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The College of Natural Sciences Student Emergency Fund was created to support our students with various emergencies. We understand financial help cannot fix all of the unique issues that a student may be facing, but we hope these fund can help students get back on a path of success. 

Funds may be awarded up to a cap of $500, depending on the nature of the emergency, and are granted at the discretion of the Dean’s Office. These funds DO NOT have to be repaid.

If you need help with financial expenses exceeding this amount, or if you need help with other non-academic needs, please contact one of our non-academic counselors (Debra Elliott or Aaron Braverman) to discuss all of your options. 

Types of Expenses

Typical expenses that may be covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Medications/Prescriptions or costs related to medical care
  • Academic related needs (i.e. technology, textbooks, course materials)
  • Safety related needs (i.e. changing a lock on a vehicle or home)
  • Replacement of personal belongings due to fire or natural disaster
  • Essential expenses because of a hardship related to an emergency situation (i.e. rent, utilities, food)

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be students in the College of Natural Sciences.
  • Applicants must have a temporary financial hardship resulting from an emergency situation as outlined above.
  • Applicants must be able to provide sufficient documentation that they have applied for support from the University's Student Emergency Services . If you have not applied for SES funding, please submit that request BEFORE requesting College of Natural Sciences funding. Students who are denied funding from SES may still be eligible for the College of Natural Sciences Emergency Fund.
  • Applicants are eligible for College of Natural Sciences funds one time per academic year. 

Once we confirm that your application is complete and accurate, we will respond as soon as possible. 

NOTE: College of Natural Sciences emergency funding may impact previously awarded aid, and is coordinated with the Student Emergency Services program and the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. You may be contacted for additional information in connection with this application.

Other Resources

  • UT Student Emergency Fund - limited emergency financial support to currently enrolled students who are unable to meet essential expenses due to a temporary or unexpected hardship. Student Emergency Services is no longer offering emergency aid for COVID-related expenses.
  • BCCAL -Trained staff are available during business hours to answer COVID-19 questions and connect students, staff, and faculty with support and resources.
  • Office of Scholarships and  Financial Aid – Apply for emergency loans
  • Texas Global – Apply for emergency tuition and cash loans
  • 2-1-1 Texas - A comprehensive list of resources in your local community for Texas residents.

If you or your parents have experienced a recent reduction in income or financial resources due to extenuating circumstances and you have already completed the FAFSA, please complete the  income reduction appeal for the appropriate academic year via DocuSign to receive more comprehensive aid than this emergency fund is able to offer.  The income reduction appeal (formerly known as the special circumstances appeal) allows UT Austin to assess your financial aid and make any adjustments to your financial aid package given your current situation. You may request a PDF via email to onestop@utexas.edu, but please note that PDF processing times may be delayed.

If you need technology support, please also complete the Cost of Attendance Appeal Form. The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid can recalculate your total cost of attendace for the year including your technology needs, and may be able to offer grant or loan funding to support your needs.  


Please complete the application, including any supporting documentation you have regarding prior application with Student Emergency Services, or documentation pertaining to your current need. 

Non-academic Counselors can be helpful when life situations occur that begin to impact your academics. Examples of these situations include emergency personal or family situations, personal or family illness, a sudden financial crisis, a death, an accident or housing issue, or any other situation that is impacting you or your course load. 

Services Offered by Non-Academic Advisors: 

  • Information, referrals and resources,
  • Consultation on options regarding non-academic drops or withdrawal,
  • Notifications to instructors for absences related to emergencies, and
  • Help with Medical Course Load Reductions and Medical Withdrawals.

Non-Academic Drops

Non-Academic Drops

All students wishing to drop for documented non-academic reasons must have an appointment with a non-academic counselor. To schedule an appointment prior to 10/28, email Debra Elliot (debra.elliott@austin.utexas.edu) or Aaron Braverman (aaron.braverman@austin.utexas.edu) with several days/times you are available and include your UT EID.

The deadline to Q-Drop a course for Non-academic reason for Fall 2020 is October 29th at 5:00PM.

