CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Islander students will benefit from a Federal grant intended to address the effects of the coronavirus outbreak. U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced that Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will receive $10,105,662 from the grant, which comes from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the CARES Act.
“We are so grateful for this assistance for our students,” Dr. Kelly M. Miller, President and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, said. “Our top priority has always been our students and being able to offer additional assistance to them at this difficult time is so important to their continued success. We appreciate Senator Cornyn and the entire delegation for acting quickly and are already working on getting this assistance into the hands of our students.”
The funding directly addresses the needs of students while also assisting universities with their response to the pandemic. At least half of the funding must be allocated as emergency financial aid grants for students. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will award funding for the Spring 2020 semester as well as upcoming summer and fall sessions.
“No Texan should have to give up their education because of the economic effects of the coronavirus,” said Sen. Cornyn. “In addition to allowing students to defer their federal student loan payments for six months, the CARES Act provides targeted funding to Texas institutions to help students continue their education – even if that means taking classes online.”
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Office of Student Financial Assistance is developing a system to award funding to students. Students will apply for assistance through an online form that will be on the financial aid web page.