CARES Act Funding for Students

South Texas College’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund assists students whose lives have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The College is pleased to be able to help students who are facing financial challenges and are struggling to make ends meet.

The College is distributing emergency financial aid from the CARES Act directly to students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses.

In order to be considered, students must be enrolled at the College. Students must apply online as applications will not be available on-campus. On-campus services are very limited and by appointment only.

Current Student Program Eligibility Requirements

Maximum award not to exceed $600

Based on federal guidelines, Dual credit students, international students, DREAMers, and DACA recipients are not eligible for CARES Act emergency grants.

Students must fill out an application to be considered. Not all students will qualify. A committee will review each application and aid amounts will be based on need.

Students must submit an online application through the link on the College website. In order to determine eligibility, only students who are or could be eligible for Federal Title IV programs will be considered. Students who have not filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) also may receive emergency financial aid grants provided that they meet the criteria to participate in programs under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The criteria to participate include but are not limited to the following:

  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program
  • Be a U.S citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  • Be registered with the Selective Service
  • Have a valid Social Security Number
  • Must have a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting
  • Be meeting the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Not owe an overpayment (refund) on Title IV grants
  • Not be in default on a Federal Title IV loan, and
  • Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations

Each application will be reviewed by a committee and aid amounts will be based on student need. Students eligible for disbursements can receive refunds electronically to a preferred bank account by enrolling in e-Refunds; learn how to sign up for e-Refunds

Students not enrolled in e-Refunds will receive their disbursement in the form of a paper check mailed to the address on file.

Please use your STC email ( and password to login and complete your application.

CARES Application - Closed

CARES Act Grant Institutional Disclosure

South Texas College has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on April 16, 2020. South Texas College intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. 

Updated September 17, 2020

Recipient's Funding Certification & Agreement - Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Download
Total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. $10,011,119
Total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30 day Report) $9,450,600
Estimated total number of students at the institution 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 12,000
Total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act
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