Texas State University
Bobcat Cares: Texas State University has announced the Bobcat Cares program to provide funds directly to currently enrolled and eligible students with COVID-19 related expenses, emergency grants to all students enrolled in summer courses, pro-rated refunds of certain spring semester charges, and a new scholarship to cover fee and tuition costs for the fall 2020 semester.
Bobcat Promise: Currently accepted freshmen with a family annual adjusted gross income of $50,000 are now eligible for free tuition. Find out more at https://news.txstate.edu/inside-txst/2020/texas-state-expands-bobcat-promise.html
Landlord/tenant issues: The City of San Marcos has information for tenants posted online at https://www.sanmarcostx.gov/3087/Resident-Resources.
San Marcos CISD
Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT): P-EBT is a one-time benefit of up to $285 and will be issued on an EBT card to assist families during this unanticipated school closure. San Marcos CISD will email eligible families information on this program.
Children up to 21 years old who are certified for free or reduced-price meals at school in Texas during the 2019-20 school year and all children who attend a school that offers free meals to all students are eligible to receive P-EBT benefits.
Families who received SNAP benefits for the month of March 2020 and have children 5-18 years old as of May 17, 2020, do not need to apply for those children. These families will receive P-EBT benefits on their current Lone Star Card by May 22. No further action is required.
Families with children up to 21 years old who are certified to receive free or reduced-price meals during the 2019-20 school year need to apply for P-EBT. (This includes families who received SNAP benefits for the month of March 2020 and have children under 5 and between 19 and 21.) These families will need to apply for P-EBT benefits online. Eligible families will receive a school email with a link to the P-EBT application the first week of June and will have until June 30, 2020 to complete the application. Once approved, a P-EBT card will be mailed to their household.
Please refer to the “How to Apply for P-EBT” handout for more information about the application process and what information you will need to be provided.
Recipients will have one year, from the date the benefits were issued, to use the P-EBT food benefits. P-EBT benefits are non-transferrable.
For more information, please visit www.hhs.texas.gov/PEBT. A P-EBT call center will be available in June when the application is available. The phone number will be included in the information SMCISD sends eligible families.