Notice 6-17-20: We are currently not accepting applications for emergency aid at this time. Check back later for updates.
Emergency Aid grant funds are financial assistance for students who are facing unforeseen financial emergencies and catastrophic events that may disrupt their education. Emergency grants are not intended to pay for monthly or regular expenses or be a consistent supplement to a student’s education funding. Students may only receive emergency funding once per semester, if approved for aid.
Examples of emergencies:
- Significant uncovered medical expenses related to self or child.
- Loss of housing due or income due to unforeseen circumstances.
- Inadequate food supply
- Danger of having necessary utilities disrupted or cutoff (electricity, water, etc.)
About CARES Act Funds, Eligibility Guidelines
Per the U.S. Department of Education, international, dual credit, non-U.S.-citizen students and students enrolled exclusively in online courses prior to March 13, 2020 are not eligible for CARES Act funding.
Additionally, the Internal Revenue Service has released an FAQ has issued guidance regarding student emergency grant aid.
Only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants. To be a Title IV-eligible student under Section 484 of the HEA, the student must:
- Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree certificate or other recognized educational credential (including a program of study abroad approved for credit by the eligible institution at which such student is enrolled) - - that is, a regular student under 34 CFR 600.2;
- Not be enrolled in elementary or secondary school and have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent;
- Be maintaining satisfactory academic progress (SAP) if the student is a currently enrolled student;
- Not owe an overpayment (refund) on Title IV grants;
- Not be in default on a Title IV loan;
- File with ED “as part of the original financial aid application process” a certification (Statement of Educational Purpose) that includes:
- A statement of educational purpose, and
- The student’s Social Security Number (SSN);
- Be a U.S. citizen or national, a permanent resident, or an eligible noncitizen;
- Have returned any fraudulently obtained Title IV funds, if the student tis convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to charges;
- Not have fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate loan limits;
- Have repaid any Title IV loan overpayment amounts in excess of annual or aggregate limits, if obtained inadvertently;
- Have his Selective Service registration verified (the Title IV aid ineligibility for failure to register is actually in the Selective Service Act;
- Have a valid SSN, except for residents of the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Republic of Palau; and
- Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations.
The estimated total number of students at TWU eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act during Spring 2020 were 8,790 (excluding withdrawals).
COVID-19 Internet Access Resources
With our transition to online, many students have questions about access and connectivity. The FCC runs Lifeline, a grant program designed to help make communications services more affordable for low-income consumers.
Additionally, the FCC has recently made an agreement with providers stating late fees will be waived and service will not be terminated for lack of payment. https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-363033A1.pdf Additionally, several providers are offering additional options. To assist you, a few options are listed below:
- Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more
- AT&T COVID-19 response offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to families needing a data plan. https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html
- Verizon has no special offers but is following the FCC agreement. https://www.verizon.com/about/news/our-response-coronavirus
- Sprint follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge. https://newsroom.sprint.com/covid-19-updates-sprint-responds.htm
- T-Mobile follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and will soon allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge. https://www.t-mobile.com/news/t-mobile-update-on-covid-19-response
- Cricket is automatically waiving the reactivation fee and the fee that applies to service payments. https://www.cricketwireless.com/support/fraud-and-safety/covid-19.html
- Comcast is offering 60 days of free Internet access for low income families. https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19
Additional resources to help you get connected:
- U.S. Providers Offer Free Wi-Fi for 60 Days
- Carriers Suspend Internet Data Caps during Coronavirus
- Internet Providers Pledge to “Keep Americans Connected” during the COVID-19 Crisis
- Broadband, Wireless Industries Pledge to Keep a ‘Social Distancing’ Nation Connected
- AT&T Suspends Broadband Data Caps During Coronavirus Crisis
- Verizon’s Networks Stand Ready for Increases in Data Traffic
- Comcast Announces Comprehensive COVID-19 Response to Help Keep Americans Connected to the Internet
- Got Slow Speeds or No Internet Connection at all? These Tips Can Help you Improve your Connection.
- City of Denton Essential Business (pdf)
- Denton County Financial Assistance
- Rental, mortgage, possibly extended stay hotel, and utilities assistance through the United Way of Denton. Only apply to one agency as applications are sourced by United Way staff.
- Utilities, Prescriptions/Medical Supplies Assistance, and Interfaith Ministries of Denton
- Child Care
- Comfort Food Care Package (CFCP)
- Eviction Stays for Renters (pdf)
- Financial Housing Assistance
- Food Resources
- Phone Carrier Resources
- Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line
- Texas Veterans Commission
- Texas Workforce Commission - Unemployment Benefits Recommended Call and Access Times
- Due to the backlog of unemployment claims processing resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Texas Workforce Commission has listed days and times that applicants can apply for benefits based on the area code
Area Code of Applicant Suggested Call Time Area Codes Beginning with 9 Mon-Wed-Fri 8AM - Noon Area Codes Beginning with 3, 4, 5, 6 Mon-Wed-Fri 1PM - 5 PM Area Codes Beginning with 7, 8 Tue-Thurs-Sat 8AM - Noon Area Codes Beginning with 2 Tues-Thurs-Sat 1PM - 5 PM
- Unemployment Resources
Page last updated 4:03 PM, June 17, 2020