Tuesday, June 29, 2021
  Around Campus, Announcements

By News and Internal Communications

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 29, 2021 – Building on its efforts throughout the pandemic, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has launched several initiatives aimed at providing students financial support for the upcoming Fall 2021 semester.

The initiatives, funded through both federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) awards and UTRGV institutional investments, are providing assistance in a variety of ways to help ensure all students have the opportunity to receive financial support this Fall.

“We continue to be focused on providing financial assistance to our students to help them overcome the economic impact of the pandemic,” said UTRGV President Guy Bailey.  “Helping to remove some of our students’ financial barriers has played an integral role in ensuring that they continue their educational journeys.”

Below is a list of the financial assistance programs in place for the fall semester, totaling more than $42 million in relief:

Student Debt Discharge

UTRGV will use HEERF funds to discharge debt owed by students who were enrolled between March 13, 2020, and March 16, 2021, and still had outstanding debt to UTRGV.

This debt discharge is either for an outstanding student account balance at UTRGV or outstanding UTRGV institutional loan (such as an emergency or short-term loan). Federal or private loans are not eligible for this program.


Fall Liftoff

UTRGV will provide eligible students up to $1,000 in tuition and mandatory fees. To view the eligibility requirements or for more information, click here.


Fall Cash Grants

UTRGV will continue to offer cash grants to all eligible students to meet financial needs. More information for fall will be provided soon. 


Vaccine Incentive


As part of UTRGV’s efforts to keep its campuses safe as we return to normal operations this Fall, the university is using HEERF funds to incentivize students to fill out their Vaccine Portal.

If a student completes the vaccine portal and also enrolls for the Fall by July 12, UTRGV will give that student $100 cash.


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.