Posted: 12/22/21

TAMIU CARES has $7.5M Available; Applications Now Open



This past year, Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) students were able to tap into over $11.5 million in student support from the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) appropriations, formerly known as the CARES grant.  This Spring 2022, eligible students will be able to benefit from over $7.5 million in student support funding through TAMIU CARES.

Spring 2022 students at TAMIU who meet selection criteria can now apply for Spring assistance.  Applications opened Monday, January 10, 2022.

TAMIU president Dr. Pablo Arenaz said the difference the student assistance grant has made is not only measurable, but profound.

“The nation’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 Pandemic created burdens on us all, including TAMIU students and their families. The TAMIU CARES assistance made a profound difference, enabling students to continue their degree progress through the intervention provided by these emergency grant monies.  Many in our recent Fall ’21 graduating class of over 1000 students were able to complete their degree because of TAMIU CARES assistance.  That’s life-changing,” Dr. Arenaz observed.

HEERF student emergency aid grants are used to address any component of the cost of attendance or for emergency costs arising from the Pandemic, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental healthcare), and child care.  Eligible students may apply once during each semester they are enrolled. When applying, students are required to attest to their eligible, Pandemic-related needs. Students may elect to use the funding to pay off any outstanding balances owed to the University.

Eligible undergraduate and graduate students can access an online application and additional program information by visiting www.tamiu.edu/cares.  Late submissions or re-submissions are not permitted. An informative video is at https://go.tamiu.edu/application-faq.  

Also available this Spring at the University is the continuation of TAMIU’s popular TAMIU Books IncludED program, introduced last Fall.  It provides degree-seeking students with all required course materials free of charge -- including graduate and online students – on the first day of classes.  This innovative program is part of TAMIU’s retention strategy to provide additional academic support systems to help students overcome barriers arising from the Pandemic that may otherwise prevent them from completing their education. 

President Arenaz said the TAMIU Books IncludED program was enthusiastically adopted by students.

“Based on student feedback here this Fall, TAMIU students love the convenience and ease in accessing course materials on Day One. This Fall, 8,457 students participated, enjoying savings in excess of $3.7 million,about $438 on average per student. It’s a huge incentive for both students and their parents,” Arenaz noted.

He said the University will also continue to offer its “Be a Champ, Get the Shot” initiative focused on promoting increased vaccination rates. Students who submit proof of vaccination have a chance to win free tuition and fees for the upcoming Spring semester. Other prizes like Dusty Dollars and other gift cards will be awarded throughout the semester. For more information, visit https://go.tamiu.edu/beachamp. 

To preview the Spring Semester at TAMIU, visit: https://go.tamiu.edu/springpreview

Spring Semester face to face classes begin Monday, Jan. 24. Late Registration continues through Jan. 28, 2022.  To learn more about TAMIU’s Registration processes, visit the dedicated Registration Hub at https://go.tamiu.edu/registration.