Summer II Update

Dear MSU Texas Community,

During the past month, we have closely evaluated information as it pertains to course delivery for the Summer II term. After careful consideration, and in light of Gov. Abbott’s announcement last week regarding school closures, we believe it is in the best interest of our campus community to continue remote learning through Summer II. 

We are making this decision now to allow more time for faculty, staff and students to prepare for continued remote learning through the summer.

In addition to this shift for summer, we also want to make you aware of initiatives the University is taking to lessen the financial strain for our students and their families.


Refunds

As announced at last week’s virtual town hall, beginning this week we will issue refunds to students with unused portions of their spring 2020 housing and dining plans. The refunds will be prorated from March 23. This action will replace our earlier intention of applying credits to the upcoming fall.


Mustangs Guarantee

The salary threshold of our Mustangs Guarantee program has been raised from $50,000 to $65,000. For our Pell Grant eligible families with an adjusted gross income of $65,000 or less, tuition may be free. The adjustment of this income threshold will allow more new students to participate, and returning Mustangs Guarantee program eligible students may participate at a higher salary threshold. More information is available on the Mustangs Guarantee webpage.


Federal Grant Assistance

As announced April 14 by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, MSU will receive a $4.4 million federal grant to respond to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant funding is from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the CARES Act. Of the $4.4 million the University will receive, 50% will be designated toward providing students with emergency federal grant assistance to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations. The second half of the grant makes possible reimbursement for losses faced by universities as a direct result of the pandemic’s disruption.

The University received the first half of funding designated for our students yesterday. A working group under the direction of Vice President Beth Reissenweber is planning and implementing an application process in accordance with guidance provided by the Department of Education. We anticipate that the application process will be complete this week.


Upcoming Virtual Town Halls

I want to thank all those who watched and/or participated in the virtual town hall on Facebook and Instagram last week. The information was well received by our current and prospective students as well as their families. This week’s town hall will focus on academic questions, D2L, and tutoring and online resources. I hope you will be able to join us for that conversation at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23.

 

Again, thank you for your dedication to our students through this challenging time. Your efforts allow our students to continue to pursue their degrees, focus on something “normal,” and prepare for a better tomorrow.

 

Suzanne Shipley, Ph.D.
MSU Texas President