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Grants

Grants are gift aid that do not have to be repaid. Eligibility is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

FEDERAL GRANTS

Federal Pell Grant - offered to qualified undergraduates who have not earned a bachelor's degree. Amounts range from $582 - $5,645, annually, based on the estimated family contribution and the number of hours enrolled per semester. The lifetime Pell Grant limit has been reduced to 12 semesters (or its equivalent) beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year. To find out more information regarding major program changes, click on Federal Pell Grant.

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) - offered to qualified undergraduates who are Pell grant eligible, and registered in at least six hours.

TEACH Grant - Beginning Fall 2008 a new federal grant program, the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) grant will be available for students majoring in “high-need” fields of study with the intent to teach. This grant provides up to $4000 per year to undergraduate and graduate students who intend to teach in schools that serve students from low-income families.

STATE GRANTS

Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) - a state grant for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need. Awarded to students who are enrolled for at least six hours per semester and who are Texas residents.

Top 10% Scholarship Program – a state program for undergraduate students. Students must be a Texas resident and graduate from an accredited Texas high school. Students must complete the Recommended or Distinguished Achievement HS curriculum, rank in the top 10% of the HS graduating class and submit the FAFSA or TASFA in time to generate the results in a non-rejected status by March 15. Students must demonstrate financial need, register with the Selective Service, or be exempt, and enroll full time in the fall. NOTE: Renewal students have priority funding.

Texas Grant - A state grant awarded to students with financial need (funding awarded to neediest students first) and who enroll full time for the fall. Students must be a Texas resident and graduate of an accredited Texas high school. The FAFSA or TASFA must be submitted by the priority deadline of March 15. Students must register with Selective Service, or be exempt and also meet 2 out of the 4 following areas for priority consideration:

Area

Requirement(s)


Advanced Academic Program

12 hours of college credit (dual credit or AP courses), complete the Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP), or complete the International Baccalaureate Program (IB).

TSI Readiness

Meet the Texas Success Initiatives (TSI) assessment thresholds or qualify for an exemption.

Class Standing

Graduate in the top one/third of the HS graduating class or have a B average.

Advanced Math

Complete at least one math course beyond Algebra II.

 

If funds remain after all eligible priority students who met the priority deadline have been awarded, the balance of allocated funds can go to those students who met just the basic Texas Grant requirements. NOTE: Renewal students have priority funding.


INSTITUTIONAL GRANTS

Purple Promise – An institutional grant that will cover the remaining balance of any tuition and mandatory fees (for 15 hours) that are not covered by other grants, scholarships, exemptions, benefits or waiver programs received by the applicant.

Lumberjack Grant - An institutional grant awarded to both undergraduates and graduates who are Texas residents and enrolled for at least six hours per semester. This grant is created by using institutional funds set aside from tuition and fees and is offered to students with less financial need.

Fund availability will determine if students receive multiple grant awards.

Enrollment Requirements

All financial aid offers are based on full-time enrollment. However, most of the financial aid programs we offer require students to be registered at least half-time. Students considering reducing the number of semester credit hours enrolled should contact our department to determine the effect on scholarship and financial aid eligibility. A reduction in hours may result in an adjustment to the aid offered and may also affect a student’s compliance with the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy. Budget adjustments are made at the beginning of the semester based on the number of hours in which each student is enrolled. Refund checks may therefore be affected by these adjustments. If there are any questions regarding enrollment and the student’s financial aid package, contact your financial aid counselor.

Please keep in mind that enrollment status for financial aid purposes may or may not match enrollment status as defined by the Registrar.

Full-Time

Classification
Fall
Spring
Summer
Undergraduate
12
12
12
Graduate
9
9
9

 

Half-Time

Classification
Fall
Spring
Summer
Undergraduate
6
6
6
Graduate
6
6
6

 

Note:

*Pell Grant/TEACH awards are prorated based on hours enrolled.

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