Hurricane Harvey has severely impacted the operations of Texas institutions of higher education both inside and outside the immediate disaster area. This site will serve as the Coordinating Board's central hub for information related to storm impacts on higher education, including guidance for institutions, resources and information for students at impacted schools, and instructions for student loan borrowers facing difficulty due to Hurricane Harvey. If you have a question that is not addressed in these materials, please submit your inquiry by clicking here and staff will assist you as quickly as possible.
The College Board has announced they will offer a free October SAT registration, and a CSS Profile fee waiver to students who are experiencing hardship and/or displacement due to the hurricane and are in an area designated by FEMA. Students who are registered for the October SAT should call Customer Service to receive a refund of their registration and late fee. More details and contact information for the College Board are available at:
Texas universities, health-related institutions, community, state and technical colleges have had to make major adjustments as a result of Hurricane Harvey. As issues arise, the Coordinating Board will post guidance for administrators, faculty and other institutional staff regarding changes to reporting requirements, financial aid disbursement, and any other agency rules or procedures to accommodate storm related impacts.
Students at institutions in the disaster area, and those who reside in the disaster area, may have their studies severely disrupted by the storm. You should contact your institution of higher education (understanding that communications may be difficult in the immediate days after the storm) to verify start dates, status of facilities, and any other issues that may impact your ability to attend.
If you are facing additional financial hardship due to Hurricane Harvey, your first step should be to contact your institution's office of financial aid. The financial aid officers at your institution can help you explore your options, such as potentially recalculating your financial need or accessing emergency aid to assist you. Additionally, if you have questions regarding federal financial assistance the U.S. Department of Education has established a toll-free Hurricane Harvey Hotline (1-844-348-4082) and Hurricane Harvey email address (HarveyRelief@ed.gov) to provide answers to questions, make references to helpful resources, and share information.
Texas National Guard members who are currently students at Texas public institutions of higher education and have been called to an 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% of the total number of class meetings or contact hour equivalents for a course. A student who withdraws due to active military service may choose to have their tuition and fees refunded, take an incomplete grade, or request a final grade if the student who has completed a substantial amount of coursework and demonstrated sufficient mastery of the material. Finally, a student who withdraws for active military service shall be readmitted within one year of completing their service, without requiring reapplication or charging a fee. You should contact your institution as soon as possible to fully understand and explore your options.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board oversees state-based student loan programs including the College Access Loan, B-on-Time Loan Program, and Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program (TASSP). If you are a borrower living or working in one of the counties that have been declared a natural disaster area by the Governor, you may be eligible to receive 3-month forbearance on loan repayments. Please contact our loan program staff at (800) 242-3062 or (512) 427-6340.
The U.S. Department of Education oversees Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans (also referred to as Stafford Loans), PLUS Loans, Perkins Loans and other federal student loan programs. Their guidance for borrowers impacted by Hurricane Harvey is available at: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/about/announcements/hurricane.
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