Grants are federal, state or institutional funds which are considered "free money", meaning they do not have to be paid back. Grants are usually need based and are conditional based on enrollment, GPA and other factors determined by the grant program. It is important to apply early to be considered for state or institutional grants as funding is limited. Unlike Pell Grants, schools receive a set amount of funds each year for these programs.
Waivers are programs that allow students to pay reduced, or in some cases free, tuition and fees. Waivers are deducted directly from tuition charges and are usually included as resources, not direct awards, on the student's financial aid package.
Pell Grants are usually awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree.
How much can I get?
The amount you qualify for will depend on your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), your enrollment status and whether you attend school for a full academic year.
Maximum Duration of Eligibility - limits the time students can receive Pell Grants to up to 12 semesters or six years.
Iraq/Afghanistan Service Members' Survivors Benefit - Children of U.S. military veterans may be eligible to receive the maximum Pell Grant award if their parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and died as a result of performing military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001. The student must have been under 24 years of age or enrolled in college at the time of parent or guardian's death. The student must already be eligible for Pell Grant.
Involuntary Civil Commitment - Any student who is subject to involuntary civil commitment after completing a period of incarceration for a forcible or non-forcible sexual offense is ineligible to receive Pell Grant.
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is awarded to Pell eligible, undergraduate students who have not received a Bachelor's degree and demonstrate exceptional financial need - those with the lowest EFC as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Priority is given to students who meet the priority deadline (March 15th) and enroll full-time. SEOG may be awarded to students who apply late or enroll less than full-time based on funding.
The amount of SEOG you receive depends on your financial need, the amount of other aid received and the availability of funds. Each school participating in the program receives a set amount of SEOG funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. When all funds have been exhausted, no more SEOG awards can be made for the year. It is important to apply early to be considered for SEOG funds.
The TEACH Grant program awards eligible students who plan to teach and complete the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve up to $4,000 per year (pro-rated for less than full-time). The maximum allowed for a baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate certification program is $16,000 and a graduate program has an $8,000 maximum limit.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
- Be enrolled as an undergraduate with Junior or Senior standing or graduate student in a TEACH-Grant eligible program
- Complete TEACH Grant counseling
- Sign the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve for each award period with the U.S. Department of Education
Recipients will be required to teach in a Title I school AND a high need field for four out of the eight years immediately following the completion of study or upon ceasing enrollment. Partial credit cannot be earned for serving part of the required four years. Four years of service are required regardless of how many years or the amount of TEACH Grants received. If you do not fulfill the teaching service obligation, your TEACH Grant(s) will be converted into Unsubsidized Direct Loans that must be paid back with interest accrued from the original award date. Once a TEACH Grant has been converted to a Direct Loan it cannot be changed back.
High-need fields recognized for TEACH Grant are:
- Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
- Foreign Language
- Reading Specialist
- Special Education
Other teacher shortage areas identified as high-need by the federal government, a state government or local education agency and that is included in the annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing.
Designated low income schools recognized for the TEACH Grant are provided at www.tcli.ed.gov (click on the SEARCH button)
The purpose of the TEXAS Grant is to provide eligible, well-prepared high school graduates money for tuition and fees which will enable them to attend an institution of higher education.
To be considered, a student must be a Texas resident and a graduate of an accredited Texas High School (or received an Associate Degree from a public Texas college) and completed the Recommended High School Program or Distinguished Achievement Program in high school. Students must enroll in a non-profit public college or university within 16 months of graduation (within 12 months of receiving an associate's degree) and have accumulated no more than 30 credit hours, excluding those earned for concurrent courses or awarded by examination. Students must file a FAFSA or TASFA, have an EFC of 5,088 or less and demonstrate financial need. Male students must register for the Selective Service. Students must enroll for at least 9 hours in an undergraduate, degree-seeking program. Students who have been convicted of a felony or a crime involving a controlled substance or have received a bachelor's degree are not eligible for Texas Grant.
First-time recipients must maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and complete 67% of the total hours attempted at the end of the first academic year. Renewal students must maintain an overall grade point average of at least 2.5 and complete 24 hours at the end of each academic year. Transfer students must have previously received an initial award, not have been out of school for more than 12 months and demonstrate financial need. A transfer student's prior institution must confirm they met academic requirements and eligibility will be confirmed with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).
Students entering the program from high school and who continue to meet the program requirements can receive awards for up to one of the following, whichever comes first: 1) when student earns a bachelor's degree, 2) five (5) years from the start of the semester in which the student received their initial award, or 3) 150 semester credit hours have been attempted. Students entering the program based on an associate's degree and who continue to meet program requirements can receive awards for up to one of the following, whichever comes first: 1) 90 credit hours of TEXAS grant funds, 2) when student earns a bachelor's degree, 3) three (3) years from the start of the semester in which the student received their initial award, or 4) 150 semester credit hours have been attempted.
Resident Assistance Grant
The Resident Assistant Grant is an institutional grant made available through state funding. The Resident Assistance Grant is awarded to Texas residents who demonstrate financial need. Priority is given to students who meet the priority deadline (March 15th) and enroll full-time. Grants may be awarded to students who apply late or enroll less then full-time based on funding. The University receives a certain amount of funds from the state each year and cannot offer awards once all funds have been exhausted.
Texas Public Education Grant
The Texas Public Education Grant is an institutional grant made available through state funding. TPEG is awarded to students who demonstrate financial need. Priority is given to students who meet the priority deadline (March 15th) and enroll full-time. Grants may be awarded to students who apply late or enroll less than full-time based on funding. The University receives a certain amount of funds from the state each year and cannot offer awards once all funds have been exhausted.
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