Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi estimates that 8,862 students (72% of the student body) were impacted directly by Hurricane Harvey. In the days following Harvey’s impact, the university established a call center and 412 students contacted the center with needs.
The Associate Vice President & Dean of Students along with the case managers from the Division of Student Engagement & Success, contacted each student and assured that all needs were addressed. In addition, the financial aid office reviewed each individual student’s case to determine if additional financial aid was justifiable.
Thirty-three Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students were referred locally to United Way’s 2-1-1 service and Catholic Charities to address financial concerns. The students either did not have insurance to cover the damaged or lost items or the deductible was so high that they were seeking other resources for basic needs. These agencies provided students with everything from assistance with books, to childcare, repairs, food and clothing. Several students lost their jobs because of hurricane damage to their place of employment; these students were referred to Career Services and Workforce Development.
Ultimately, 140 students withdrew from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in the fall of 2017 citing the Hurricane as the reason for their withdrawal. Of the 140 students that withdrew, 96 students did not return in subsequent semesters (Spring 2018, Summer 2018 or Fall 2018).
In February 2018 Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi was awarded $25,000 from the Hurricane Harvey Help fund to disburse to students impacted by the storm. Through the records kept in the call center, 58 students were identified as being most in need of funding to address significant losses due to the storm. The grants from the Hurricane Harvey Help fund to these 58 students ranged from $350 - $474.