Student Resources


Updated on 05/21/2020:
Emergency Funds from the CARES Act are available for students now. For details regarding who qualifies, how to apply, and current data as of Friday, May 15, 2020, please visit the Scholarships & Financial Aid COVID-19 webpage. Students can apply using the Scholarships & Financial Aid Emergency Aid application.

Updated on 03/18/2020:
From Texas A&M University’s Scholarships & Financial Aid office to all students that might need assistance with equipment to connect virtually for classes or pay for extra data usage, among other issues that may affect their financial stability due to the COVID-19 virus:

"We are prepared to assist each student with not only options they already have available, but whatever additional aid we can offer. At this time, we are asking students to complete the Emergency Aid Application. Our office will respond to individual students as soon as possible with all available options. If you require additional information or would like to discuss this in further detail, please visit or call our office at (979) 845-3236.”

On 04/14/2020, the Office of the Provost announced a new form that is available to students who are ill/injured and cannot keep up with their courses. Students should also review the following guidance:

  • If you are feeling ill, call your healthcare provider’s office or Student Health Services at (979) 458-8310 to determine if you should make an appointment, or visit: shs.tamu.edu
  • Contact your instructors to notify them of your illness.
  • Personal injury or an illness that is too severe or contagious for the student to attend class may be considered an excused absence under Student Rule 7. The student is responsible for providing documentation substantiating the reason for the absence, including reasons stated in Student Rule, Section 7.2. This documentation must be provided within three (3) business days of the last date of the absence, unless otherwise stated in this rule.

If your illness is impacting your ability to make progress in your courses and you can’t get in to see a medical provider, this form may be used in lieu of a medical confirmation note as required in Student Rule 7 during Spring and Summer 2020 terms only. Please refer to Student Rule 7 for guidance on class attendance and absences. This form must be submitted to the instructor within two (2) calendar days of return to class.

Visit tamu.edu/coronavirus for official updates. 

Spectrum

Spectrum is offering FREE Broadband and FREE Wifi to students for 60 days. Visit the Spectrum website to find out more.

Comcast

Comcast is offering low-income families who are new customers FREE Internet Essentials service for 60 days through their Xfinity services. In addition, Comcast announced that WiFi hotspots are free for everyone, data plans have been paused for 60 days to give everyone unlimited data for no charge, and there will be no disconnects or late fees if you contact them ahead of time. Find out more on the Comcast website.

Altice/Suddenlink

Altice/Suddenlink is offering Altice Advantage broadband free for 60 days to any new household in our service area with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not currently have home internet access. If you live in the Optimum service area, please call 866.200.9522 or visit the Optimum Coronavirus website.

Hullabaloo U's Tips To Be A Successful Online Learner

  • Treat online and on campus classes the same
    • Treat an online class the same way as an on-campus course.
    • Be prepared.
    • Your professors will have work you’ll do on your own time, as well as live, real-time lectures or discussions.
    • Be sure to dedicate the time necessary to do work on your own time.
  • Stay Engaged – It might feel more challenging right now, but our goal is for students to stay connected and engaged with the campus, their classmates, advisor, and faculty. 
    • Collaborate in online course discussions to better grasp the course materials and connect with classmates.
    • Set up a Google Hangout to have group discussions. 
    • Request a virtual meeting with your professor if you have questions about the material.
    • Reach out to your professor if you are falling behind with the online coursework for any reason. It’s better to get the help you need as early as possible.
  • Time Management
    • Plan ahead. Use a day planner or Google calendar to keep track of deadlines and assignments.
    • Create a daily and/or weekly schedule that includes online class time and study time.
    • Don’t multi-task.
    • Set a timer. Using a timer or phone alarm for 25-40 minutes allows you to work uninterrupted for a scheduled period of time and will help you stay on track.
    • Review each course syllabus to ensure you stay on top of upcoming tests and quizzes.
  • Practice mental wellness and avoid burnout
    • Take short 5-15 minute breaks after working on the computer for 25-40 minutes.
    • Move around and stretch.
    • Relax in ways that de-stress. Get a good night’s sleep, 7-8 hours, every day.
  • Staying focused and eliminating distractions will help you  meet deadlines and avoid procrastination.
    • Once again, set time aside each week as class time and study time.
    • Don’t let Netflix, Amazon shopping, or YouTube distract you from meeting course deadlines.
    • Figure out what strategy works best for you.
  • If you need help staying focused, consider creating lists using a project management tool, such as Trello or Smartsheet, to help organize tasks.
    • If you prefer a traditional to-do list, then look at digital notebooks like Todoist or Evernote.
    • Cold Turkey and Freedom can help eliminate distractions by blocking the apps and websites such as Youtube, Snapchat, and Twitter.
  • Academic Advisor
    • Reach out to your advisor for guidance and support.
    • Advisors are available via email, phone, and Zoom. 
  • Educational Environment
    • Wherever you choose to study, organize your space to help you focus on your studies; ensure reliable high-speed internet as best you can.
    • Headphones may be helpful if your professor posts a required course video to watch.
  • Keep your device(s) charged!