Cougar Vaccination and Testing Incentives
08/11/2021, 11:45:02 AM
University of Houston

Dear Coogs,

I am so grateful to our entire Cougar community, especially the many students who exhibited patience and understanding during the past year as we faced the challenges caused by the pandemic. We look forward to welcoming our students back to campus on August 23 and returning to the face-to-face activities that we celebrate as part of our University of Houston tradition.

Today, I am sharing details with you about two opt-in programs, the new Cougar Vaccination Incentive Program and the Cougar Testing Incentive Program.

Through Sept. 30, all students who choose to voluntarily participate in the Cougar Vaccination Incentive Program will receive $50 in ShastaBUCKS, which can be used via your Cougar Card at on-campus dining locations, the Campus Store, vending machines and select off-campus merchants.

Also, randomly selected participants will be eligible for additional incentives that include:

  • One student: Two semesters of paid tuition and fees
  • Two students: One semester of paid tuition and fees
  • Five students: Student-zoned parking permits for 2021-2022

If you have already received your COVID-19 vaccination, please log in to AccessUH and click on the Cougar Vaccination Incentive Program icon. You will receive specific instructions how to upload your documentation for verification. Please note: this documentation will be deleted once it has been verified.

Need to be vaccinated? We will be holding a special vaccination clinic on campus on August 16, or you can use the Texas Health and Human Services website to help you find a vaccination location.

The data suggests that vaccination remains the best intervention for reliable protection. If you have already been vaccinated, thank you. If you have not, I sincerely ask that you familiarize yourself with the pertinent information, consult with your doctor, and seriously consider being vaccinated. Should you choose to get vaccinated, you can then follow the steps above to become a Cougar Vaccination Incentive Program participant.

The $50 in ShastaBUCKS incentive will be distributed beginning the week of August 23 — after verification of documentation is confirmed by the Cougar Card Office — and will continue through Sept. 30. The additional incentives of tuition and fees and parking permits will be awarded the week of Oct. 4. For more information about the Cougar Vaccination Incentive Program, please email

For the Cougar Testing Incentive Program, students who complete COVID-19 testing at the on-campus Curative testing kiosk will receive a $2 credit for each  test that can be applied to Cougar Cash or ShastaBUCKS. Details on this program can be found on signage located near the Curative testing kiosk at the Student Center.

We are looking forward to an amazing fall semester.

Go Coogs!

Richard Walker
Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services
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