Hurricane Harvey Relief

This past week, we have watched news unfold about Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the Texas Gulf Coast, the greater Houston area and parts of Louisiana. We know that more than 2,000 current students are from areas in the storm’s path, and we want to provide comfort to those of you who are suffering as a result. Please refer to the information and resources below. If you need additional guidance not addressed here, reach the Dean of Students directly at dos@utdallas.edu. Your UTD community is here for you. Comet Strong!

Tuition and Financial Aid

In order to provide maximum flexibility for students impacted by Harvey, the deadline for payment of tuition and fees for fall 2017 classes has been extended to Sept. 13. Students needing further accommodations to deal with the aftereffects of Harvey should contact the Bursar’s Office via email, or call them at 972-883-2612.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board oversees state-based student loan programs, including the College Access Loan, B-on-Time Loan Program and the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program (TASSP). If you are a borrower living or working in one of the counties declared a natural disaster area by the Governor, you may be eligible to receive a three-month forbearance on loan repayments. Call the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board loan program staff at 800-242-3062 or 512-427-6340 for details.

The U.S. Department of Education oversees Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans (also known as Stafford Loans), PLUS Loans, Perkins Loans and other federal student loan programs. Its guidance for borrowers impacted by Hurricane Harvey is available online. If you have questions regarding federal financial assistance, the U.S. Department of Education has established a toll-free Hurricane Harvey Hotline at 844-348-4082, as well as a Hurricane Harvey email address to provide answers, make references to resources and share information.

Class Attendance

We know the lives and schedules of students with families in the Houston area have been seriously impacted by Hurricane Harvey, and we also realize that possible aftereffects such as gasoline shortages may directly affect all members of the UT Dallas community in the days ahead. Accordingly, we recommend faculty take these factors into account with regard to attendance policies, make-up work and deadlines for submission of class assignments.

University Housing

Students who pay rent monthly at University Village Apartments and University Commons Residence Halls may have a logistical challenge with their September rent payment because of the storm. University Housing will waive all late fees in September for residents impacted by Harvey. If you have rent payment issues or concerns, email Hayley Minton.

Students residing in Canyon Creek Heights North and Canyon Creek Heights South should work directly with the Bursar’s Office regarding questions about payment to their student account.

Military Deployment

Texas National Guard members who are current students at Texas public institutions of higher education and have been called to active duty status to participate in hurricane relief efforts have several options regarding their enrollment. Under Texas law, the institution must excuse a student under active deployment from attending class or engaging in other required activity, up to a maximum of 25 percent of the total number of class meetings or contact hour equivalents for a course. Students who withdraw due to active military service may choose to have their tuition and fees refunded, take an incomplete grade, or request a final grade if they have completed a substantial amount of coursework and demonstrated sufficient mastery of the material. Finally, students who withdraw for active military service shall be readmitted within one year of completing their service, without requiring reapplication or charging a fee.

University Housing also will work closely with National Guard members with regard to cancellation or deferral of their on-campus housing. Contact Hayley Minton for more information.

Read more about military deployment here. If you have additional questions, please connect with the University’s Military and Veteran Center.

Additional Campus Resources

Student Counseling Center

If you are in need of emotional support, staff from the Student Counseling Center are available. You may stop by the center during regular business hours, or utilize the after-hours crisis hotline at 972-UTD-TALK (972-883-8255).

Comet Cupboard

Comet Cupboard, an on-campus food bank for students, is also available if needed. Its primary mission is to provide necessary food and personal care items to members of the UT Dallas community. It is located in MC 1.604, in the basement of the Eugene McDermott Library.

Office of Student Volunteerism

The Office of Student Volunteerism has created an online guide with a list of local and national resources and relief opportunities.