Student Emergency Aid Programs

The Office of Student Financial Assistance provides oversight of multiple emergency aid programs to support students in continuing to attend classes while experiencing emergent circumstances. The funds are available to assist students with unexpected expenses, such as car repairs, utility expenses, childcare expenses, health care expenses and more. Student emergency aid may be in the form of grants, low-interest loans, or referrals to community organizations as appropriate.

Emergency Aid Programs

Student Emergency Relief Fund (SERF) Grant

SERF Grants are designed to helps currently enrolled students with a temporary emergent financial need.  Funds are made available through the Office of Student Financial Assistance and considered estimated financial assistance in financial aid awards.  Students must be in good standing with the institution. Documentation supporting emergent financial need or circumstances is required for consideration.

Student Emergency Relief Fund (SERF) Loan

Emergency Loans are designed to help students with a temporary emergent financial need. These funds are available through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, but are separate from the emergency tuition and fee loans. Currently enrolled students who are in good financial standing with the university may apply for an emergency loan.  Typical maximum loan amounts are $500. Loans have a 1.25% origination fee. Students may be required to meet with an Office of Student Financial Assistance representative to discuss need and discuss ability to repay loan by designated repayment date. Documentation supporting emergent financial need or circumstances is required for consideration.

CARES Act Emergency Aid

The CARES Act funding covers expenses related to the disruption of normal institution operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Based on guidance provided by the Department of Education, general eligibility requirements for CARES Act emergency aid includes:

  • Must be enrolled in the semester for which the student is requesting aid. 
  • Must be a degree-seeking student–Undergraduate, Graduate, Specialist, or Doctoral.
  • Must be eligible to receive Title IV aid; see Title IV Eligibility Criteria (Basic Eligibility Criteria for Federal Student Aid).
  • Enrollment was impacted by COVID-19 and have expenses incurred for housing, food, course materials, technology, healthcare, or childcare.
  • Must have submitted 2019-2020 FAFSA if applying for Spring 2020 or Summer 2020; must have submitted a 2020-2021 FAFSA if applying for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021.
  • Must not be enrolled exclusively online in a program available 100% online.

All funds awarded to a student through an emergency aid program will be disbursed through the student account.  Refunds will be sent to BankMobile and provided to you via your previously selected refund preference.

CARES Act Interim Report

Food Pantries and Other Resources

United Way of Central Texas

2-1-1 Texas

Food Pantries

Located in Warrior Hall 105, the Campus Cupboard is an on-campus food pantry serving students, faculty, and staff of A&M-Central Texas in need of assistance.

On May 29, the Cupboard will be open from 10am – 4pm and taking two clients at a time with drive-thru contactless distribution. Students will need to reserve a time slot. To sign up for a pick-up time, please visit the request form here:

Warriors must present a valid TAMUCT ID (or photo ID) and be currently taking coursework.

Both new and returning clients will have to fill out short, informational intake forms available upon arrival. Your information is kept private.

After May 29th, students will be able to pick up one bag each in WH 105 on Tuesdays between 9am and 12pm. If referred students are unable to retrieve the bag Tuesday mornings, they should email or call 254-519-5496 to schedule an appointment.

  • Gatesville Care Center – 105 North 7th Street, Gatesville, Texas, (254)-865-6736
  • Food Care Center – 210 North 16th Street, Gatesville, Texas (254)-554-5740
  • Lake Whitney Food Bank – 603 South Bosque Street, Gatesville, Texas (254)-694-3155
  • Gatesville ISD is serving food at The Gatesville Primary School from 8am-1pm and from 3:45pm-5pm for all ages, (254)-865-7251
  • Lampasas Mission, 910 Fourth Street, Lampasas, Texas (512)-556-5779
  • Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, 710 North Key Avenue, Lampasas, Texas, (512)-556-5544
  • My Brother’s House, 107 Lyons Street, Copperas Cove, Texas, (254)-547-5206
  • Baptist Benevolent Ministries, 300 West Avenue B, Copperas Cove, Texas, (254)-542-6780
  • Lampasas school districts are offering free meals between 7:30am and 9am
  • Shepherd’s Heart, 1401 North 34th Street, Waco, Texas, (254)-722-9517
  • Living Word COGIC, 1005 Dunbar Avenue, Waco, Texas, (254)-799-3796
  • Caritas of Waco, 300 South 15th Street, Waco, Texas, (254)-753-4593
  • MCC Food Pantry
  • McLennan County Hunger Coalition, 300 South 15th Street, (254)753-3545
  • Hill Country Community Ministries, 1005 Lacy Drive, Leander, TX, (512)259-0360
  • Round Rock Serving Area Center, 1099 East Main Street, Round Rock, Texas, (512)244-2431
  • United Way of Williamson County, 1111 North Interstate 35 Frontage Road, Round Rock, Texas (512)255-6799
  • Circle of Hope Community Center: Food Pantry, Resource and Learning Center, 2900 West Pecan Street, Pflugerville, TX (512)692-8001
  • Shepherd’s Heart, 121 East 2nd Street, Taylor, Texas, (512)352-5553
  • Austin Vineyard Church, 13208 Morris Road, Austin, Texas, (512)331-5200
  • Leander Church of Christ, 300 Crystal Falls Parkway, Leander, Texas, (512)259-4673
  • Williamson County schools will provide breakfast from 7:30am to 9:30am, lunch from 11am to 1pm (Frost Elementary, Purl Elementary, and Pickett Elementary)
  • Leander Schools will offer breakfast from 7:30am to 9:30am and lunch from noon to 1:30pm (Bagdad Elementary and Reed Elementary)