The University of Texas at Austin has many resources to help its students. If a student in one of your classes is struggling with classes, health, or life in general, you can play an important role in making sure they get the help and support they need. Most of these services are available to graduate students as well.
Counseling and Mental Health Center
The CMHC provides counseling, psychiatric, consultation, and prevention services that fit most students’ needs (some students are referred off-campus if CMHC is unable to provide the support the student needs). They offer individual appointments, various support groups and classes, as well as 24-hour telephone counseling. There may be a nominal fee for some services.
Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC)
The GSC provides safe spaces for all members of the UT Austin community to explore, organize, and promote learning around issues of gender and sexuality. They are particularly concerned with the needs of women and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and ally (LGBTQA) communities. The GSC is a space that is welcoming of all students, and the Center staff is available to talk to anyone with a concern.
Office of Student Financial Services (OSFS)
The OSFS can help students struggling with financial issues in a variety of ways. In addition to assisting with loan, scholarship, and grant applications, they can also fund short-term emergency loans (up to $500), and temporary tuition loans that will delay payment for up to three months. The OSFS also administer Bevonomics, a personal money management education program for UT Austin students, which includes various workshop series and online resources.
The Sanger Center offers many services to help support students with their classes from tutoring to academic coaching. The majority of these services are free.
Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)
Students with documented disabilities can get registered with the SSD. There are many types of disabilities that can be registered, including various learning disabilities, attention disorders, psychological disabilities, motor impairments, and other medical conditions. Once registered, the SSD will help implement reasonable accommodations for students taking classes at UT Austin.
Undergraduate Writing Center (UWC)
The UWC offers individualized, expert help with writing for any UT Austin undergraduate, by appointment or on a drop-in basis. Students can receive help on topics such as organizing ideas, researching, drafting, revising, and proper citation. Students can visit once per assignment per day, with a maximum of three visits per assignment. All consultations are free.
University Health Services
UHS can serve most health needs of students, from general check-ups and vaccinations to chronic disease management and minor surgical procedures (students may be referred to off-campus services if UHS is unable to provide the specialty care a student needs). There is a nominal fee for most services, and they do accept medical insurance.