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For more information or updates regarding the university and Hurricane Harvey, visit the Hurricane Harvey Campus Information webpage.
Last Updated July 2018
The university has several different ways a student can apply for emergency assistance.
Dean of Students Emergency Loan
The Emergency Loan is for students currently enrolled for the fall 2017 semester and were affected by Hurricane Harvey. Students may be eligible to receive assistance either through a short term tuition loan or loan for school supplies. The tuition loan will only cover 25 percent of a student’s tuition/fee bill, which is the initial payment for the Short Term Loan. This will allow the student to stay enrolled and will allow them some time to arrange repayment with Student Business Services. The normal $15 fee for the tuition loan is being waived. Students may also request a school supply loan up to $500. Those applying may only choose one of these options. The request form can be found at https://uhcl.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aVoRphg2M8eM2BT and any questions should be submitted to Deanofstudents@uhcl.edu. If approval is granted for either loan option, the student will have to visit the Student Business Services Office (Student Services and Classroom Building, 1.103) to make final arrangements.
Special Circumstances Form
This is for students who have experienced a loss of employment, increased medical costs, or the death of a wage earner. They should complete the Special Circumstances Form. The completed form along with supporting documentation should be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid.
Financial Aid Disaster Consideration Form
This specific form is for students who have experienced extreme loss due to a natural disaster, i.e. house, car, etc. If this is the case, students will need to complete the Financial Aid Disaster Consideration Form. The completed form along with any, and all necessary documentation should be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid. The Office of Financial Aid and the Dean of Students Office will coordinate this process. Students will be reviewed for additional financial aid and the Hawk Emergency Fund.
For those students attending the first 8-week session, you will be able to add/drop classes for that session through Sept. 8.
Everyone else enrolled in the regular 15-week session will be able to add/drop classes through Sept. 13.
Any student who choose the Installment Pay Plan option, will be required to pay the initial 25 percent plus the $15 installment fee by Sept. 14, 6 p.m. However, the second and the third installment payment will be due at the same time as the fourth installment, Nov. 6. In summary, your tuition and fees outstanding balance is due on or before Monday Nov. 6, 2017 6 p.m.
** Please note, the due dates for the second and third installments will still reflect the original dates when you select this plan.
UHCL’s Counseling Services can help. In addition to offering a tip sheet that provides sound recovery advice and resources, Counseling Services provides one-on-one counseling which is free and confidential for all students. Hours for counseling are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. – noon. “Healing After Harvey” support groups will meet noon – 4 p.m., Monday-Thursday, through Tuesday, Sept. 12. No appointment is necessary and all are welcome. For information, visit Counseling Services or call 281-283-2580.
For community friends affected by Hurricane Harvey, individual, couple and family counseling is available through UHCL Psychological Services by calling 281-283-3330.
Donations and Volunteer Opportunities
Financial contributions can be made to the following entities:
#UHCLStrong – Hawk Emergency Fund. This is a priority fund that will be used to support UHCL students who have been displaced or face hardships because of Harvey. To support this initiative, visit https://giving.uh.edu/uhcl/. Click on the Top Funds tab. From the dropdown menu above "Enter amount," select Hawk Emergency Fund. Then type the amount you wish to donate.
A full refund will be given in your original form of payment if textbooks are returned during the first week of classes with original receipt (Sept. 9).
With proof of a schedule change and original receipt, a full refund will be given in your original form of payment during the first 30 days of class.
If a student completely withdraws from the university anytime in the fall semester, the student can return the books with the original receipt and documentation showing the withdrawal. Books must be in the original condition. If books came with download or verification codes, the codes cannot be used. If the books were in shrink-wrapped packaging, the books must be unopened for return.
No refunds will be given on unwrapped loose-leaf books or shrink-wrapped titles, which do not have the wrapping intact. No refunds will be given on Digital Content once accessed. Textbooks must be in original condition. No refunds or exchanges will be given without an original receipt.
Students who need assistance getting to UHCL or want to offer other students a ride should explore rideshare options available through https://www.uhcl.edu/campus-life/services/rideshare/.
Yes, the grace period for purchasing a permit is extended through Monday, Sept. 25, with enforcement in the student lots beginning Tuesday, Sept. 26.
Enforcement for visitor lots/spaces and employee lots is currently in effect.
Parking permits are required. Students needing financial assistance should visit the Enrollment and Financial Aid FAQ section for emergency funding options. Questions about financial assistance should be directed to the Dean Students Office.
If you don’t find the information you need in this FAQ, you can send an inquiry to email@example.com. We are monitoring this email account and will forward your inquiry to the appropriate individuals. Please note that while the university is closed responses might be slightly delayed.
UHCL faculty, staff and students continue to seek ways to give back by helping families who were victims to Harvey’s wrath.
Community volunteer opportunities:
- American Red Cross
- Volunteer Houston
- Fort Bend County Volunteer Opportunities
#UHCLStrong – Hawk Emergency Fund. This is a priority fund that will be used to support UHCL students who have been displaced or face hardships because of Harvey. To support this initiative, visit https://giving.uh.edu/uhcl/, and select “Hawk Emergency Fund“ from the drop down box under Gift Information.
- The American Red Cross
- The United Way Relief Fund
- A local charity of your choice
Transportation to Campus
Disaster Recovery Centers
Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in 39 counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, and the U.S. Small Business Administration as well as other state organizations and agencies are available at the center to discuss available assistance and to provide help to those needing guidance in filing applications.
To find a center, visit www.disasterassistance.gov and select the DRC Locator link.
For those who have lost homes or suffered home damage, assistance might be available.
To attain critical home repairs, submit an application by visiting www.bahfh.org/bay-area-habitat-accepting-critical-home-repair-applications/
Items needed to support Hurricane Harvey relief include the following items, but may vary according to the specific shelter site. You may want to contact a shelter site before venturing out.
- Physicians and Physician Assistants
- Social Workers
- Clothing (t-shirts, sweat pants, underwear, etc.)
- Bedding (sheets, blankets, pillows etc.)
- Personal hygiene items
- Baby supplies (diapers, unopened formula, bottles, etc.)
- Pet supplies (food, carriers/crates, leashes,
- Non-perishable food