvey and you need help covering basic expenses, you may apply to the Cougar Emergency Fund. Please read this overview for more information before applying here.
  • The same application will allow you to file a Hurricane Harvey Financial Reconsideration Appeal.
  • Students who are required to submit a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) appeal form for financial aid now have until Friday, Oct. 6. Submitting the form earlier is strongly encouraged because aid cannot be processed until the SAP appeal is approved.

WORK STUDY

Students awarded work-study funds as part of their financial aid awards originally had a deadline of Sept. 1 to find jobs on campus. That deadline has been extended until Sept. 22 and may be extended further on a case-by-case basis.

TRAFFIC AND THE COMMUTE

We know how rough the commute to campus has been for many of you. One option for some relief is to carpool via the Waze app. It’s free to use, and the app also provides traffic and road closure information.

TUITION DEADLINE

  • The due date for the second payment installment has been extended to Monday, Oct. 16.
  • The last day to arrange a payment plan or enroll in an emergency payment plan was Friday, Sept. 8.

IMPORTANT ACADEMIC DEADLINES

  • The deadline for adding classes or dropping classes without getting a grade was Friday, Sept. 8. Please talk to your adviser immediately if you missed these deadlines. 
  • The Provost has extended the deadline for requesting an exception to add or drop classes to Friday, Sept. 15. Please seek assistance from your adviser if you need an extension. Exception requests can be emailed to provost@uh.edu. Please identify the class and section the student wishes to add or drop, a brief explanation of the reason and need, and the student's PeopleSoft ID number. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will be granted only for extenuating circumstances related to the storm.
  • Last Day to Drop with a W: Tuesday, Oct. 31 (no change) 

CONSIDERING DROPPING OUT?

Please, talk to your advisers first. If you cannot work out a solution, please contact UH Erollment Services at enrollmentservices@uh.edu prior to attempting to withdrawal from UH.

HOW TO HELP

  • Several families of students at the UH Charter School were impacted by Harvey. Please consider donating non-perishable food, toiletries, gift cards (e.g. Walmart, Mastercard and Visa), and clothing and shoes. Cothing request is for female elementary school students: tops in youth girls’ XXL or adult small; bottoms in youth girls’ XXL or adult medium; shoes in children’s sizes 3 and 5. Donations can be dropped off in Farish Hall Room 214D. Contact Ericka Mellon at emellon@uh.edu with questions.
  • The College of Education’s Staff Council is leading an effort to provide financial support to COE employees significantly affected by Harvey. Please contact Peg Spangler at mspangler@Central.UH.EDU for details.
  • Keith Butcher, COE clinical assistant professor and program director of the master’s in administration and supervision program, is working with the Rotary Club of Summersville, West Virginia, to collect backpacks and school supplies for students in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. Contact kbutcher@uh.edu for drop-off information.

RESOURCES

General

Filing claims

  • File a claim with FEMA, whether you own or rent: https://www.fema.gov/apply-assistance
  • Filing insurance claims: Keep copies of everything you send to your insurance company. A new Texas law (HB 1774), which took effect Sept. 1, 2017, could make recovering damages more difficult, though there’s some conflicting information about the impact. Try to take photos, with dates, of damages and to keep all receipts related to cleanup and repair. Also, be careful of contractors who knock on your door unsolicited.

Coping with stress

  • Ezemenari Obasi, the College of Education’s associate dean for research and a professor in the Department of Psychological, Health and Learning Sciences, shares warning signs and strategies to reduce stress and the impact of trauma.

Working with children

Assisting immigrants