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What is the status of study abroad programs?

The university is monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 in close cooperation with the Overseas Security Advisory Council (an office of the Department of State), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and our private health, safety, and security partner.

For the latest information on programs abroad, review the most recent update on the Programs Abroad website.

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How has the university distributed federal COVID-19 relief funding?

CARES Act funding, spring 2020

The university distributed $9.62 million provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for student emergency relief. Approximately 90 percent of the CARES Act funding was disbursed directly to about 9,000 eligible students in the form of grant aid to help with financial hardships as a result of COVID-19. The remaining 10 percent was distributed to students who applied for and were eligible for emergency financial assistance.

HEERF II funding, spring 2021

The university has begun distributing $19.62 million in federal student emergency relief from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II). Approximately 99 percent of the money allocated for student emergency relief is being disbursed directly to about 13,700 eligible students in the form of grant aid to help with financial hardships as a result of COVID-19. The remaining 1 percent of student emergency relief funds is being allocated to the Student Emergency Fund administered by the Office of the Dean of Students.

Grant aid in both spring 2020 and spring 2021 was distributed to UT undergraduate and graduate students with the highest need based on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Information about distribution of federal COVID-19 student emergency relief is available on the One Stop Student Services website.

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What guidance do you have for international students?

The Center for Global Engagement has provided detailed information and resources for current and prospective international students.

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What is the status of university travel?

What you need to do

Business units are responsible for trip cancellations related to COVID-19.

To avoid COVID-19 exposure during travel, follow the same health and safety behaviors as at home. Wear a mask. Practice social distancing. Wash hands frequently. Clean frequently touched surfaces and monitor your health.

Anyone coming to campus who has recently traveled, whether in the US or internationally, should decide whether they need to self-isolate based on local travel restrictions, the rate of community spread to which they have been exposed, any specific known exposures, their own health assessment, and their vaccination status.

Learn more about when to self-isolate.

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