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CARES Awarding Process

An Emergency Aid Grants Awarding Committee was established to develop and implement a process to award the CARES Act HEERF.  This committee consisted of:

  • Kathy Williams, Vice President of Student Enrollment, Engagement and Success
  • Stacey Epps, Scholarship Coordinator, Financial Aid
  • Michael Fuller, Director of Financial Aid and Veteran Services
  • Venus Lillis, Director of Academic Advising
  • Elizabeth Patterson, Assistant Vice President for Student Success
  • Sarah Johnson, Director of Title V (I-CARE)
  • David Allard, Professor of Biology
  • Joni Millican, Bursar

TAMUT built an online application using a secured system called LaserFiche.  The application allowed students to provide their name, campus id, school email address, and current physical address.  They had to self-certify that they are eligible for the CARES ACT funding by letting us know if they have completed a FAFSA, or if they plan to complete a FAFSA, or if they are not eligible to complete a FAFSA.  Even though the student self-certified their eligibility through this application, their responses were checked for accuracy.

The student was required to write a narrative regarding the reason they were asking for CARES Act funding.  Along with the narrative, students selected the area of need from the following categories:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Health
  • Technology
  • Computer
  • Child Care
  • Books
  • Transportation
  • Other

Students were also asked if they or their primary support person experienced a loss of income, and how many people (including themselves) they supported.

TAMUT received 263 CARES ACT Funding applications.  After verifying eligibility for these students, it was determined that 8 students did not qualify for this funding. 

255 students received round 1 funding.  Funding was determined by assigning values to the categories of need listed in the application.  The values were added up and multiplied by .635, then capped at $2500, so that we could hit our goal of awarding half of our $750,000 allocation.  The values for each field of need are indicated below:

  • Housing $1000
  • Groceries $600
  • Medical Expenses $500
  • Internet $150
  • Computer $750
  • Child Care $750
  • Books $400
  • Transportation $350
  • $100 for every person supported in the family
The total amount of round 1 funding was $376,624.25 with an average award of $1,476.96.
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