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.
Pell Grants are usually awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree.
How much can I receive?
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.
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.
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.
Maximum Pell Grant Duration of Eligibility
The duration of a student's eligibility to receive a Federal Pell Grant is 12 semesters or its equivalent. This means that a Pell-eligible student attending school full-time can receive Pell Grant for a maximum of 6 years (600%). The calculation of the duration of a student's eligibility will include all years of the student's receipt of Federal Pell Grant funding. For more information on how the Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility (LEU) is calculated click here. To view your Pell Grant LEU log-in to NSLDS; the LEU will be found on the Financial Aid Review page.
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 Resident Assistance 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. Must apply by submitting a FAFSA or TASFA. The list of available grants and scholarships are as follows:
|Undergraduate Students||Graduate Students|
|TACCES||Texas Access Scholarship||TRESG||DUSTY TX Resident Grant|
|TRESU||DUSTY TX Resident Grant||TRGRSG||TX Resident Summer Grant|
|TRSSG||Texas Resident Success Grant||TXRGSC||TX Resident Scholarship|
|TRUGSG||TX Resident Summer Grant|
|TRUGSS||TX Resident Summer Scholars|
|TXRUSC||TX Resident Scholarship|
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (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.
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 form 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:
Designated low income schools recognized for the TEACH Grant are provided at www.tcli.ed.gov
It is important that you understand your obligation if you are interested in applying for the TEACH Grant, for more information click here.
The purpose of the Toward Excellence, Access, and Success (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 form 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 form concurrent courses or awarded by examination. Students must file a FAFSA or TASFA, have an EFC of 5088 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. Student who have 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 grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 and complete 67% of the total hours attempted a that the end of the first academic year. Renewal students must maintain an overall GPA 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 form more than 12 months and demonstrate financial need. A transfer student's prior institution must confirm they met academic requirements and eligibility will be confirm 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:
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:
The Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) 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 student 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. This grant is available to both Undergraduate and Graduate students that are Texas Residents and NOn-Residents. Must Apply by submitting a FAFSA or TASFA.
|Undergraduate Students||Graduate Students|
|TPEGM||TPEG Resident Grant||TPEGGN||TPEG Non-Resident Grant|
|TPEGMS||TPEG Resident Grant TASFA||TPEGGR||TPEG Resident Grant|
|TPEGN||TPEG NonResident Grant|
|TPEGNS||TPEG NonResident Summer Grant|
|TPEGR||TPEG Resident Grant|
|TPRUGS||TPEG Resident Summer Grant|
|TRESUS||TPEG DUSTY Grant|