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Grants

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.

Federal Pell Grant

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.  

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

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. FSEOG may be awarded to students who apply late or enroll less than full-time based on funding.

The amount of FSEOG 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 FSEOG funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. When all funds have been exhausted, no more FSEOG awards can be made for the year. It is important to apply early to be considered for FSEOG funds. 

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH)

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.

Students must:

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.

Toward Excellence, Access, and Success Grant (TEXAS)

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. 

Resident Assistance Grant (TRESU, TRESG)

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 (TPEG)

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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