You are encouraged to make an appointment for this as soon as possible prior to the 10/29 deadline date. Non-academic Counselors will only be taking students via the Walk-in Waitlist on 10/28 and 10/29 until 4:30 PM.

Non-academic drops do not count against the 6-drop limit; and Q drops processed as Non-academic may be helpful to the student in case there is a need to petition for a third time repeat of a course.


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College of Natural Sciences Course Preparation Materials

Biology Readiness



The Biology Department has provided resources for Genetics tips for success.


Download “How to succeed in Genetics” worksheet (PDF) ↗


Calculus Readiness



The College of Natural Sciences has extended your access to the Math Readiness Package until December 30th, 2020 and we encourage you to revisit the Learning Modules throughout the fall semester.


Access your Math Readiness Package


Chemistry Readiness



The Department of Chemistry is providing you with online resources you might want to use to get ready for your Principles of Chemistry course. 


Access the CH 301: Principles of Chemistry I: Learning Modules

Our Learning Modules website includes fifteen modules for your Principals of Chemistry I course. 


Access the CH 320M/CH 328M: Organic Chemistry I : Canvas Learning Modules

Our Canvas Learning Modules include seven modules derived from the introductory chapter of your Organic Chemistry textbook.


  • Any website trouble or questions? Please email Chemistry Student Services (css@cm.utexas.edu)


Physics Readiness



The Department of Physics is providing you with the Physics Readiness Package that you might want to use to prepare for the remote learning environment for your Physics course.

Access the Physics Readiness Package


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CNS Advising and Student Services Staff is providing full services, we are just changing how those services are administered during Fall, 2020. Registration advising will be offered via virtual meetings in Zoom, email or by telephone appointment.

Contact the College of Natural Sciences Student Services Office


If you need assistance, click here to access our virtual office.
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.

E-mail and Phone Appointments:
CNSinfo@austin.utexas.edu, please include your EID.  If you would like to speak to someone on the phone, include a phone number in your email. You will receive a call from a blocked number during normal business hours. 


Adding Courses

Adding a Course

To add a course before the fourth class day, 8/31/20, 5:00PM, submit via the online registration page. *add link*

To add a course after the fourth class day, 8/31/20, 5:00PM, you must request permission from the department offering the course. A list of CNS departmental contacts are below. In order to find a department outside of CNS please use our friend Google to search for the appropriate contact email. Adding a course after the fourth class day is not guaranteed and depends completely on departmental permission. 


Online waitlists will be active through Monday, 8/31/20, you can only be added to a course if a spot becomes available and you are next on the list.  

Check your waitlist status often and resolve any errors that may be preventing you from being added. Contacting the professor or your advisor does not help bypass the waitlist process.  After 8/31/20, the waitlist is no longer used and you must follow procedures listed above for adding a course after the fourth class day.  

If you are graduating in fall 2020 and still need to get into a course to graduate, please contact your academic advisor immediately.

CNS Departmental Contacts

Biosciences (including biology, biochemistry, medical lab science, and neuroscience): bioscienceinfo@utexas.edu for advising questions and biology@austin.utexas.edu for course adds and research credit adds

Chemistry: css@cm.utexas.edu - Phone: 512-354-5045 M-F 9:00AM-12:00PM and 1:00PM-4:00PM

Math: mpaadv@austin.utexas.edu

Physics: ugaffairs@physics.utexas.edu

Astronomy: studentinfo@astro.as.utexas.edu

Statistics: stat.admin@austin.utexas.edu

Computer Science: under-info@cs.utexas.edu

Human Ecology: headvising@austin.utexas.edu 

Textiles & Apparels: angela.patterson@austin.utexas.edu

Public Health: sydney.benator@austin.utexas.edu

Human Development & Family Science: anna.glendening@austin.utexas.edu

Nutrition: jill.lawler@austin.utexas.edu

Adding courses may change your tuition, please be sure to verify if any additional funds are charged. Click here to see how adding a course can impact your financial aid