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A $1 million endowment to our Purple Promise program from the University of Texas System raised the qualifying income threshold from $30,000 to $80,000*. This expansion makes our program available to hundreds more students. Read more on UT's website.

Our Purple Promise Guarantee Program pays the remaining balance for tuition and regular fees (for up to 15 semester credit hours) that are not covered by other grants, scholarships, exemptions, benefits or waivers.

The program is only available to first-time, first-year students. Advanced placement or dual credit that counts toward the degree and courses taken in the summer preceding SFA enrollment will not prevent consideration of first-time students. Incoming transfer students are not eligible for the program. The Purple Promise program will only cover up to four years toward your undergraduate degree.

Students don't have to apply for the program — funds will be automatically applied to those who qualify based on the requirements listed below.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a Texas resident
  • Be a “dependent student” as defined by FAFSA
  • Have a combined family adjusted gross income of $80,000 or less, based on the information you enter on your FAFSA
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Complete all financial aid application requirements by June 1 before the application period, including:
    • admission to SFA as a regular degree-seeking student
    • financial aid office receipt of valid FAFSA
  • Complete at least 30 credit hours each consecutive academic year with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.2

Purple Promise does not cover tuition and fees for summer semesters.

*The increased income threshold applies to new first-year students only.



Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Physical address: Austin Building, Room 104

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 13052, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962