UT Dallas established a student emergency fund to help comets cope with food and housing insecurity, job cuts or reduced income, medical care, related needs distance learning and other unforeseen expenses.
Over 365 people have already contributed over $ 73,000 to a new Emergency fund for students at the University of Texas at Dallas which was established to help students facing unforeseen financial challenges during the coronavirus pandemic.
“In these unprecedented times, some of our students are experiencing difficulties that may prevent them from continuing their courses this semester and potentially beyond,” said Amanda Smith, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students. “Our goal, through the generosity of our donors, is to be able to help as many students as possible so that they can continue their quest for a valuable education at UT Dallas. “
When classes switched to e-learning after spring break, many students encountered unexpected hardships related to housing, food insecurity, job cuts or reduced income, care medical and technology. Most of the students have now left campus, and their departure has left many without the resources they relied on for academic success and personal well-being.
These resources included reliable Internet access and computers capable of participating in online courses; the Student Health Center, which serves as a primary care facility for many students; the Comet cabinet, which offers food and personal care items; and meals provided by University Dining Services.
The campus closure – along with community “stay at home” orders across the country – also sidelined the jobs students relied on. Many students found themselves looking for other ways to pay their rent and buy food and other essentials.
“We have received hundreds of student submissions requesting emergency funds and hope that our valued donors continue to make an impact on the lives of students in dire need,” said Smith.
“In these unprecedented times, some of our students are experiencing difficulties that could prevent them from continuing with classes this semester and potentially beyond. Our goal, through the generosity of our donors, is to be able to help as many students as possible so that they can continue their quest for a valuable education at UT Dallas.
Amanda Smith, Associate Vice-President, Student Affairs and Dean of Students
In one week, more than 700 students applied for support from the Student Emergency Fund. The Student Affairs Division awards scholarships promptly and strives to provide other means of assistance to students.
“In addition to the Emergency Assistance Program, Student Affairs is working hard to help students struggling with personal difficulties through supported services such as distance counseling in the Student counseling center, career counseling through the University Career Center, and virtual social activities designed to keep our comets engaged and connected at UT Dallas, ”said Smith.
Applications for assistance from the Emergency Student Financial Assistance Program can be submitted online.
Those interested in supporting students during this difficult time can to contribute to the Emergency Fund for Students.