On April 13, 2020, the University of Houston signed and returned to the US Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution intended to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
Pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students, the University of Houston has received $36,703,283, one-half of which ($18,351,642) will be provided directly to students in the form of emergency grants.
On the premise that all students experienced some additional expenses due to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, with on-campus students having additional related expenses, funding was provided in the form of blanket grants to all eligible students based on the following matrix:
|Undergraduates 12+ hours||$575|
|Undergraduates 6-11 hours||$400|
|Undergraduates 3-5 hours||$225|
|Graduate 9+/Professional 12+ hours||$575|
|Graduate 5-8/Professional 5-11 hours||$400|
|Graduate/Professional Less than half time||$225|
|Students leaving residence halls||$250|
|Students remaining in residence halls||$200|
All students at the University, both eligible and ineligible for CARES Act Grants, were advised about the distribution of these funds via email communication sent on May 1, 2020. Students may continue to apply for CARES Act grants, as well as other forms of emergency grant assistance through a single application process by contacting the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.
CARES Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) — Institutional Portion
Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report - 10/01/2020